What is placenta encapsulation? 

  • Placenta encapsulation is the process of dehydrating, powdering, and packaging a placenta into small, easy to swallow capsules for you to consume during the postpartum period.

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Why encapsulate my placenta?

People who consume their placentas postpartum report:

  • postpartum wounds healing and bleeding ceasing more quickly
  • reduced pain postpartum
  • feelings of excitement and elation, less feelings of depression and hopelessness
  • increased milk supply


What does the placenta consist of?

The placenta is rich in a wide variety of nutrients, hormones, minerals, opioids, amino acids, and stem cells:

  • hormones: estrogen, progesterone, androgen, growth hormone (Phaupradit et al, 691) and steroids (Beacock, 464).
    • thought to contain corticotrophin releasing hormone (Beacock, 465).
  • amino acids: peptides, indolemines, catecholeminds (Beacock 464).
  • minerals: sodium, potassium, phosphorus (Phaupradit et al, 692).
  • “The placenta is also thought to retain several other hormones, opioids, and nutrients previously stored and transported within it, including proteins, iron, vitamin B6, [and] oxytocin (Beacock, 465).

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How can these vitamins and minerals benefit me?

  • based on anecdotal evidence as well as scientific studies, it is beleived that the vitamins and minerals contained in placental tissue may:
    • increase milk supply
    • reduce pain
    • increase speed in which wounds heal
    • decrease rates of postpartum mood disorders such as:
      • depression
      • anxiety
      • fatigue




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