The placenta is an organ that only exists during pregnancy and has very specific functions, such as producing hormones. providing nutrients and oxygen to the baby, protecting the fetus from impacts inside the womb and eliminating residues the fetus produces. After nine months of intense activity, the placenta is naturally  expelled from the woman’s body during normal birth contractions. During a C-section, it is removed after the newborn comes out. After cutting the umbilical cord, the placenta often ends up in the hospital’s organic trash bin.

In recent years, however, the placenta has been repurposed in other ways – a controversial and debated topic among experts – it’s still important to learn about other options available. Placentophagy, or the act of eating one’s placenta, vent viral after socialite Kim Kardashian publicly revealed she had joined the movement.

The organ can be consumed in three different ways – raw, seasoned or in the form of a capsule. The goal, according to those who’ve adhered to the practice, is to replenish nutritional loss – mainly why most mammals do it. Others opt to use the placenta as a fertilizer or transform it into art.