By KIMMI, The Plastic Diaries – September 24, 2013
When you hear the word “placenta” I am almost positive you are not thinking about anti-aging. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong. Let’s face it, placenta is one of the words we probably try to avoid hearing. So what would you think if I said some people actually consume placenta EVERY DAY? No, I am not one of those people but when I found out placenta was being taken as a nutritional supplement I just had to find out more.
Rumours are that Victoria Beckham and Simon Cowell are big fans of placenta facials, so can we expect to have their youthful skin if we swallow a bit of after-birth each day? As disgusting as it may sound some believe it is so because chinese medicine has used placenta for over 1400 years. Johnson & Barana is one company here in Australia selling placenta capsules. I asked Ming Xie, Ph.D from J&B a few questions to try and get my head around this concept.
What are Placenta Capsules? Do they really contain placenta and if so, where does it come from?
Sheep Placenta Capsules are a nutritional supplement. Its main ingredient is sheep placenta concentrate/extract that is sourced from healthy sheep farms in Australia and New Zealand.
What benefits could placenta have on the human body?
Placenta is a rich source of nutrients, growth factors and bio-active cytokines. It is based on these bio-essentials that new life is developed. Its main healthy benefits are promoting general health, boosting immune functions and promoting healthy aging.
Are there any known side effects? Is it possible to consume too much placenta or overdose?
There are no known side effects associated with sheep placenta consumption. However, sheep placenta is not recommended for cancer and other tumour sufferers. J&B Sheep Placenta has a recommended dosage of one capsule per day. That is the optimal dosage. We do not recommend consuming more than 2 capsules a day.
If you can get past the icky factor, the benefits of these capsules could help to improve your skin firmness and complexion, boost your energy levels and strengthen your immune system – all of which are important to keeping healthy and looking good. However, would the squeamish face you are going to pull every morning when you try to take the tablets end up causing you more wrinkles? That is something only you can decide.