Placenta Is Secret Ingredient In Japanese Health Drink

04/15/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A Japanese company is marketing a line of health drinks and beauty products with a special secret ingredient: Placenta.

Nobody embraces the mystery and power of childbirth like me, home-birthing mom of two. But a line must be drawn somewhere, and I believe I'm not alone when I say the line will be drawn at ingesting the afterbirth.

But that's just me. There's a lot of historical precedent for eating a placenta, I'm told. It's chock full of nutrients and minerals lost during childbirth. Women who ingest their placenta in some form after birth reportedly say they feel more upbeat and are less prone to post-partum depression.

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