Bird’s Nest Soup Health Benefits: Fact Or Myth?
July 19, 2007
Birds nest soup pictureMy aunt would often spent thousands of dollars buying the best grade of bird’s nest soup for my uncle when he was alive. She felt that the bird’s nest soup would help soothe his lungs and respiratory system, damaged through the years of smoking. Not any grade will do. It has to be the best grade and purchased through a reputable and trustworthy dealer.
I only had the fortune of slurping bird’s nest soup on occassions. My family were too poor to afford to buy bird’s nest when I was young. Besides, I was told that if we cannot afford to consume the finest grade, then there is no point in even taking the cheaper ones as they would have little medicinal value.
Still, I really wonder if bird’s nest soup can actually have healing properties. Is it fact or myth?
Traditionally, bird’s nest soup is a delicacy in Chinese cuisine. This soup has been consumed in China for over 400 years and such edible bird’s nests are among the most expensive animal products consumed by humans. The nests are made by a few species of swift, namely cave swifts, with its unique chemical texture. The soup is now very popular throughout Asia, perhaps because it has the reputation of being an aphrodisiac.
After some research, it appears that it is not a myth. According to a recent medical research reported by Hong Kong Chinese University, the cell division enzyme and hormone of bird’s nest can promote reproduction and rebirth of human cells. It also helps promote one’s immune system and enhances body metabolism. Many have reported favorable results with cases in the sick, elderly and weak children.
However, it pays to be careful if you decide that you would like to have bird’s nest soup. Many restaurants and shops sell soup with noodles shaped to resemble a bird’s nest but may just pass it off as the best grade bird’s nest soup. There is no way that you can verify that you have gotten what you are paying for right then, not unless you claim to be like my aunt, who can sniff out the unauthentic ones after spending thousands of dollars. Even then, I really wonder if she has got such a good nose.
source taken from: http://www.natural-remedy-secrets.com