Howdy all, young adult male here looking to reverse the most harmful effects of circumcision through "foreskin restoration". Basically, the foreskin is composed of an inner layer of highly sensitive skin (similar to that which makes up eyelids) and an outer layer of better suited to abrasion - compare to the back of your hand and the inside thereof. In circumcision, the foreskin is pulled away from the glans with tension corresponding to the tightness of circumcision the doctor desires (nota bene: in infants, the foreskin is tightly bound to the glans by mucosa, for which cause merely separating the two is as painful as removing someone's fingernail from the quick) and then cut off at around the level of the glans. Thus, some inner skin (usually notably lighter in color) remains above the scar, below the glans; and shaft skin is to be found below the scar.
Now, if one subjects any skin to tension of the right magnitude and duration (note that it's best to also allow for plenty of rest), not only will the skin cells themselves stretch, but they will be stimulated to divide and occasion actual skin/nerve/etc. growth. Consequently, foreskin restoration protocols (of which there are many) call for the prepuce remnant to be stretched at around the scar line, thereby restoring 1) protection to the glans (which should be covered with a layer of mucosa similar to that found in the inside of one's cheek), 2) friction reduction during intercourse (wherein it acts as a ball bearing. Note that many women complain of rough and unpleasing intercourse in America...), 3) some additional nerve sensation (although, given that the tip of the prepuce contains unique structures like Meissner's corpuscules, this probably cannot compare to that which uncut men enjoy).
It seems obvious (unless I'm quite confused about its function) that consuming plenty of collagen from bone broth or connective tissue would be beneficial for skin growth; are there any other supplements that come to mind? Eating a good, clean Paleo diet is no doubt also advisable.
Also, I'm not entirely certain of the biological processes whereby nerves are regenerated, but I stumbled across chatter on a Paleo blog (Dave Asprey's bulletproofexec.com) that acetlyl l-carnitine has been used to facilitate nerve regeneration. Would this supplement make for greater sensitivity (i.e. increased innervation) in the new tissue?
Thanks all. -RL
PS: A charity called "foregen" (foregen.org) is endeavoring to fund research to regenerate foreskins using stem cells. It sounds feasible to me inasmuch as entire penises have been regenerated, but the medical establishment isn't keen on this project, and who knows if it will get anywhere?
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on August 27, 2012
at 03:13 AM
So I'm going to keep my lulz in the comments and give you the best, real answer I can come up with.
Gelatin can be used to make your own fruit-juice Jell-o or added to bone broth, yeah. But I think pretty much anything ladies use to try and boost collagen to reduce wrinkles, or to enhance nail and hair growth, would be good for your purposes. Soy is often touted, but for obvious Paleo reasons we're just going to leave that one aside. Some of these may just be old wives' tales, but I don't think they could hurt either and perhaps would at least give you a direction in which to launch some Google-fu. :) I tried a few quick searches but mostly came up with Livestrong stuff, so meh.
Red vegetables/fruits, like tomatoes and beets, are high in lycopene, which I am told helps, and dark green leafy veggies and herbs, like kale, spinach, and parsley, for the lutein.
Garlic, for the sulfur content. I have heard sulfur is needed to produce collagen.
High omega 3 foods like sardines, mackerel, anchovies. Haven't heard about why.
Avocados. Don't know why on that one, either.
And there is this, which talks about vitamin C in collagen production. http://www.ancestralizeme.com/2012/04/22/the-role-of-nutrition-in-collagen-production/
on August 27, 2012
at 07:48 AM
Good for you, RL!
For those who want to know more about the topic, norm.org is a great resource.
Zinc, C, A & K are all essential for skin health. Zinc Picolinate for best absorption, but make sure not to mess up your copper balance by taking too much. 30-50 mg/day should be fine.
You can also use gelatin powder (either made into homemade "jello" or added to dishes) to aid collagen production. Great Lakes gelatin is available cheaply on Amazon.