"Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years."
It happens to all to all of us. When we are little, we want to grow up faster. But then as we grow up, we wish time would go slower. No matter who you are, the process of aging cannot be avoided. Every year, you will grow one year older. The inside of your body also ages, but the speed at which your cells age can speed up and slow down depending on many factors.
So the question remains: is a younger, more healthy version of you possible? Scientists who are studying the effects of Edible Bird’s Nest are looking into this very possibility.
What exactly is aging? What is happening?
Aging is more than birthday parties and wrinkles. It is actually a scientific reaction that is happening within our bodies and is marked by a continual and progressive deterioration.
The Mayo Clinic highlights some of the effects of agingthat are common to many people are:
Fine lines and wrinkles
Decreased muscle strength
Hardening and thinning of bones
Metabolism slows down
Curious minds still want to know: what is causing aging?What happens on the cellular level that worsens wrinkles and gray hairs in some, but not as much in others? For some people, the way they age is dependent somewhat on their genetics (or their family history), which cannot be changed. Another huge factor for aging is how much oxidative stress your body is exposed to throughout your lifetime.
Understanding Oxidative Stress
Oxidative stress sounds complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Simply put: oxidative stress is when there are too many free radicals in the body after oxygen is used up by the cells. These free-floating oxygen cells (also called free-radicals) are highly reactive and cause damage to your body. This is why antioxidants are so important for you to consume in your diet — these fight against the free radicals and neutralize them.
The buildup of oxidative stress can be from breathing polluted air, but it also can come from a variety of sources. Here are just some places it can come from:
Preservative chemicals in foods
Fried, fatty foods
Eating from plastic with BPA
- Viral, bacterial, and fungal Infections
The Importance of EBN to Slow Down the Effects of Aging
Reduces the Oxidation in the Body
Bioscience, Biotechnology & Biochemistry Publication (BBBP) found that Bird’s Nest has high amounts of lactoferrin and ovotransferrin which “have shown promise in the prevention of aging and its related diseases.”
Lactoferrin is a protein that is present in the swiftlet’s saliva, and it has many uses. Some of these uses include improving the body’s ability to fight infections and offer antioxidant effects. The extra antioxidants help to work against free radicals.
Improves Skin Tone
As we age, our skin naturally becomes thinner and the tone (thickness) is lost. This fact is easily seen if you were to compare a baby’s chubby little hands to a 30-year-old to an 80-year-old. The skin spreads and thins out as we age. It also helps to explain why elderly people’s skin tears so easily; it is not strong enough to stay together as it once was.
The same researchers at BBBP found that when they analyzed the Edible Bird’s Nest, it contained “epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like activity.” This EGF-like activity helped the dermal growth, which improved the thickness of the skin layer.
Strengthens the Bones
Most of us have known an elderly parent or friend who has fallen and broken their hip. The reason that this is so common in the elderly is due to the decreased amounts of calcium within the bones. They become hard and brittle, which puts these people at a greater risk for osteoporosis.
One of the many benefits of lactoferrin that scientists are learning about is that it can help the body make more osteoblasts. Osteoblasts are best explained as bone-building cells. These cells need lactoferrin to grow and are necessary to keep your bones strong. Most people see a decline in osteoblasts as they age and EBN could be an interesting functional food to prevent that.
Osteoarthritis is a painful, inflammatory condition that affects the cartilage of your joints. Each joint (where two bones meet together, like your hip or knees), a soft layer of cartilage keeps the bones apart. In osteoarthritis, the layer begins to become inflamed and can disintegrate. This allows the bones to begin to scrape against each other. Not only is this very painful, but it also creates little nicks and burrs within the joints causing more pain.
EBN was found to help ”reduce the progression of osteoarthritis and helps in the regeneration of the cartilage” by BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Osteoarthritis has no known cure, but EBN was found to help improve the cartilage layers, which may help to slow down the timeline of the painful disease.
Helps to Regenerate Stem Cells
Just as every vegetable or fruit comes from a seed, your body relies upon Human Adipose-Derived Stem Cells (hADSCs) to create new cells within the body to repair or replace aging ones. One of the newer ways to obtain these stem cells is through adipose tissue within the body, which is usually done a liposuction-like surgical procedure. However, EBN has the potential to do the work of hADSCs on its own without the difficulty of the harvesting procedure.
According to Hindawi Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, it was found that EBN “strongly promoted the proliferation of hADSCs [and it] increased cell growth and suppressed cell apoptosis (cell death).” Slowing down or preventing cell death is very important because once the body kills the cells, there is no way to bring them back. The protective effects from the EBN can help extend the life of the stem cells and ultimately may help lengthen your life.
It’s sad but true; there’s no magical fountain of youth. As long as you are alive, the effects of aging will come to you. However, as the studies have shown, EBN has the potential to help slow down some of those effects to make your life a little less painful and a bit more enjoyable.
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