Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Bird Nest Soup
Bird’s Nest" or better known as "edible Bird’s Nest" in the West, is basically salivary secretion of the male swiftlets. These swiftlets are known as Collocallia Fuciphagus (Collocallia species). The sticky secretion is regurgitated to form the nest. Edible bird’s nest is the nest made purely of swiftlet’s saliva secretion.
This nest is usually found in caves near shoreline cliffs or under eaves of house and is hand- collected. Hairs and filth are then removed from the nest before manufacturing.
Hundreds of years after swiftlet nest had been accepted as a precious food in China, it was further accepted by the Chinese to have medical and health enhancing effects. Descriptions of such effects are found in the works of two famous practitioners of Chinese medicine in the Qing Dynasty. The medical and health-enhancing effects of swiftlet nest have been formally confirmed and accepted by Chinese medical practitioners after centuries of observation and validation. Swiftlet nest has been considered able to slow down the aging process, in other words, a rejuvenating agent. Swiftlet nest also acts as a demulcent to the lungs and has been used in relieving phlegm and coughs.
Based on modern research, the protein contained in swiftlet nest is distinct in that it is a biologically active protein, providing revitalization to the human body. Research reveals that Swiftlet nest contains an epidermal growth factor, and water extraction of Swiftlet nest can directly stimulate cell growth/regeneration and enhance the effectiveness of mitogen (the initiator in cell division). Also, this active protein in the nest makes it a very useful tonic for people with weak digestion systems (e.g. elderly people), and for people that need a very rapid cell regeneration and development (e.g.: pregnant women, growing children). The most recent published research confirms that the high content of water-soluble glyco-protein in swiftlet nest promotes cell division within the immune system.
Bird’s nest contains very high water-soluble glyco-protein, the benefits of Bird’s Nest have been asserted by Chinese medicine practitioners to include:
1. “Epidermal growth factor” (EGF) - responsible for skin and tissue repair
2. Enhancing body’s immune system through promotion of cell division caused by
the water-soluble glyco-protein
3. Healing illnesses connected to rthe espiratory system such as chronic cough,
asthma or throat infection.
4. Preventing cancer and aiding in the treatment of cancer patients
5. Improving heart functions and to reducing blood pressure
6. Aiding in the regeneration and growth of cells
7. Reducing fatigue
8. Strengthening body’s self-regulating actions and resistance to disease
9. Improving skin complexion
10.Regulating internal fluid supply
Pregnant woman who consume bird's nest during pregnancy will help improve their health and benefit the foetus. It also help in post natal recovery better.Woman who consume bird's nest regularly will result in younger, fairer skin that look radiant.
Children who consume bird's nest regularly will enhances their immune system, building up their resistance against flu and common cold.
Elderly who consume bird's nest will help to clears phlegm, strengthen lungs and kidneys, improves spleen as well as enhancing one appetite.
Men who consume bird's nest will improves kidney and strenghten lungs.