A placenta what??? The millions of questions that flit through your mind as you read that phrase. Does it taste nasty? What are the benefits? Do you grind up the whole placenta? Why would anyone drink that? Or you may be gagging on the idea of consuming it at all.
I am here to tell you placenta smoothies taste great! They taste like a normal, everyday smoothie and the benefits are astounding!
Let us start with the basics. What is a placenta smoothie? It consists of fruit, liquid (almond milk, milk, juice, etc), and a quarter-sized piece of placenta. The amount of placenta used can vary depending on your needs and taste buds.
Placenta Smoothie Benefits
Women all over the world have reported:
- Improved mood
- Increased energy
- Improved lactation
- Less bleeding
- Regulation of hormones
- Reduced pain
- Improved sleep
- Improved mother/baby bonding
- and much, much more!
The great thing about placenta smoothies is you get the full benefits without losing any known hormonal or nutritional value. The process of encapsulation involves dehydration and sometimes steaming, depending on a variety of factors and choices. Some believe these processes change and alter the hormones and nutrients on a molecular level, thus rendering them not as beneficial to the woman postpartum.
Placenta that is prepared for smoothies is kept frozen and is suggested to be used within six months. To get the maximum benefits, it is recommended to consume the entire placenta within the typical postpartum period of six weeks.
A smoothie can be a wonderful addition to an encapsulation package. Prepared and consumed shortly after birth, the benefits begin manifesting shortly after consumption. A smoothie can also be a wonderful option for women who hemorrhage postpartum. It can help her uterus clamp down faster, thus helping prevent future bleeding. Many women who have previously experienced postpartum depression seek out the services of a Placenta Preparation Specialist. A smoothie can add a sense of comfort as the benefits are fed into the system shortly after birth.
There are many benefits of consuming a placenta smoothie. Consider adding one to your postpartum care list.