Sunday, November 18, 2007

Recent scientific research on Bird's nest found it contained rich amino acids and rich in antioxidant. The two essential elements which help to generate new cell and counter free radicals in our body.


Bird's nest is rich in antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. Health problems such as heart diseases, macular degeneration, diabetes, cancer etc are all contributed by oxidative damage. Antioxidants may also immune defense and therefore lower the risk of cancer and infection.

Amino Acids

Bird's nest contain amino acids like Leucine, Lysine, glycine,glutamine,tyrosine,arginine, cystein,histidine, tryptophan etc. Amino acids best be described as the construction blocks from which protein is made.

In general, edible bird's nest cna be divided into cave nests and house nests. Cave nests are mainly harvested from natural caves. Since cave nests are 'made' by free,naturally-living swiflets, some consider them to be more valuable than house nests. Hence, they fetch a higher price. However, hte truth is cave nests generally contain more foreign materials and feathers than house nests. Besides,cavenests are exposed to the risk of heavy metal contamination from the environment.

House nests are made by swiflets (Collocalia, sp.) in the attice of countryside houses. Now ,human has acquired the knowledge of cultivating the swiflets in control buildings. Generally, the texture of house nests are smoother compared to those of cave nests,with less feathers and other contaminants.

Bird's nest is an expensive and nutritive product. Thus it is important to distinguish the genuine bird's nest. In the market, there are many producers who would increase the weight of bird's nest by adding additives like white fungus,jelly and skin.

Appearance:- Good and genuine nests consist of two main types of filaments. The outer layer that has longer and bigger filaments whereas the inner part has finer, shorter filaments.

Cooking:- When double boiled for an hour the bird's nest inner filaments become water soluble. The outer filaments contain mainly minerals, it is less soluble but gives bird's nest its signature fibrous taste and appearance.

Odour:- During double boiling a fine scent of near albumin odour will occur.

Bird's nests contain gycoprotein. This special glycoprotein has mitogenic effect properties named as Epidermal Growth Factor(EGF) which can stimulate cell growth. The tonic powers of bird's nests are believed to improve skin complexion and slow down the aging.

In traditional Chinese medicine, bird's nest is believed to offer good effect for treating tuberculosis,dry coughs, asthma,and general weakness due to bronchial ailments. It is also traditionally used to nourish the kidney, lung, heart and stomach. Consumption of bird's nest is also recommended to complement other treatments to combat degenerative diseases such as cancer and also for convalescence or to recover health after illness or surgery.

I am Dr Tan Boon Siong, graduated from University of St. Clements. My dissertation is "The critical review and analysis of organization behaviour in Malaysia. I am running a few bird's farms, which can produce 10 kgs of bird's nest per month. We are cooperating with local university to under study and analysis of bird's nest. We provide guaranteed product.

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