I think I understand some things now. I have no anecdotal evidence, but this is a theory so follow me on this. For those of you who have been following alternativista's ZAG enzyme/lectin thread, my recent thread, or any of the lectin theory going about this will make the most sense.
So we all know lectins in foods bind to various things in our bodys and cause a reaction and/or damage. Wheat lectins damage the intestines, etc. etc. I'm not going to name them. We also know that what they bind to are specific sugars, N-acetyl glucosamine for example. We also know certain lectins bind to joints and cause arthritis pain in some people, and thus going on a low-lectin diet clears the pain (mostly by giving up gluten). Now we also know that N-acetyl glucosamine, as per recent research in the aforementioned threads, is present in bovine cartilage and shark cartilage. I also understood before this it was present in bone somewhere, wasn't sure where. Finally we also know that glucosamine supplements help people with joint pain.
So we conclude easily that we're inhibiting the lectin with NAG. What does this have to do with collagen? Well I was looking up connective tissue on wikipedia, as I read somewhere NAG is abundant in it, and found this:
And it hit me. As soon as I saw collagen I immediately thought cottage cheese butt, and was like "Ohhh."
I believe nobody should ignore this theory anymore, it's proof enough. Need more proof? Take a look at the autoimmune disease rates between women and men. Women are substantially higher (75% of them women). Now take a look who has the most cellulite between men and women. It's women. Lectins have been implicated in autoimmune disease. I wonder what makes women more sensitive though.
Although, men and women seem to be 50/50 in the case of acne, but what about later in life? Is it more women? I know rosacea affects more women than men. It also affects Celtic people more, and I read somewhere 1 in 33 Northern Europeans have gluten intolerance.
Anyways, I thought it was interesting. Cellulite can be a cue for overall health, or health later in life. I don't have cellulite myself, so could any of the members here test this theory out? All you need to do is boil pig's feet or a whole chicken and eat it. Maybe give up the N-acetylglucosamine galactosamine binding lectins.
However, we really need to find ways to reduce or inhibit lectins efficiently. It's imperative for good health and good skin. I wonder if it could help heal scars...
P.S. - I have personally found that whole chicken (skin included), but not lean, makes me feel better. I don't eat it however, since it's time consuming and red meat has more nutrients. However, I am going to buy some pigs feet and boil it, see if it helps my acne. Perhaps use the broth in bread or tortillas...
P.P.S. - Shark cartilage has been thought to cure cancer. Wonder why? They contain two sugars that bind many lectins in grains, N-acetylglucosamine and N-acetylgalactosamine. Two studies found no significance in taking the supplements, but that's probably because they're using pills. I bet you have to boil it to be effective.
Edited by nowash, 07 February 2010 - 06:48 PM.