Get to Know the Placenta 1: Biology 101


In child-bearing mammals, placenta is a specialized organ made of both parental and embryonic tissue. The placenta is an organ that develops in the womb during pregnancy.

As a treasure house of concentrated nourishment, placenta is supporting the baby’s growth and development in the womb during the entire pregnancy process. Placenta is responsible for transporting vital nutrients and oxygen to growing baby, whilst removing carbon dioxide and other waste products.

Placenta contains numerous biologically active substances including those which babies are unable to produce by themselves. It contains abundant levels of nutrients, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, natural growth factors, antioxidants and other nourishment which are necessary to ensure optimum growth and development.

Ironically, placenta is also the only organ that body makes and then gets rid of at the time of delivery. In a normal delivery process, body will naturally push it out through vaginal. Usually, human placenta weighs around 1 pound.

The practice of human placentophagy (the act of consuming placenta after birth) has been recorded throughout the world and was popularized by famous celebrities. Some people believe that the nutritional value of placenta can help to boost body energy and enhance breast milk production. They say the placenta can balance body hormones to prevent postpartum depression and insomnia. However, the research on human placentophagy is still at infancy.

Besides human placentophagy, the usage of animal placenta for the purpose of rejuvenation and treatment of various chronic diseases has also been documented in the history since 5000 years ago.

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As a winner of Mrs Malaysia Tourism Queen Classic 2017 and Miss Malaysia Queen of the Year International 1995, Previtha Thiyagarajah needs to maintain her beauty and continue to be a role model to all women. Although Previtha has tried many ways to sustain her youthful charms, taking placenta products is the most helpful.

“I need to wake up as early as 6am to prepare breakfast for my children and send them to school every weekday. If I don’t keep myself fit, healthy and beautiful, I don’t think I am able to do that. It is not easy to raise children.” said Previtha who is a mother to four children.

However, since Previtha started to consume placenta products in 2009, she found herself more energetic, and experienced greater hormonal balance and thus, her menstruation is much more in control.

“Before I took placenta products, I feel easily cold and tired. But now no more. Placenta products help improve my blood circulation and reduce fine lines on my face,” she said.

“Winning the beauty pageant also comes with high responsibility. I need to have a clear conscience and carry myself well in front of everyone. Thanks to placenta products which have many goodness and nutrients to give me strength and stamina. I have so much more confidence now,” she added.

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