The placenta's job is to transport oxygen and other crucial nutrients to
promote fetal growth, as well as filter toxins that might harm the fetus.
Health experts led by an obstetrician from New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City studied the consumption of this organ in various forms, including pills and it being cooked and found inadequate preparation could be insufficient to eradicate infections such as Zika, hepatitis and HIV.
Lead researcher Amos Grunebaum said that as obstetricians, it's important to tell the truth and the truth is that it's potentially harmful and therefore, don't do it.
Human placentas have been consumed in many forms: raw, cooked, roasted, dehydrated, steamed and capsule form, or in smoothies or other drinks, but the study found no health benefits in new mothers after consuming placenta and went as far as to urge doctors to warn their patients against it.
The researchers conducted survey on placenta consumption and found that nearly 54 percent of obstetricians and gynecologists felt uninformed about the risks and benefits of the practice, and 60 percent were unsure whether they should be in favor of it.
The research appears in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (ANI)