An influencer has stunned her fans after filming herself eating her own placenta on Instagram.
Actress and model Caila Carim, from the Brazilian city of Manaus, filmed herself drinking an acai berry shake with her placenta mixed in on April 16.
In the clip shared to her 232,000 followers, she takes a gulp of the shake before saying it tastes just like “acai”, before asking her friend if she fancied a try.
Another video shared by her friend showed the preparation of the drink.
The placenta appears to be frozen in a plastic bowl as a woman claims: “They say placenta is good for you.
“It rejuvenates you. It makes you more beautiful and younger.”
Since the videos have gone viral, many of her fans have slammed her actions.
“Why the need to post?” one asked. “Nobody wants to know if you drink placenta tea.”
Caila gave birth on April 14 and documented the experience to her followers.
She responded to the backlash to eating her placenta on Twitter, saying: “People calling me sick because I took a sip of my placenta. Sick are those who are disgusted by that.”
Eating a placenta – known as placentophagy – has been a growing trend in the US in recent years.
The likes of Kim Kardashian have touted its benefits, which supposedly include boosting energy, encouraging breast milk production and even preventing postpartum depression.
While research into the practice is limited, most medical professionals say there is no scientific evidence that it provides any benefits.
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One way to eat placentas is by grounding them into capsules. The process, known as encapsulation, sees the organ dehydrated and ground and can make around 200 pills.
This site recently revealed how reality star Charlotte Dawson planned to eat her own placenta and get it made into tablets after giving birth to her first child.
Charlotte said: "I've got a freezer bag for freezing my placenta ready.
"I'm getting it made into pills and tablets."
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