Did you know that, other than camels, humans are the only mammal that doesn’t consume their placenta?
A widely noted benefit of placenta consumption is how it helps with postpartum depression, or prevents it all together.The placenta has very high levels of some vitamins, such as B6. This is the one that helps out with postpartum depression. The mother can reclaim these vitamins by ingesting her placenta.During pregnancy, the placenta takes over making CRH, a corticotrophin-releasing hormone, normally secreted by the hypothalamus, and well-known to be a stress reducer. During the last trimester of pregnancy, the placenta secretes the highest levels of CRH, also pouring great quantities into the mother’s bloodstream. With so much CRH being produced by the placenta, the hypothalamus actually shuts down its production. After the delivery of the placenta, the mother is sort of going “cold turkey” as the placenta is expelled in an instant. Now the hypothalamus has to compensate for the now low levels of CRH and begin secreting CRH again on its own again. This does not always happen easily or immediately, which results in the mother having much lower than average levels of CRH, thus triggering depression. A reasonable explanation for postpartum depression and an obvious but overlooked solution.
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