DRIED RAW TREMELLA SNOW FUNGUS Dried Raw Termella Its scientific name is Tremella fuciformis, but the striking “beauty mushroom” is more commonly known as tremella mushroom, snow mushroom, silver ear mushroom, snow fungus, or white jelly mushroom. Marked by white or yellowish jelly-like fruiting bodies that give it an appearance similar...
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Dried Raw Termella Its scientific name is Tremella fuciformis, but the striking “beauty mushroom” is more commonly known as tremella mushroom, snow mushroom, silver ear mushroom, snow fungus, or white jelly mushroom.
Marked by white or yellowish jelly-like fruiting bodies that give it an appearance similar to a sea anemone, loofah, and jellyfish, this gelatinous fungus grows primarily in tropical regions on dead or fallen tree branches.
HISTORY OF TREMELLA MUSHROOM
In traditional Chinese medicine, tremella is believed to help boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, support lung function (particularly for conditions such as asthma and dry cough) and maintain clear, healthy skin.
According to Chinese history, the use of snow mushrooms as a fountain of youth goes back to the Tang Dynasty. Legend has it that during the eighth century, Yang Guifei—one of the Four Beauties of ancient China—relied on snow mushroom to maintain her glowing, youthful complexion.
Such a beautiful woman was she that even the emperor could not resist her. Could this epic enchantment truly owe its power to jelly fungus? We might never know for certain, but the fact is that tremella mushroom can indeed offer some very real beauty benefits from the inside out.
NUTRITION OF TREMELLA MUSHROOM.
Along with being a popular mushroom in centuries-old Chinese medicine, tremella mushroom has also been a common ingredient in Chinese cuisine.
One cup of tremella has 326 calories, less than one gram of fat, and more than 12 grams of protein.
Tremella is extremely high in dietary fiber, offering 178% of the daily recommended intake.
Tremella mushroom has high concentrations of vitamin D (essential for bone health), antioxidants, and minerals such as potassium.
A natural anti-aging agent
Tremella mushroom can enhance skin hydration thanks to its high levels of polysaccharides, which have been shown to have anti-aging properties and antioxidant effects that prevent cell damage by free radicals. A report published in 2018 showed that tremella has excellent antioxidative and cell protective functions.
Studies published in 2018 showed tremella fuciformis was able to inhibit the development and spread of inflammation and could therefore be a potential treatment for inflammation-related diseases including heart disease, obesity, and tumors.
Can lower cholesterol
Because of its high fiber content, tremella has been linked to lowering triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels and preventing heart disease. (5) Studies conducted on rats also show the positive effects tremella had on reducing cholesterol levels.
Could combat obesity
Hand-in-hand with its anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering properties, tremella mushroom has been shown to prevent weight gain in rodent studies. While results are promising, further research is needed to determine if tremella could be a viable treatment for obesity.
Protects and regenerates nerve cells
Research conducted with hot water extract of tremella fuciformis has shown that it has strong neuroprotective effects. What’s more, tremella appears to have nerve growth factor (NGF), which could induce the growth of new nervous tissue. These results suggest that tremella could potentially be used as a treatment for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Can kill cancer cells
In a 2018 study conducted in China, researchers found that tremella was able to fight lung cancer cells as well as offer a protective role in lung injury.
Folklore and history
Snow Fungus is native to subtropical and tropical regions around the world including Brazil, Taiwan, China, Japan, and other Asian countries. Cultivation of the fungus began around 1914 in China and new cultivation techniques began in 1968, leading to the mass production of the variety and the ability to export the mushroom in dried form worldwide. Up until this time, Snow Mushrooms were for the exclusive use of royalty and the very wealthy. Today these mushrooms are found fresh or dried at local markets the world over.
With a long history of medicinal use, Snow Fungus was one of the mushrooms included in the “Shen Nong Ben Cao” (circa 200 AD), its traditional indications include clearing heat and dryness, nourishing the brain, and enhancing beauty. As such, Snow Fungus has been used as a beauty product by women in China and Japan for over 2,000 years, and it is claimed that if eaten, the mushrooms will contribute to a long and unblemished life.
With a long history of traditional use, Snow Fungus was extensively used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is also used in Chinese cuisine, mainly in sweet dishes such as luk mei (dessert soup). In Vietnamese cuisine, it is often used in Chè – a term that refers to any traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, dessert soup, or pudding.
In TCM it is famed for its benefits to the skin, with Snow Fungus popping up nowadays as an active ingredient in many skin care products. Other traditional uses include; reducing dry coughs, immune booster, freckle, and pigmentation reducer, and improving heart health.