Barbie Xu or Da S (å¾ç†™åª›) who said recently that she is keen on eating her sister’s placenta to enhance her beauty had apparently caused a media stir.Â Though she later clarified that she had meant it as a joke, I believe she might have been really keen on the idea because I had learnt last year that eatingÂ placenta can indeed improve one’s complexion and give one glowing skin.
And this is definitely human placenta we’re talking about, not plant placenta or sheep placenta.Â Â
In fact, it has been reported that many women, especially the celebrities areÂ said to beÂ keen on eating placenta to regain a youthful complexion.Â The following news excerpt for example, was featured in my personal blog before and goes to prove thatÂ there are women who consume placenta for beauty sake:
Cassandra See, 35, a part-time TCS actress believes that eating her placenta after giving birth to her only son, Lukas, played a part in her speedy recovery from casesarian childbirth as well as giving her a glowing complexion.
She had apparently baked it in her oven like a roast beef until it was dry and crisp, pounded it and put into capsules which she then swallowed every morning on an empty stomach. (Less yucky if you compare to Tom Cruise’s idea of vowing to eat his wife’sÂ placenta and cord upon the birth of their baby.)
Surprised?Â Well, there is even a term Placentophagy to describe this practice because the placenta is apparentlyÂ rich in minerals and vitamins, especially B6 and said to delay aging.
According to this article, Placenta of Attraction, which discusses eating placenta in the name of beauty,Â human placentaÂ which isÂ readily availableÂ from China can even be foundÂ as a dried form from Chinese medical halls in Singapore.Â
But before anyone dash out to grab some,Â you might want to read this recentÂ news report in which a doctor warned against consuming placenta extract.
There has been no scientific proof that placenta extract is effective in bringing back one’s youth or improving skin quality, Fung said. There is generally no thorough sterilization during the process of refining human or animal placenta and viruses like HIV or hepatitis B could grow in it.
So the question to myself is: would I have wanted to eat my own placenta five years ago had I knew about all these?