What is Tremella Fuciformis?
Tremella Fuciformis is a type of nutrient-rich medicinal mushroom which is traditionally native to warmer regions in parts of Asia. This unusual fungi isn't your average cap-and-stalk mushroom, instead, it has a near translucent whitish color and jelly-like texture. It’s hailed as being one of the most beautifying substances on the planet, particularly when it comes to promoting a youthful and radiant complexion.
Tremella Nutrition Overview
Nicknamed the snow mushroom or snow fungus, this delicate mushroom brings with it a large range of health benefits. It contains dietary fiber, protein, vitamin D and a wealth of antioxidants and minerals. Tremella has been used by both Japanese and Chinese Herbalists for over two thousand years as it is believed to nourish the lungs, support the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body.
Healthy Cholesterol Levels
A preliminary clinical study shows that tremella fuciformis has the potential to lower bad cholesterol levels. In Japan, tremella mushroom extract is commonly used as a natural preventative measure to protect against atherosclerosis and high cholesterol. The study revealed that it’s tremella’s high polysaccharide count which partly enables the body to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Tremella Fuciformis - A Beautifying Superfood
Out of tremella’s many health-promoting benefits, it is most famous for its beautifying qualities. Legend states that one of the most beautiful people in Chinese history, Yang Guifei, took tremella daily as part of her beauty regime. She attributed tremella to her glowing complexion and radiant beauty.
Science backs up these claims, as tremella has been shown to stimulate the body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid. This miracle beauty compound can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, which means that it helps to draw moisture to the skin. When the skin contains more moisture it appears plumper, and fine lines and wrinkles appear diminished. Like many other species of medicinal mushrooms including reishi and chaga, tremella contains a high amount of antioxidants. These antioxidants play a major role in fighting free radical damage, which in turn also has a powerful anti-aging effect.
Tremella Fuciformis - Digestive Support
Tremella is incredibly rich in dietary fibre, which is a beneficial type of fibre that help to support the digestive system by maintaining healthy bowel health. Studies also show that dietary fibre also plays a role in helping to control blood sugar levels. Statistics show that many people simply do not get enough fibre in their diet, so tremella provides an easy and delicious way to sneak some more of it into your day.
Tremella Mushroom Health Benefits at a Glance
Aids Digestion: Polysaccharides and dietary fibre help to support the digestive system
Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammation
Anti-Bacterial: Protects against infections and harmful bacteria
Anti-Aging: Antioxidants help to fight free radical damage
Immune Support: Helps to strengthen the immune system
Beautifying: Promotes a healthy, glowing complexion
Mood Balancer: Can help to reduce irritability and anxiousness
Lowers cholesterol: Fights high cholesterol levels
How to Buy the Best Tremella Mushroom
The best quality tremella is carefully prepared without the use of excess heat and chemicals. Always choose a product which is natural and pure and has no added fillers or preservatives. A concentrated extract provides a powerful way to get a larger dose of tremella’s nutrients in each dose. We offer a 10:1 concentrated extract powder which is ten times more powerful than the raw root. Tremella mushroom powder should be kept in airtight packing and stored in a dry, dark and cool place.
Tremella Dosage and Side Effects
We recommend taking a dose of half a teaspoon to start with, particularly if it’s your first time taking any sort of medicinal mushroom. You can then up your dose to one full teaspoon. Tremella mushroom can be taken at any time of day.
How to Use Tremella Mushroom
Tremella has a very mild taste which makes it one of the most versatile medicinal mushrooms around. One of the most popular ways to use it is to blend it into smoothies and juices, or simply dissolve it in warm water to make a nourishing tea. You can also incorporate it with other tonic herbs, medicinal mushrooms, and superfoods to make a super potent elixir.
This mushroom can also be added to your favorite dishes to give them both a nutrient-kick and a beauty boost. It can be used in sweet and savory dishes including dips, sauces, salad dressings, snack bars, chocolates, cakes, and soups.
As well as putting tremella in your foods and drinks, you can also apply it topically. You can mix this mild mushroom with a small amount of water to create a smoothie paste which can be used as a face mask. Simply cover your face with a thin layer of the paste, (making sure to avoid areas around the eye), then allow to dry for 10 minutes before gently washing off with warm water. Some people like to mix a small amount of the powder in with their beauty creams.
Tremella Fuciformis Mushroom Recipes
One of the quickest and easiest ways to enjoy tremella and it’s many benefits is to use a powder to make a tonic tea. Just add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the powder to a mug filled with warm (not boiling) water, stir and then enjoy immediately. You can flavour your tea to your tastes by adding coconut, seed or nut milks, natural sweeteners and spices. You can even go a step further and add other medicinal mushrooms, superfoods, tonic herbs and teas. Here are a few ingredients you can experiment with:
Medicinal Mushrooms: chaga, reishi, maitake, shiitake, cordyceps, turkey tail
Tonic Herbs: he shou wu, schizandra berry, ashwagandha, pine pollen, matcha
Superfood Powders: spirulina, chlorella, pink pitaya
Teas: Matcha, gynostemma, mint, chamomile, raspberry, ginger, lemon
So you already know tremella can be added to almost anything (or even sprinkled over your dinner if you're feeling a little lazy), but here is a simple smoothie to get you started.
Beauty Blast: A Chocolate Tremella Smoothie Recipe
Sip your way to glowing skin with this nutritious and filling smoothie recipe. These six ingredients combine to create a powerful drink which nourishes the skin from the inside out.
Raw cacao powder is packed full of antioxidants, and one study showed that women who regularly consumed it over 12 weeks had significantly smoother, softer and better-hydrated skin. Avocado is packed full of healthy fats, while pumpkin seeds are rich in skin-loving Vitamin E, selenium and zinc.
1 1/2 cups of almond milk
2 tbsp of raw cacao powder
1/2 an avocado
A generous amount of pumpkin seeds
A handful of spinach
1 tsp of tremella powder
Pour the almond milk into your blender and then add in the other ingredients and whizz until smooth. If you prefer your smoothies a little sweeter then throw in a date or two, and add more almond milk to achieve your desired consistency. Enjoy immediately.
If you want to go the extra mile to create a powerful elixir, then tremella also combines well with goji berries and schizandra berry powder. We have a beauty complex which is designed to promote a radiant complexion, and it contains extracts of each of those three ingredients.