Put the placenta cut into ice cubes in a blender with the rest of the ingredients. Even the fiance likes smoothies.
Placenta smoothies helped her get back on her feet after giving birth, says a young mother from Australia’s Golden Coast. And they are said to be so tasty that even your fiance likes them. The drink contains pomegranate juice, frozen berries, yogurt, banana, coconut oil, honey, and a mixture of chia and flax seeds mixed with an ice cube-sized piece of placenta. They liked it, reports the “New York Post”.
The placenta is an organ that attaches to the lining of the uterus during pregnancy. It connects the mother and baby in the womb and supplies them with oxygen, nutrients and hormones. It also transports the baby’s secretions away. After the baby is born, the placenta is also expelled with several more contractions.
Eating the placenta is an ancient practice that has been observed in several cultures. Its consumption is said to reduce the risk of postpartum depression and increase the quality of breast milk. However, scientists are of the opinion that consumption does not bring any benefits to new mothers and could even be harmful. Experts fear that ingesting the organ could transmit bacterial or viral infections.
“Say only good things”
Tiana-Rose gave birth to her second son six months ago and decided to add placenta to her smoothies after hearing it was said to help with postpartum depression and anxiety. “I have nothing but good things to say about my own experience and the experience of women around the world,” the mother told NeedToKnow.Online, describing the unconventional drink as “life-changing.” The 24-year-old initially wanted to have capsules made from the placenta, but then started researching recipes and ended up discovering a tasty-sounding concoction in a cookbook for new mums.
“Like a Cranberry”
“After the birth, the placenta was placed in a sterilized tray and our doula (a non-medical assistant, Anm.), because we had a home birth, they immediately started preparing it in our kitchen,” Tiana-Rose recalls. “She cut the placenta into 2-inch cubes and froze them. If needed, she added one of the cubes to the rest of the smoothie ingredients. “I heard about placenta smoothies and thought they were gross… [aber] Honestly, it was impossible to tell that the placenta was there. I was very surprised,” she gushes. “My fiance Luca also tried it and was absolutely thrilled. He thought it tasted like a cranberry shake.”
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“Overcoming Disgusting Association”
By cutting the placenta into small cubes, the mother survived for several weeks. “The days I took them I definitely felt energetic, the days I didn’t I was sluggish and tired.” The Australian author is now encouraging other expectant mothers to try to preserve their placenta. “I would encourage mums to try their placenta, whether it’s a smoothie or a capsule. Once you get past the gross association, it’s actually quite good.”
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