Nutritional composition and heavy metal content of the human placenta

Sydney Chang, Laura Lodico, Zev Williams

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Abstract

Despite the vital and diverse roles of the placenta, remarkably little is known about its actual composition. Moreover, as placentophagy becomes increasingly popular, understanding the nutritional and heavy metal composition of the human placenta has practical implications. Here we evaluated the carbohydrate, sugar, protein, fat, cholesterol, vitamin, and heavy metal composition of the human placenta from uncomplicated singleton pregnancies and found that it contains a significant amount of cholesterol, protein, iron, and selenium, but no detectable levels of cadmium, arsenic, or mercury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-102
Number of pages3
JournalPlacenta
Volume60
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alternative health
  • Human placenta
  • Nutritional composition
  • Placentophagy

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