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How Does January Jones Keep Her Energy Levels High? Eating Placenta

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‘Mad Men’ star January Jones, who gave birth to son Xander in September, has a rather unusual way of dealing with the drain of being both a new mom and a busy working actress: a healthy diet, vitamins, and eating her own placenta.

Wait. What?

In an interview with People magazine, she explained what “placenta encapsulation” is:

“Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins. It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re only the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas. It’s not witch-crafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!”

Apparently there are companies now that will pick up your placenta, steam it, dry it and put it into capsules for you. Dr. David Katz, founder of the Yale Prevention Center, said “there is certainly a potential medicinal use” to eating one’s own afterbirth, because it’s “nutrient-rich and a source of hormones.”

The medical community as a whole says there’s no real evidence that partaking of placenta boosts energy levels — but science aside, there’s no questioning Jones bounced back from childbirth pretty damned fast. She returned to work on ‘Mad Men’ within about six weeks (with Xander and a nanny tucked away in a room on the set).

Good for her. But when we need a jolt, we’ll just stick with lattes and vitamin B, thanks.

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