Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Understanding the hype for Sheep Placenta -Nueliv Sheep Placenta Extract Review

 Placenta has a long history of being used in traditional medicine for cosmetic and medicinal purposes. And Sheep placenta is the commonest type of placenta used. But what is it really about?

What is Sheep Placenta Extract?

Placenta is an organ which links the unborn baby to the mother in the womb. It transfers oxygen and nutrients to the fetus from the mother and removes fetal waste products to the mother. 

Sheep placenta is rich in vitamins and bioactive components like RNA, DNA, peptides, hyaluronic acid, amino acids, proteins, antibody molecules called immunoglobulins, lipids, and enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD) which is a potent anti-oxidant. 

What are the potential benefits of Sheep Placenta Supplementation?

Sheep placenta contains hyaluronic acid, Epidermal growth factor (EGF), transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), senescent cell activating factors (SCAFs) and CD31+. These are chemicals which promote cell growth, healing and tissue repair which plays a role in slowing the ageing process by maintaining youthful skin appearance. The skin is hydrated with less pigmentation and wrinkles. Passive transfer of antibodies may boost immunity, improves metabolism as well as increases energy and vitality.

For Muslims, even the Mufti office has listed down the research done on placenta extracts. Read here to find out more.

Why Nueliv Sheep Placenta?

Sheep placenta is favored because it is easily harvested. Sheep placenta is extracted after an ewe delivers its young. Therefore, the sheep is not harmed in the process. Freeze dying technology is then used to preserve the active ingredients. Sheep placenta is also acceptable to all religions, particularly the Muslim community who avoid porcine based products.

There is no added hormones in this product-- important to know because hormonal replacement therapy carries risks such as blood clots formation in the legs (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and needs to be prescribed and monitored.

The strength of registered sheep placenta extract products ranges from 150mg-600mg, equivalent to 3000mg-30000mg fresh placenta depending on the extraction ratio 1:20 to 1:50 . Each Nueliv capsule contains 30000mg fresh placenta the highest dose available at no adverse effect.

What are the ingredients in Nueliv Sheep Placenta extract?

Sheep placenta extract 50:1 (equivalent to fresh sheep placenta 30000mg)
Olive oil- contains polyunsaturated fat for healthy heart
Shark liver oil- boosts immunity
Marine collagen- to replenish collagen in skin, nail, hair and bone
Avocado oil- has unsaturated fat, contains vitamin E, helps the body absorb other fat-soluble vitamins
Aloe vera powder 200:1- enhances wound healing
Evening primrose oil (provide 15mg Gamma Linoleic Acid)- helps with premenopausal symptoms

How to consume Nueliv Sheep Placenta extract?

Each gel has an enteric coating using bovine gelatin which withstands damage from stomach acid and only dissolve at small bowel where nutrients absorption is maximised. For best result, consume with empty stomach or 30 mins before meal, 1 capsule daily in the morning.

Avoid consuming diuretic agents (for example alcohol, tea, coffee ) within two hours. Do not mix with detox supplement on the same day as it will also reduce the nutrient absorption in the small intestine.

What certification to look out for?

In Malaysia, health supplements require approval from the Drug Control Authority (DCA) under the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984 to ascertain safety and quality. Check for the registration number on the packaging which start with MAL and ends with an extension alphabet of ‘X’ or ‘N’. Do a product search using this number on the NPCB website.

Nueliv Sheep Placenta extract is manufactured under Alpha Laboratories in New Zealand which specilizes in quality nutritional supplements, abiding to New Zealand Code of Manufacturing Practice License (GMP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points License (HACCP), as well as halal certification.

What does Dr Yingzangel think?

Many drugs and supplements are not tested in those who are expecting, breastfeeding or have chronic organ failures due to ethical concerns. Therefore, I will advise against consumption. 

If any untoward effect happens due to supplementation/medication, please request an urgent medical review. Reporting should be done to the Malaysian Adverse Drug Reactions Advisory Committee to include the label/packaging of the product. In some cases, a sample may be required for detailed chemical analysis.

Nueliv Sheep Placenta Extract

Disclaimer: the opinion given is merely a personal experience and does not constitute formal medical advice. Please seek your medical professional's advice before any complementary therapy. Always ask for certified professionals before proceeding with treatment and stop if discomfort or side effect ensues.

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