As the argument claims, placentophagy in humans does not have any scientific proof that endorses its benefits. On the contrary, there are instances in recent history where consuming the placenta has put the health of the baby at risk.
The placenta, while providing nutrients and oxygen to the baby in utero, also filters out its waste products. As a result, the chances of the placenta having bacteria and virus is sufficiently high. Furthermore, the steaming and dehydration techniques used while processing it do not adequately guarantee its complete sanitization.
In 2016, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was notified about an ailing infant who developed a case of late-onset group B Streptococcus. After a series of extensive tests, it was revealed that the infection originated from the mother’s placenta which had been treated and converted into a pill. She consumed two pills, thrice a day since three days after the birth of her child.
This showcases that no scientific proof for the benefits of placenta consumption exists, and instead proof that is indeed harmful is in abundance.