Today, bird nest benefits are no longer a myth. Modern science identifies the key
ingredient in bird nest as Glycoprotein.
This so-called "super protein" is a principal substance the human body can produce,
but regresses over time due to ageing and illness.
Glycoprotein can be found in abundance in Swiflets' nests which are made from the bird’s saliva. In the past, no scientific explanation can be made on the health benefits of the people who consume bird nest, as Glycoprotein was not known until its discovery, which garnered a Nobel prize in 1994.
Glycoproteins in bird nest are enriched in EGF, Sialic acid and 19 other types of amino acids.
What is in the bird's saliva?
Recent modern-day technology and researches have discovered that, apart from normal nutritions like carbohydrate, protein or minerals, bird nest or Swiflet's saliva is rich in Glycoprotein, up to 80%. This is the real miracle behind bird nest, which has been appreciated by the Chinese consumers for more than thousand years.
What is Glycoprotein?
Glycoprotein is a molecule that connects glycogen (carbohydrate) with protein. It is rich with minerals and 19 amino acids that are essential to physical development & reparation at cell level. It helps influence bio-activities of the body system and works beyond the simple carbohydrates or simple proteins.
Glycoprotein is a base of all human and animal's molecule structure, and an important element in cell matrix and bone. It is water-soluble, and works as carrier of hormone, vitamin and mineral, and also as lubricator, antioxidant and immunity enhancer in the body system.
Today a number of naturally occurring substances have already been identified as having high glycoprotein content. One of them is Collocalia's saliva or bird nest.
Four Nobel Prizes for Medicine in recent years (1994 to 2001) have been given to scientists on how cells communicate, and their importance to physical health & well-being, which led to better understanding and focus on glycoprotein.
Today glycoprotein has been found in some plants such as mushroom and fruit, but never anything found as much as 80% as the saliva nest from Collocolia.
Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)
To understand the benefits that bird nest can work on our skin, we need to first be acquainted with EGF. EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) can be found in human cells. It is a hormone produced by salivary and Brunner’s glands. EGF is a 6,000 Daltons polypeptide hormone, which is a key hormone in the human cell system. Normally, the human body can produce EGF, but its capacity usually subsides with age or pollution. EGF stimulates cell proliferation, differentiation and development. It is essential in repairing damaged skin tissue by stimulating new skin cells and accelerating wound healing process in patients undergoing surgery. More importantly, EGF also assists in preventing fine lines and creases while slowing down ageing and boosting skin radiance. With this efficacy there has been endeavor to extract EGF from various plants to produce a premium skincare line without realizing that EGF is abundant in natural bird nest. And it is this EGF in the bird nest which contains properties and structural characteristics most similar to those found in human body.
What does EGF do to our skin?
- EGF is a component in the human cell that our body can produce. This production will reduce as we age.
- EGF stimulates cell growth at the cellular level so that the human body can generate new cells to replace old and dying ones.
- EGF assists in cell growth and repairing of skin tissues.
- EGF helps reduce wrinkles and aging lines, therefore rejuvenating the skin.
- EGF stimulates new cells and help repair skin tissue from wounds or surgery.