Exactly one year ago, our Cellulite Book-of-the-Month was The Cellulite Cure by Dr. Lionel Bissoon. Dr. Bissoon is widely credited for bringing mesotherapy to the United States from Europe, where it has been used as an anti cellulite treatment since the mid-1950’s.
Mesotherapy employs multiple injections of pharmaceuticals, homeopathic medications, plant extracts, vitamins, and other ingredients directly into the subcutaneous fat to dissolve cellulite.
Reading over our research from last April’s Cellulite BOTM, I noticed some startling evidence for our case.
One of the primary ingredients used in mesotherapy treatments is hyaluronidase, an enzyme known to break up glucosaminoglycans trapped in cellulite-laden fat cells (see, Proteoglycans in So-Called Cellulite). Haluronidase is a family of enzymes that dissolves hyaluronic acid, an element that can retain a thousand times its weight in water. Hyaluronic acid is a natural moisturizing agent found in the eyes, joints, and skin.
Since my overarching philosophy on supplements is that food sources are always more effective, I was naturally curious as to what traditional foods contain this potent anti cellulite ingredient. After some online investigative work, I found that concentrations of hyaluronidase are found in snake venom, insects and bacteria, and certain “mammalian tissues.”
This last possibility caught my attention. I ran into this particular “mammalian tissue” on my travels in Africa, but never here in the U.S. I told myself that if I ever did, I would not pass it up.
Then, about a month ago while vacationing in Florida, I noticed a curious type of beef soup on the menu at my favorite sushi restaurant. The description read:
Rice noodles top with tender slices of beef, beef balls, beef tripes, beef tendon, beef flank, onion, and scallion in special recipe beef broth. Served with fresh bean sprout, basil, hoisin sauce, and red chili sauce. Soup lovers must try !!!
The name of the dish was “The Traditional Vietnamese Beef Soup,” also known as pho. I asked the chef just to verify; the menu description was not referring to normal “meat” balls. Yes, the soup included beef testicles, one of the most concentrated sources of hyaluronidase.
Not only does pho contain slow-simmered bone broth (the star ingredient in my “beef stock theory” of cellulite), but it also contains beef tendon (pure connective tissue) and beef testicles (hyaluronidase). Could it be more specific to targeting the blight?!
I’ll provide more info about beef testicles in an upcoming post. It makes sense why the people I visited in Africa consider them to be a delicacy. Have you ever tried beef testicles? Would you??
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