With advancement in medical research and breakthrough in technology, it is believed that aging could be reversible. Imagine you wake up one day, looking at the mirror and realize that your skin no longer feel soft and supple like it used to be. Face it, ladies, it is an ugly truth, but as we grow older, our skin will lose its suppleness and natural glow. The changes in our skin’s connective tissue will also indirectly makes our skin loses its elasticity and strength. Now, let’s do something about it. How does placenta help?
The question falls to many new consumers. Which do I go for? Would there be a difference between Deer or Sheep placenta? The word placenta derives from the Greek word “plakoenta” meaning “Flat Cake”, with a flat, round or oval shape appearance, with the outermost and innermost membrane known as the chorion and the amnion respectively. [1,2] The placenta is indeed an organ that connects the developing fetus and the uterine wall in order to allow nutrient uptake, gas exchange and waste elimination through the mother’s blood supply. Placenta serves as a natural storehouse of many biologically active components with significant healing attributes. 
Historically, the placenta was recognized as a traditional folk medicine in China and other parts of the world with its vast nutrients and biological active components. In China, Li Shizen’s “Compendium of Materia Media” in the sixteenth century documented dried human placenta, also known as “Zi He Che” to increase energy and vitality and for the treatment of impotence, infertility, liver and kidney problems. 
Deer placenta contains Protein, Amino Acids, Multivitamins, Minerals and other essential elements that could help in nourishing human body. One of the important components found in Deer placenta is Hyaluronic acid, which can help nurture our skin, improve joint function and may promote healthy vision. Deer placenta also contains high levels of IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor-1) which may promote healthy tissues growth and organ. IGF affects almost every cell of our bodies such as skin, muscle, liver, cartilage, bone, kidney, nerves and lungs. It is involved in the synthesis of cellular DNA, apart from assisting in the regulating of normal development and growth of cells.
How about Sheep placenta then?
Sheep placenta is always valued for its high nutritional content. It is a vital part of the sheep that nourishes the fetus in the womb. It is a unique organ that can be found in mammals that supplies oxygen and nutrients to the fetus. Rich in Vitamins and bioactive substances, Sheep placenta has been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines, retain moisture content in the skin and also may promote youthfulness. When consumed, Sheep placenta may help to improve an individual’s immune system, thus lead to better general health.
Holistic Way Babeskin Sheep Placenta contains extracts equivalent to 20,000 mg of fresh sheep placenta and grape seed extract. It may help support healthy cell renewal and the ability to help promote skin elasticity, a healthy, smooth and radiant skin that results in a youthful appearance. On the other hand, Holistic Way Premium Deer Placenta Fresh 9000mg contains extracts equivalent to 9000mg of fresh deer placenta, grape seed extract and grape seed oil. Rich in protein, amino acids, hyaluronic acids, vitamins and minerals, this deer placenta may deliver necessary nutrients required by the skin. Hyaluronic acid within may support healthy extracellular matrix with water locking capability, thus providing suppleness to our skin. Grapeseed extract contains high levels of antioxidants that may protect the skin from free radicals damage, hence promotes skin elasticity and maintains a youthful appearance. Suitable for both men and women to support youthfulness, vitality and to enhance general well-being.
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- Shizhen L, Xiwen L (1593) In: Kaimin H, Yousheng C (Eds.), Compendium of materia medica: bencao gangmu. Beijing, China: Foreign Language Press pp 4182-4186.
Prepared by Nutritionist Jen on 31st July 2018