Unlike in Asia where you can find bird’s nest at everyone corner, there are only a handful of brick and mortar stores in the US that sell birds nest. You can usually find bird’s nest at Chinese Herbs stores or small retailers in Asian communities in major cities. Once you have figured out the where, the next challenge is how. How to determine whether the nests for sale are genuine from a trusted supplier, whether they are free of chemicals and impurities, etc.
According to scientific reports, edible bird's nest is a rare delicacy with high nutritional value and very good for human health. Bird's nest has many essential micro-nutrients that the human body cannot synthesized. Therefore, in modern life, bird's nest soup has become a kind of food supplement that people prefer and is increasingly widely used. Here are 10 important things you should not ignore when using bird's nest soup:
Made from the saliva of swiftlets, the nests are expensive due to the difficulty in harvesting and the many benefits it brings. A bowl of bird’s nest soup is a prized delicacy. Lots of Asian celebrities consume this daily to look beautiful! Bird’s nest is believed to boost the immune system and raise the libido. Women believe that eating it daily enhances their complexion, making it a perfect gift for mums. Bird’s nest contains high levels of protein, calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. In fact, bird’s nest itself is almost tasteless; it requires additional effort to render it tasty.
Studies from ancient Oriental medicine as well as modern western medicine show that edible bird's nest contain essential nutrients that could potentially benefit the health of the baby and mothers during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The tryptophan, a precursor of serotonin and melatonin, found in bird's nest soup has antidepressant effects and can help reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue in mothers as well as promoting the recovery process after birth. In addition, tryptophan promotes the optimal growth for the child.