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Placenta Pills: Jennifer Aniston's Beauty Secret?

09/24/2013 10:39 EDT
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Actress Jennifer Aniston attends the premiere for "Life of Crime" on day 10 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Jennifer Aniston's radiant appearance is reportedly down to placenta products.

The 44-year-old actress sparked pregnancy rumours last week, turning heads with her stunning red carpet appearance. Aniston showed off enviably dewy skin and glossy hair, which is now said to be thanks to placenta-rich produce in the form of chips — made from potatoes and dried flakes of placenta - tablets, drinks and smoothies.

"Jennifer's dermatologist told her that a lot of his clients were taking placenta pills because it's the 'tissue of youth'. She gave it a go and found that her skin was more radiant, she had more energy and felt happier," a source told British magazine Grazia.

Some women, including "Mad Men" actress January Jones, eat their placenta after giving birth because of the health benefits. The organ connects a fetus to the mother's uterine wall and passes on nutrients via the blood supply.

Los Angeles dermatologist Annie Chiu has shared the health-boosting properties of placenta.

"Placenta is a super-potent ingredient and has a lot of growth factors and proteins that boost collagen production," she explained. "I carry out facials using sheep placenta, because their DNA has been found to have the closest structure to that of a human. There has been a huge boom in Hollywood since celebrities started using it and people saw the incredible effects. You need to use it every day for two months to see results."

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