The key ingredient in bird's nests is identified as glycoprotein. This protein was only discovered recently and garnered a Nobel Prize in 1994. Glycoprotein consists of a carbohydrate linked to many amino acids (proteins).
Glycoprotein serves many functions in our body; some provide structure (e.g. collagen), while others are involved in immunity. Our body is able to produce glycoprotein, but the ability for our body to produce it regresses over time due to ageing and illness.
Protein & Amino Acids
Protein is the main component in bird's nests. Out of the 20 types of amino acids that our body need, 18 can be found in bird's nests.
All nine essential amino acids, that cannot be naturally produced by our body, are in bird's nests.
For non-essential amino acids, aspartic acid and proline promotes cell regeneration. Cysteine and phenylalanine enhance memory and absorption of vitamin D. Glucosamine helps to restore bone cartilage.
Carbohydrate, which is also a macro-nutrient, is the other major component in bird's nests.
Sialic acid, which is the main carbohydrate, enhances and improves neurological functions.
Bird's nests contain minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iodine and silica.
These minerals are essential to maintain PH balance in our body for cells regeneration and growth. They regulate our blood pressure, clear mucus and phlegm, balance our body’s sugar level, enhance brain function and maintain strong bone density.
In particular, selenium, which is found in bird's nests, has anti-ageing properties.
Effects of Bird's Nests
Consistently taking bird's nests every day has a myriad of health benefits, which leads to better skin and youthfulness.
Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)
Promotes cell growth, and stimulate the production of collagen. Anti-ageing properties to keep our skin firm and youthful looking, our hair and nails healthy.
Helps our body fight against cell disruptive effects that leads to health problems. Protects our skin from reactive molecules of oxygen, preventing skin premature ageing.
Minimises deterioration of bone joints by regenerating our bone cartilage. Increases bone mass and slow skin ageing, particularly helpful for post-menopausal women.