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New Study: Is Eating Placenta Good For Mothers?

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Pills are made from dehydrated placenta.

Eating placenta isn’t common among women who have just given birth, but the practice is growing.

Advocates say it reduces pain, increases energy levels and milk production, and generally eases recovery.

But those claims lack scientific proof.

The topic hasn’t been studied much, but a group of researchers at UNLV and UNR has set out to change that.

They've studied the presence of iron, hormones and minerals in placentas after they've been processed and put into capsules.

Their studies were conducted with help from Placenta Benefits, a Las Vegas-based business that helps women prepare their placentas.

Laura Gryder, project director, UNR School of Medicine; Sharon Young, program manager for undergraduate research, UNLV. 

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Kristy Totten is a producer at KNPR's State of Nevada. Previously she was a staff writer at Las Vegas Weekly, and has covered technology, education and economic development for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She's a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.