We think growth factors found in placental tissue don’t get enough recognition. These complex compounds are so important they deserve a page of their own.
The following information is described by Lynnea Shrief, Founder of the Independent Placenta Encapsulation Network (IPEN).
What are growth factors?
A growth factor is a naturally occurring substance capable of stimulating cellular growth, proliferation and cellular differentiation. Usually it is a protein or a steroid hormone. Growth factors are important for regulating a variety of cellular processes.
Growth factors typically act as signaling molecules between cells. Examples are cytokines and hormones that bind to specific receptors on the surface of their target cells. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Growth_factor)
What does that mean?
Growth Factors are responsible for signaling our cells to heal, repairing damaged cells or replacing dead cells.
How many growth factors are in the human placenta?
The human placenta contains potent amounts, over 128 rich growth factors. Recent scientific research has shown that placenta is a rich healing and development agent for the body. Inside the womb these growth factors are responsible for triggering cell mitosis (cell division) or the making of new cells. Because the fetus grows at such a rapid rate many growth factors are needed to facilitate the growth process of the unborn baby’s organs, tissue, nerves, bones and the brain in such a short period of time.
Are growth factors necessary to heal after birth?
Yes, growth factors will play a large role in the body’s healing process after birth, however as we age our bodies produce less and less of these growth factors slowing our body’s natural regeneration processes. As well, new mothers will be passing most of their body’s important nutrients to their new baby through the breast milk, leaving little nutrients for themselves. When the placenta is consumed after birth the rich growth factors give direct attention to damaged or developing tissue in the body, most importantly uterine, vaginal and breast tissue. We believe these growth factors have a direct connection with the almost immediate slowing of blood loss after consumption of the raw placenta smoothie. Mammals who consume the placenta never bleed after birth because they consume their entire placenta raw giving the body a large boost of the growth factors needed to heal the body completely and immediately.
What research has been done to prove these effects?
Mitogenic action of cytokines from placenta are shown to have physiological affects on the body including anti-inflammatory properties, regulation of the autonomous system, improvement of blood circulation, wound tissue healing, inhibition of protease, enhancement of nerve generation, balancing multiple hormone levels, immune boosting, analgesic effect and improvement of intestinal environment. (MFIII Human Placenta Injection, 2009)
Around the world many pharmaceutical companies are researching the benefits of using growth factors from human or animal placenta to aid in tissue regeneration. MFIII Human Placenta Injection is sold on the Internet for a heavy price giving the public a chance to benefit from placenta extract for a wide range of health problems. Famous footballers from UK premiership teams are being flown to countries like Switzerland and Serbia to have placenta injections to aid in the recovery process after serious injuries. Placenta extract is also used in high-end face creams and anti-aging balms and serums.
Research into placenta extract and the benefits of using growth factors for medicinal purposes is still ongoing however the benefits of using the placenta outside of the womb are now clear and only proves more why new mothers should consider keeping their rich organ for themselves.
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Information provided by IPEN Placenta Network, Professional Training in Placenta Services