Why Ingest Your Placenta?
Almost every mammal ingests their own placenta after giving birth, sometimes even ignoring their young until the placenta has been completely consumed. The big question is why do mammals take the time to do this? Some believe that it is to eradicate the scent of the afterbirth in an effort to avoid attracting scavengers and predators who might be nearby, but if that were the only reason it seems like the safest action might be to move offspring away from the afterbirth as quickly as possible. Probably at least part of the reason mammals take the time to consume their placentas is the fact that they are extremely nutrient rich organs that provide essential vitamins, minerals, proteins, and hormones needed to recover from birth and care for offspring.
Human placentas are high in iron, protein, vitamin B6, and hormones that replenish the body and restore and balance hormonal fluctuations after childbirth. Traditional Chinese Medicine has used placenta (Ze He Che) for thousands of years to augment the body’s “Qi” (life-force energy), and nourish the body’s “Essence.” Encapsulating your placenta is the easiest (and most tasteless) way to consume this powerful remedy.