The bird’s nest industry is a lucrative one. And despite the multiple health benefits they seem to bring, the incidence of unreliable or fake bird’s nest is more rampant than you think. Moreover, the information on the quality and cleanliness of the nests may sometimes be inaccurate and are often based on what sellers tell customers. This encouraged Freddy Yap to set up Superior, which implemented a rigorous cleaning process that has been certified by the global food safety management standard, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP). Superior also sells chia seeds. Here are some of their health benefits for both children as well as pregnant women.
It is recommended that pregnant women consume bird’s nest in the second half of their pregnancy, because it can help promote cell division while strengthening both the mother’s and the baby’s immune system. The large amount of crude protein and collagen in bird’s nest also ensures smooth, supple skin for both mother and child. In the same vein, it helps to relieve stretch marks.
Bird’s nest holds great medicinal properties which help to enhance the health of your child and is able to treat illnesses, especially those related to the lungs.
Bird’s nest can also promote your child’s growth and development because it contains proteins, amino acids and minerals that are essential for healthy development.
Especially if bird’s nest is consumed regularly, the incidence of colds and flu can be minimised. By improving the function of the lungs and kidneys, bird’s nest helps boost the body’s immune system and increase resistance to external environmental factors.
• Replenishes lost nutrients
Because of its antioxidant properties, chia seeds are capable of replenishing the body’s nutrient store, which depletes quickly especially during pregnancy. Chia seeds are also believed to contain more than the amount of antioxidants found in some berries, and are very high in essential minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, and iron, which are essential during pregnancy.
In addition, chia seeds also aid in proper foetal skeletal development, because of their high calcium content. Chia seeds contain almost five times the amount of calcium as milk. An added bonus is that they also contain boron, another critical mineral for bone health.
• Slows sugar absorption for a smoother pregnancy
High blood sugar levels during pregnancy has been known to increase birth related risks such as high birth weight, an increased incidence of C-section deliveries and pre-eclampsia. When consumed, chia seeds create a gelatin-like substance in the stomach, which slows digestion and regulates blood sugar levels.
• Boosts energy
Chia seeds also retard the conversion of sugars and carbohydrates into energy. This leads to a sustained energy boost that can relieve the demand and stress of a pregnancy while supporting the growing baby’s tissue development and bone growth.
Packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and protein, this superfood has shown to maintain strong bones and teeth, and aid in muscle, brain and organ formation due to its excellent supply of protein and amino acids.
In addition, studies have shown that chia seeds have positively impacted children with asthma and ADHD. There is also a correlation with chia seed consumption and improvements in their learning and behaviour.