Bird's nest soup is a delicacy in Chinese cuisine. A few species of
swift, the cave swifts, are renowned for building the saliva nests used
to produce the unique texture of this soup.
The edible bird's nests are among the most expensive animal products
consumed by humans. The nests have been used in Chinese cooking for over
400 years, most often as bird's nest soup.
The most heavily harvested
nests are from the Edible-nest Swiftlet or White-nest Swiftlet (Aerodramus
fuciphagus) and the Black-nest Swiftlet (Aerodramus maximus). The white
nests and the "red blood" nests are supposedly rich in nutrients which
are traditionally believed to provide health benefits, such as aiding
digestion, raising libido, improving the voice, alleviating asthma,
improving focus, and an overall benefit to the immune system. The white
nests are commonly treated with a red pigment, but methods have been
developed to determine an adulterated nest.
The nests are built during the breeding season by the male swiftlet over
a period of 35 days. They take the shape of a shallow cup stuck to the
cave wall. The nests are composed of interwoven strands of salivary
laminae cement. Both nests have high levels of calcium, iron, potassium,
Medicinal Benefits and
Usage of Bird's Nest
Bird's Nest from a Clinical Experimental Point of View
The cell division enzymeand hormone of bird's nest can promote
reproduction and rebirth of human cells. The Glycoprotein content
directly stimulates cell growth in human’s immune system. As a result,
body metabolism is enhanced and functional effects are greatly improved.
Effective results of bird's nest are observed when they are consumed by
children, elders, feedle and sick people.
Bird's Nest from Traditional and Modern Chinese Medication's Point of
Bird's Nest is used as restorative and remedial food since the Ching
dynasty. Previous clinical researches have concluded that bird's nest
has a sweet and calm character. Bird's nest contributed medical benefits
to lung, stomach and kidney neural system. Several ancient medicine
books all recorded plenty of detail of bird's nest remedial benefits.
Bird's Nest from a Nutrition Point of View
The main nutrition contents of bird's nest are carbohydrate (30%) and
protein (5%) although its protein content can be compare to that of milk
or eggs. Bird’s nest also contains plenty of calcium and phosphorus, as
well as some iron and iodine. There are still some other untraced
compositions that may have medical benefits. Protein contained in bird's
nest have some bioactive elements which might have nourishing and
replenishing effects on humans body.
The experts found that bird's nest has three main functions:
1.Enhances the rebirth of cells and tissues.
2.Improves the immune system functions of our body
3.Improves the body's tolerance toward the damage done by X-rays or
other radioactive reagents.
Bird's nest is an excellent
restorative food with a sweet and calm character; it is good for any age
Ladies: Frequent consumption result in fairer skin, helps to stay young
and look radiant.
Pregnant Women: Consumption during pregnancy will improve immune
functions of the fetus and the mothers will be able to recover easily
after giving birth.
Elders: Clears phlegm, strengthen lungs and kidneys, improves spleen as
well as enhances appetite.
Children: Enhances immune ability, not inclined to get colds or flu
Men: Improves kidney and strengthens lungs, so not inclined to get weak.