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Pigs Feet Maybe The New Superfood

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Pigs Feet Maybe The New Superfood

Himi Okajima, owner of New Japanese Restaurant “Hakata Tonton” where 90 percent of the food contains pig’s feet, claims that trotter is rich in anti-aging collagen.

A new Japanese restaurant that recently opened in New York is causing a stir with their very original menu. At Hakata Tonton 33 out of the 39 dishes contain pigs feet.

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Owner Himi Okajima, claims this is no gimmick and explains how pigs trotters are rich in collagen, a protein (often found in beauty products) that is responsible for skin and muscle tone. “Collagen helps your body retain moisture,” says Okajima, who has introduced a chain of restaurants specializing in collagen cuisine in Japan. “Your hair and skin will look better, but it’s not just for looking beautiful now. If you begin eating collagen in your thirties, you will look younger in your forties.”

Despite Okajimas claims, not all specialists agree. Lisa Miles of the British Nutrition Foundation said, “It’s news to me – I’ve certainly never heard of eating collagen”. However, Okajima believes he is on to something.

Nutritional therapist Ian Marber is also skeptical but doesn’t disagree.

“You can’t turn the clock back but you can slow things down. Every cell replicates from RNA and DNA. In order to keep the DNA in good condition, you want to protect cells from harmful free radicals. And for this you need to eat fruit and vegetables, which contain vital anti-oxidants like vitamins A, C, E and zinc & etc “

It doesn’t have to be expensive, not like so-called ‘superfoods’ which have a greater concentration of anti-oxidants. Two apples a day for example will give you plenty of vitamins and fiber – you just need to ensure a varied diet as we are omnivorous.

“Have you ever noticed how women age more rapidly than men?…”

According to Okajima, it is because women do not eat enough protein. To him the days you don’t eat protein are the days you age, because the body is unable to store protein that is necessary for cellular production and functions.

At each meal you should be able to hold up three fingers and say I’ve got a good source of protein (lean fish or poultry, nuts, seeds or tofu); an essential fatty acid (Omega 3 or 6, so that’s cold-water oily fish, flax-seeds, linseeds) and a low glycaemic carbohydrate (fruit, vegetables, and whole-grains like quinoa, buckwheat and oatmeal)’. If you can say that, you’re on the right road toward Okajima diet.

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When you eat high glycaemic carbohydrates like bread, cakes and pasta, they turn into sugar in the blood so fast that the pancreas can’t respond with enough insulin and the blood becomes saturated with sugar. The sugar needs to go somewhere so it attaches itself to the cell membranes.

When it does this to collagen molecules in the skin, it causes the collagen to become stiff and immobile and that’s the birth of the wrinkle. The bad news is that it doesn’t end there – the sugar then pumps out free radicals, causing a double whammy of damage.

The good news is you can prevent it – either by cutting out sugar or by taking a supplement of alpha lipoic acid, which is 400 times stronger than vitamin C and E combined.

Foods That Keep You Looking Young

Spinach contains the pigment lutein which present in the retina, this helps maintain the health of the eye.

Tomatoes contain an anti-oxidant called lycopene, this helps protect the skin from UV damage from the sun.

Purple or Red Berries – Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are full of anthocyanins which can help protect against diabetes, heart disease and cancer. They also help maintain strong arteries.

Oily fish such as fresh water salmon, herring, mackerel and sardines as well as flax seeds and linseeds, are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. These help delay the ageing process of the skin.

Water aids digestion and elimination (drinking too little can harm the complexion).

Foods That Can Age You

Carbonated drinks, tea, coffee, sugar, red meat and alcohol push the body’s balance towards the acidic. Alkaline minerals (such as calcium) are then to be removed from bone restoring the balance but weakening the bones.

Nightshade vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, chillies, aubergine and peppers – while often healthy in other respects, contain a chemical that studies suggest can activate pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Avoiding these foods may help reduce it.

Refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white rice, sugary cereals, pasta and noodles, contribute to the development of type II diabetes. This accelerates the aging process and, if not controlled, can lead to a wide range of other health problems.

Whether or not eating pig’s feet will make you look younger is still debatable, however eating the right foods can certainly be a cheap solution to an over all younger looking appearance.

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