Bird’s Nest FAQ (Frequently Asked Question)
What does bird’s nest compose of?
Bird’s nest comprises more than 60% protein, 30% carbohydrate and less than 1.5% fat. The active ingredient in bird’s nest is epidermal growth factor, which promotes cell repairs and stimulates immune system. There is very little difference in composition between the white and “blood” nests apart from the higher iron content in “blood” nest and higher calcium content in white nests.
How much bird’s nest do we need to consume everyday for best efficiency?
Scientifically, proteins which make up 60-70% of bird’s nest are eliminated within hours by enzymes in the body. Furthermore, not all this proteins can be absorbed by the body. This means small and frequent dose of bird’s nest is much more effective, since excess bird’s nest generally gets eliminated and removed from the body. Continuous dose is desirable to give you the sustained effect. We recommend 2 g of dried bird’s nest (60-80 ml of bird’s nest soup) a day. A small amount of bird’s nest goes a long way towards preserving your health and beauty.
What are the benefits of taking bird’s nest regularly?
Firstly with the obvious reasons, the high content of epidermal growth factor and proteins promotes healthy skin complexion. Secondly, bird’s nest enhances your immune system thus making you less susceptible to common flu. Thirdly, bird’s nest is exceptionally beneficial for pregnant women as it promotes cells repair and growth in both mothers and baby.
How do you store uncooked bird’s nest?
You need to ensure that the bird’s nest is dry. When you detect some moisture in your bird’s nest, you can dry it in front of a fan in an air conditioned room for a couple of hours. DON’T dry the nests under direct sun as it might damage the protein. Dried bird’s nest can be kept for 6 months to 1 year, preferably in an air tight container in a cool and dry room or in the refrigerator. So, it is very easy to keep the bird’s nest and you can get your bulk purchase now to enjoy our cheaper bulk price!
When is the best time to consume bird’s nest?
Best time to take bird’s nest is when your stomach is empty to maximise the absorbance of nutrients. This is to maximise the amount of nutrients absorbed by your body. You can either take it first thing in the morning or before bed as long as there is at least 3 hours difference after you have dinner to ensure you have empty stomach when you take the nest.
Why do bird’s nests come in different colors?
When bird’s nest is first formed by the swiftlets, they are white in colour; thus it is fair to say that white bird’s nest (Bai Yan) is the purest form of bird’s nest. As the bird’s nest spend more time in the house, natural fermentation of the nest gradually takes place and the nest absorbs minerals such as iron from the walls and water, slowly changing its color from white to yellow (Jin Si Yan) and then orange and finally red (Blood nest). Thus it is a common misconception that blood nest is formed when the swiftlet vomits blood. Another misconception is that the swiftlet’s different diets give rise to different colour of nests.
How to get better value bird’s nest for your money?
Make sure that you are paying for as little moisture as possible, since bird’s nest typically sells by the weight. Hold the bird’s nest using your thumb and middle finger and give it a gentle squeeze. There should not be much movement in the nest, otherwise it is likely that there is still excess moisture (>5%) in it. Excessive moisture in the nest also encourages the growth of fungus or mould.