The placenta has invariably intrigued people through the ages, from considering it supernatural to abhorring it as dirty or unclean. In some cultures, the dried placenta has been used as a health restorative with purported benefits of cell renewal and rejuvenation.
In recent times, there is considerable interest in naturally-derived products, particularly those from living tissues. This heightened interest is due to the latest developments and discoveries in genetics and renewed research findings show that various animal tissues contain numerous active ingredients that foster repair, regeneration and rejuvenation. The active ingredients include bioactive substances such as RNA, DNA, peptides, amino acids, proteins, lipids, and enzymes. There is a recent increase in the placenta’s use for cosmetic purposes and for its purported anti-aging properties.
What is New Zealand Sheep Placenta?
The placenta is an organ unique to mammals and connects the developing foetus to the womb, supplying oxygen and nutrients to the foetus inside the mother’s abdomen. After being delivered with the foetus, the placenta is usually discarded or eaten by the mother (in some animals). Sheep placenta, like all mammalian placentae, develops within the uterus of pregnant sheep providing oxygen and nutrients to the lamb. It is harvested when the lamb is born.
Why is Sheep Placenta Used?
Sheep placenta is favoured because it is easily harvested, the sheep, being one of the most timid of animals. Of particular interest, is the fact that sheep have a strong immune system which on extrapolation into placental tissue, is used to justify the use of sheep placenta for its anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties.
Ageing have been closely associated with increased inflammation and oxidative damage to various tissues. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of placenta provide effective anti-ageing, while also providing energy and vitality due to its rich vitamin and hormonal content.
It is also acceptable to all religions, particularly the Muslim and Hindu community who avoid pig and cow placenta.
What are the Active Ingredients of NutriNZ Sheep Placenta?
NutriNZ Sheep Placenta is a blend of Grapeseed Extract and Vitamin-E. It is rich in bioactive substances such as RNA, DNA, peptides, hyaluronic acid, amino acids, vitamins, proteins, lipids, and enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD) which are responsible for its various beneficial effects. These active ingredients induce an anabolic effect and assist in energy production, improving age-related physical functions. This improvement in physical function prevents undue stress and depression leading to improvement of general health and wellbeing.
There is potential for transfer of passive immunity in the form of immunoglobulins or antibodies which normally traverse the placenta during intrauterine life. Placenta extract still contain these antibodies and supposedly boost the immune system of the consumer.
Epidermal growth factor (EGF), transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), senescent cell activating factors (SCAFs) and CD31+ are all chemicals that promote cell growth and hydration, hormone regulation and oxygen transfer. Although the mechanisms by which sheep placenta improves general health and wellbeing are unknown, it is clear that it has a beneficial effect in providing energy and vitality.
What are the Uses of NutriNZ Sheep Placenta?
NutriNZ Sheep placenta is the commonest type of placenta used for cosmetic or medicinal purposes. Sheep placenta has been used to promote general health and wellbeing besides its highly acclaimed anti-ageing properties. Some of the health benefits of sheep placenta include:
- Powerful anti-ageing benefits both internally and externally
- Helps restore balance and regulate feelings of depression
- Helps maintain cognitive function and improves concentration
- Improves sleeping patterns and vitality
What are the Risks and Side Effects of Sheep Placenta?
Side effects due to sheep placenta are mainly due to the hormonal upheaval. Side effects due to other active ingredients are rare, if any. Sheep placenta has been used since ancient times and to good effect. Despite little or no side-effects seen with sheep placenta, it is important to consider your source of sheep placenta for consumption or local application.
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