EBN is the nest of the swift that is made from swiftlets saliva, where the process of harvesting takes time, laborious to prepare and they are sourced and extracted from the most natural methods, thus, making it expensive for many to enjoy. The therapeutic effects of EBN, including replenishing deficiency and expelling phlegm, were recorded in Chinese ancient literature first published in 1695. Traditional Chinese Practitioners advocate EBN in many medical reasons, among them for treating illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis, while it is also known to rejuvenate the skin for anti-aging purposes.

Hormone-like substances such as mitogen and avian epithelial growth is found in EBN. These substances stimulate cell division and reputed rejuvenating properties. For these therapeutic and beauty-rejuvenating applications, the EBN is much in demand. Scientific research has found that the edible bird nest contains protein, carbohydrate, elements of calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, potassium, iodine and 18 types of amino acids that have healing effects, as well as promote growth and development of body.

Traditionally, the Chinese believed that EBN can increase the body’s resistance against many diseases. They used edible bird nest as a delicacy, and it is also an important ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to improve health, increase cell growth and skin tissue regeneration, reducing asthma, strengthen the immune system and also gives benefits to cancer patients. Through some research done, EBN were found to be stimulating mitosis and growth hormone. It was reported that EBN can prevent influenza virus in humans. In spites of all benefits reported, there is still little research on anti-hypertensive activity of EBN where hypertension is a global health problem and continues to rise at an alarming trend. Antioxidants plays an important role in neutralization of harmful peroxides

Edible bird nest (EBN) is a gelatinous soup dish, popular among the Chinese community. The glycoproteins, a major component of EBN has unique properties related to claims of health, vigour, beauty and cure for all illnesses. There are more than 24 species of insectivorous, eco locating swiftlets distributed around the world, but only a few produce nests that are deemed ‘edible’. The majority of EBN traded worldwide come from two heavily exploited species, the White-nest Swiftlet and the Black-nest Swiftlet. Their habitats range from the Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean to sea caves in the coastal regions of Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Borneo and the Palawan Islands in the Philippines. Malaysia is situated right at the heart of the ‘golden triangle’ of swiftlet bird nest production.

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