Submitted by Adriana Rae on March 3, 2008 - 05:01.
Pig's feet are being touted as the hot new thing to eat if you want to keep your skin looking young. There's a very marketing savvy restaurant owner in Manhattan who has opened a restaurant serving mostly pig's feet. He's gotten a great deal of publicity that this is the natural way to keep your skin looking radiant and young. See today's article at the Telegraph - Pig's Feet: The New SuperFood?
But it's a far stretch to say that eating pig collagen will convert to collagen in your body. (If anyone has any scientific proof this, please send it in!)
There are foods you can eat that will help promote collagen production. These are foods high in lysine and proline and include lean meats (and maybe pig's feet?), egg whites, wheat germ, fish, legumes and peanuts.
Vitamin C is essential to help lysine and proline convert to collagen. And garlic has been shown to be an outstanding food to help support damaged collagen fibers. Green tea has also been shown to help prevent the breakdown of collagen. And the phytonutrients found in all red and blue berries 'help the collagen fibers link together in a way that strengthens the connective tissue matrix.'
See a great summary of foods that promote collagen production here.
See more about foods that fight wrinkles here.
The pig's foot dish photo above is by berzowska.