In some Asian countries, the swallow’s nest is considered as one of the prestigious foods. The benefits of swallow’s nests are believed by the public as nutritious food as well as alternative medicine. This food comes from salivary gland secretions (saliva) of certain swallow species.
Food sources that are often used as soup is dominated by protein content up to around 60 percent. The rest is carbohydrates and fat. In addition, swallow’s nest also contains amino acids, calcium, sodium, and potassium. The nutritional content in it varies, depending on the type and place of breeding.
Apart from being a food, swallow’s nests are also believed to have various health benefits. Some of the benefits of the swallow’s nest have been supported by research conducted by scientists.
In a study, it was found that swallow’s nest is a food that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The study was conducted on mice that ate high-fat foods. The mice were examined for three months to see how the effects of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects of swallow’s nests.
The results showed that the benefits of swallow’s nests can prevent obesity associated with inflammation and oxidative stress in mice. This opens up opportunities to make swallow’s nests as a supplement to prevent obesity in humans. Of course, these findings still require further testing to ascertain their effect on humans.
Other studies that also use mice as experimental material, show the positive effects of swallow’s nests. This study highlights the use of swallow’s nests to reduce the risk of insulin disorders, such as diabetes.
From the results of these studies obtained data that the benefits of swallow’s nests can improve insulin levels in experimental animals given a diet high in fat and sugar. This effect is predicted to prevent insulin resistance.
However, research in humans to ascertain the benefits of a bird’s nest against diabetes is still not done, and this fact still requires further proof.
A study found the potential benefits of swallow’s nests to treat osteoarthritis. This is based on the presence of certain components in swallow’s nests that are suspected to reduce the severity of osteoarthritis and help stimulate cartilage growth. This research is only in the research stage in the laboratory.
Besides being believed to be able to help overcome the three diseases mentioned above, another benefit of swallow’s nests is to increase endurance. Even a laboratory study concluded that swallow’s nests can be used as a therapy to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, although clinical research to prove this does not yet exist.
Benefits of swallow’s nests are good for health, but be careful in consuming swallow’s nests, especially for children. This is because the swallow’s nest contains proteins with properties that mimic allergic proteins in eggs.
In addition, the benefits of bird nests as an alternative medicine so far have not been supported by accurate scientific evidence. Therefore, you should consult a doctor before consuming swallow’s nest as a supplement to treat a disease.