Is Bird's Nest Soup Good For You?

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.
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Chaeles Bagli said...

my relatives on my mom's side of the family tried to make me eat it. i think i had the same problem at the time i heard it was bird spit. but for the sake of health, I am now taking it regularly.

btw, i don't buy the super-expensive kind like old people do. the ready-to-drink kind at the stores are pretty affordable. (e.g.

Chaeles Bagli said...

mann i love bird's nest soup too even IF its made from spit!!! <333

i eat it like once every monthish and used to bought from website sometimes, my mom went back to hong kong and bought a full suitcase of it cause its cheaper there XD

Silverglobe said...

Hi, bird nest is indeed well known for its health benefits throughout generations. I am based in a Sarawak, the leading producer of bird nest in Malaysia. I sell pure Sarawak cave bird nest online. Do check out my website at for reviews and more info. Thanks.


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