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Health Benefits Of Edible Bird Nest

Updated on July 28, 2015
Swiftlet and their nest...
Swiftlet and their nest...

Edible Bird Nest

Have you ever come across the bird nest before?

Nope, don’t get me wrong, I am not referring to the “home” that built by the birds, but the edible bird nest which traditionally believed to provide various health benefits. It is not only the most expensive animal products consumed by humans but one of the widely used health foods in Chinese communities.

Bird nest could be harvested from caves near the shoreline
Bird nest could be harvested from caves near the shoreline

What Is Edible Bird Nest?

Doesn't it sound unbelievable? Yes, it is indeed, and it is quite amazing actually. But what is the edible bird nest then actually? Well, Care to get a more in-depth knowledge and a better understanding of what the bird nest really is from me?

If so, let’s start now…

Well, I hope you don’t find it disgusting if I am going to tell you that the bird nest is actually comes from the saliva of Swiftlet, which formerly harvested from caves near the shoreline until recent years it can be easily found in the houses and large buildings that the Swiftlets are “farmed”.

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Its Cost Can Burst One's Pocket

The edible bird nests are available in limited parts of the world commonly in the South-East Asian regions such as China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Malaysia.

The Swiftlet is the only kind of bird that capable of producing edible bird nest. However, it is only small portion of the Swiftlet build the edible nest.

Due to the scarcity of the sources and high demand because of the great health benefits, a bowl of bird nest can actually burst one’s pocket. Yes, a bowl of bird nest soup would cost $30 USD to $100 USD in Hong Kong. Isn't it expensive?

However, it definitely worth it.

Nutrition Of The Bird Nest

Well, let’s go in further details of the nutrients that it contains.

- Proteins – bird nest has special protein that contains biological active molecules and can help in the building of cells, its growth and post-sickness recovery and improve the metabolism of fat.

- Water soluble glyco-protein – well, it is a biomolecule composed of a protein and carbohydrate. It is important for immune cell recognition. The glycoprotein promotes cell growth and tissue repair. It is a rejuvenating agent that also contains epidemic growth factor which promotes cell growth and tissue repair.

- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) – a protein that catalyzes the healing process by causing epidermal and epithelial cells to divide and grow.

- Glucosamine - a natural substance needed by our body to protect our joints from degenerating, and believed to be able to prevent the users from suffering from osteoarthritis.

- EPG - stimulates the growth of skin and cell fission, promote regenerative power of body tissues, accelerate body metabolism, promote healing of wounds and also strengthen oxygen affinity in cells and resist ageing. This will then fortify the immunity of the body and increase resistance of the body towards damage caused by X-rays and other radiation.

- Amino acids - Minerals like calcium, sodium and potassium are also found in the bird nest. Minerals are essential for the increase of body resistance against diseases. It also contains antioxidant which basically helps in anti-aging. It retards the process of ageing.

Health Benefits Of Bird Nest

Okay, now what? Benefits that the bird nest offer of course. I bet you are going to surprise how the saliva made bird nest can provide so many health benefits to us amazingly…

Let's see how it helps:-

For women - Frequent consumption results in fairer skin, helps women to stay young and look radiant as it is rich in collagen, protein and vitamins which help rejuvenate the complexion, the skin, maintain youthfulness and prevent wrinkles.

For pregnant women - Consumption of bird nest during pregnancy would result in the birth of a child with fair skin.

It is a perfect tonic for expectant mothers and their soon to be babies. Regular consumption during pregnancy can strengthen the body of the mother and fetus.

It will improve immune functions of the fetus and the mothers will be to recover easily after giving birth. And it increases fat metabolism, detoxify, slimming and reduce stretch marks.

For menopause women – They may be improved by consuming the bird nest.

For men - Improves kidney and strengthens lungs, so not inclined to get weak.

For elderly – Maintain their general health and well-being. It prevents cancer, strengthens the lungs and kidneys, improves spleen, clear phlegm, aids digestion as well as enhances appetite.

For children – It increases the body functions and immunity in infants and youth, including brain growth, intelligence and strengthens heart functions.

Other Health Benefits

So, do you think the above mentioned are the most that the edible bird nest can offer? Nope, there are more to share with you here...

  • For those who have just undergone surgery, it is the most suitable nutritional supplement for them to absorb lots of natural essence.
  • For those who constantly work late.
  • For those who lack of sleep, their skins are sure to lose nutrients. The replenishment of bird nest containing Vitamin C and collagen will help to regain elasticity.
  • Promotes quick recovery from lung infection.
  • Anti-phlegm and anti-coughing.
  • Beneficial for coughs including asthma, persistent cough, blood phlegm and bronchitis.
  • Cooling down body heat especially for those who are easy to suffer fever.
  • Assists in improving the breathing system.
  • Helps release the stress.
  • Enhances the rebirth of cells and tissues.
  • Enhances the body's immune system through promotion of cell division.
  • Strengthens the body's self-regulating actions and resistance to disease.
  • Improves heart functions and reduces blood pressure.
  • Regulates blood supply all around the body.
  • Assists in the prevention of cancer through rich antioxidants.
  • Aides in the regeneration and growth of cells.
  • Increases skin moisture and elasticity.
  • Reduces skin wrinkle and fine blood capillaries.
  • Anti aging and keeps young forever.
  • Reducing fatigue. Helps in the recovery of sickness and fatigue.
  • Improves in conditions such as regular sweating and urinating problems.
  • Improves conditions such as dry throat, sore throat, constipation, nausea in post-radio/therapy patients.
  • Creates antibodies and prevents the damage from bacteria and virus.
  • Regulates the pressure of cell permeability.

Those Who Are Not Advisable To Try

Well, such a long list till here, what do you think about the edible bird nest?

Amazing, isn't it? It sounds that it benefits any and every one regardless their age and gender...However, please take note though that the below mentioned people are not advisable to give it a try...

  • Those who are allergic to protein.
  • The infants below 4 years old.
  • Those who contract influenza.
  • Patients who suffer from other sickness and without medical treatment.

Best Hour To Consume

Well, you can have the bird nest whenever you want but the best hour to consume is 1 – 2 hours before bed at night.

Take note also that it is best consumed at room temperature or chilled on an empty stomach. And it is advised not to eat any “heat” snacks or medication a few hours before and after drinking the bird nest soup.

Rock sugar bird nest
Rock sugar bird nest

The Simplest Yet Purest Way

Share it here with you the simplest yet purest way that I mostly prefer...

Cook time: 2 ½ hours.


  • 2 ounces of Bird’s nest.
  • 6 tablespoons of Crushed rock sugar.
  • 4 cups of Water.

Before everything, soak the bird nest first.

  • Place the bird nest in a bowl of water that has been freshly boiled and cooled down.
  • Make sure the bowl is big enough for the bird nest to expand about 7 times bigger.
  • Soak the bird nest for about 2 to 4 hours.


  1. Place the bird nest that has been soaked in the pot and add 4 cups of water.
  2. Boil and simmer until the bird nests are quite soft.
  3. Add the rock sugar and simmer for another half an hour.
  4. Serve the soup hot.

That's it. Easy huh?

Hope you enjoy this hub of mine. Thanks...

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    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      8 years ago

      lol...thanks unknown spy...glad to have your comment here...have a nice day!

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      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      wow..that's a lot of health benefits but i think im gonna pass on this one :))

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the uplifting and kind comment from you really made my Friday shine...appreciate much for being here with me again, be blessed and take care...

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      I wish there was an amazing button! This is something I never dreamed of and obviously never heard of...however, as I learn every day there are so many things we don't know about throughout the world.

      You've done a great job of explaining what the edible bird nest is, what its value is to human health and how simple it is to prepare. Unfortunately, I don't think I could eat it though.

      Voted this up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      8 years ago

      Oh thank you so much Bill...I am really surprised but touched to have you mentioning me...I am so honored to have your attention...really appreciate much blessed...

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Just dropped by to tell you that I am mentioning you in my Saturday hub; I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you are well.

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      8 years ago

      Yes, it must be very hard on them to be in such dangerous places to harvest the bird nests...thanks for the visiting and comment Agus, be blessed...

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      Injured lamb 

      8 years ago

      You are most welcome picklesandrufus...thanks for your comment and voting, really appreciate blessed and take care...

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      8 years ago from Indonesia

      Very interesting. It's seasonal supply, harvested from dangerous places like you depict in the picture makes edible bird nest very expensive in my country.

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      8 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      I have never heard of bird nest, but really appreciate the educational hub! Vote up!

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Ruby...well, it's quite understandable why most of the people can't accept the bird nest, the saliva of the birds...but because of the great health benefits especially the beauty part, there is still a great demand in the market even though the price is that incredible high...

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for being here again Tom, appreciate your comment and voting...and of course, the support to me all this while...have a great day Tom, cheers!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      HaHa, I'm laughing at Billy's remark..I feel the same, but did find your hub interesting..

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      Thomas Silvia 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      A very interesting hub, and heard of eating some birds nest before but I'll stick to eating real food. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

    • Injured lamb profile imageAUTHOR

      Injured lamb 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for being here again with me Bill, appreciate much for the comment and support...glad to know that you enjoy this, frankly, you did encourage me blessed...

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      Injured lamb 

      8 years ago

      You are most welcome pstraubie48...yup, it's the price that always stop one to give it a try...appreciate much for your reading and comment pstraubie48, have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, I did enjoy the hub, and it was fascinating, but there is no way I'm eating this stuff. :)

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      Patricia Scott 

      8 years ago from North Central Florida

      There have been a few documentaries about these nests. I have never had one. They certainly sound like something we should have as part of a healthy diet. However I think I may have to pass as I think they are a bit out of my price range. You have certainly given us many reasons that we should consider them though, injuredlamb...thank you for sharing this with us. Pinned


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