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Swallow’s nest has long been processed into exotic foods with fantastic selling prices. But behind the exorbitant price, the swallow nest is also hunted because it is believed to have a variety of benefits for the body. What are the benefits of swallow’s nests for health?

What are swallow’s nests made of?

As the name implies, swiftlet nests are produced by swifties that live in many of Southeast Asia.

The swallow makes a nest from its saliva which will gradually harden by itself. These birds usually live in caves, so the saliva also serves to glue the nest to the ceiling or top wall of the cave so it does not easily fall.

Interestingly, swallow saliva is not just an ordinary saliva. Swallow’s saliva is made of protein, which is also high in calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. That is why many people assume that swallow’s nests have many health benefits.

What are the benefits of swallow’s nests for health?

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Nests produced by swallows are popular for processing as soups. Even so, many also reap the benefits by processing the nest into dessert. Often also used as the basis for making cosmetics.

Traditional Chinese medicine believes that eating swallow’s nests can counteract aging, fight cancer, stimulate cell growth and healthy tissue, and increase concentration.

But besides, there are still many other potential benefits of swallow’s nests that are a pity to miss. For example:

1. Rich in essential amino acids
Saliva for making nests is made of special proteins containing various amino acids, such as:

Aspartic acid and proline which are useful for cell regeneration.
Cysteine ​​and phenylalanine, to improve working memory, working of nerve impulses, and the absorption of vitamin D from sunlight.
Tyrosine, to speed recovery after illness.
Glucosamine, to help the process of cartilage recovery.
Some of them are amino acids that cannot be produced by the body and must be obtained from food. That’s why swallow’s nests are the right choice to meet your amino acid needs.

Swallow nests also contain more soluble glycoproteins and contain antioxidants that are higher than the content in chicken and fish soup.

2. A good source of minerals
Swallow’s nests are also enriched by various minerals needed to maintain a healthy body. Among manganese, copper, zinc, and calcium.

Manganese minerals must help bone growth, wound healing, as well as launching the metabolic processes of carbohydrates, cholesterol, and amino acids in the body. Manganese also functions to activate and ensure that enzymes work properly in your body.

While copper plays a role in maintaining heart health by lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Copper also optimizes immune function and increases collagen production in the body.

For the body, adequate calcium intake plays a role in maintaining healthy bones and joints and regulates the process of blood clotting. Not to forget there are chromium minerals that play a role in helping the absorption of nutrients in the intestine.

3. Prevent insulin resistance
A study found that regular consumption of swallow nest can prevent insulin resistance in people who are accustomed to eating fatty foods. Insulin resistance is one of the biggest risk factors for diabetes.

The nutritional content in the swallow’s nest can help prevent the brain from releasing signals that increase insulin production in response to excessive fat intake. Swallow nests also have the potential to maintain the body’s metabolic work to break down fat more effectively.

Although this research has only been tested on lab animals, it does not rule out the possibility of having similar results when consumed by humans.

4. High in antioxidants
A study published in the journal Letters in Health and Biological Sciences reported that swallow nests, including foods high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are active compounds that are useful to fight the effects of free radicals, the cause of various chronic diseases.

5. Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease
Another benefit of swallow’s nests is the reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Research published in the journal Drug Design, Development and Therapy in 2015 reported swallow nests has the potential to reduce the risk of blood coagulation (hypercoagulation) due to high cholesterol. The problem of blood clots is one of the most common causes of cardiovascular disease.

The study also showed that swallow’s nest affected similarly to simvastatin (a cholesterol-lowering drug). However, swallow nests do not show a tendency to worsen metabolic work.


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