What is the Tremella Mushroom?
Tremella Mushroom (Tremella fuciformis) is also known as snow mushroom, silver ear mushroom, snow fungus, or white jelly mushroom due to its unique appearance which is similar to that of a sea creature.
The historical usage of Tremella goes back centuries having been used in ancient Chinese medicine since 200AD. Chinese royalty loved tremella’s effect on skin with Yang Guifei of the Tang Dynasty being one of tremella’s biggest fans. Yang Guifei was widely known to be one of the most beautiful women in Chinese history, she was said to have a face that puts all flowers to shame and is considered as one of the Four Great Beauties of Ancient China. When asked about her glowing skin and youthful complexion, she was reported to have put it down to tremella mushrooms!
Like other mushrooms, tremella is loaded with vitamin D, high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory. But as you’ll learn, tremella contains other special benefits that make it the ultimate beauty superfood and earned it the nickname the Fountain of Youth.
Prevent Cell Damage
Like most mushrooms, Tremella is packed with polysaccharides and the ones in tremella mushrooms are powerful antioxidants that help reduce cell damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are responsible for breaking down our skin’s collagen, causing unflattering skin blemishes such as fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and loose, sagging skin. Studies have shown that tremella mushrooms can neutralise those damaging free radicals in your body and skin, to prevent further blemishes from appearing.
Collagen production decreases with age which is why the typical signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles increase as you grow older. Although Tremella doesn’t contain collagen it can help support your body’s natural collagen production. Not only do the polysaccharides found in tremella fight free radicals, they also increase skin collagen synthesis, which boosts the elasticity of your skin and minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
As well as benefits for skin, increased collagen production can help thicken hair and help strengthen nails for an all round more youthful look.
Increased Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid’s main function is to retain water to keep your tissues lubricated and moist which keeps skin visibly soft and subtle. Over time, your body’s stores of hyaluronic acid decline which contributes to the signs of ageing. Hyaluronic acid is a type of polysaccharide that is contained in Tremella Mushroom.
Hyaluronic acid has a unique capacity to bind and retain water molecules. It’s said to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water and it’s what keeps us and our skin hydrated. As the molecules of Tremella are smaller than hyaluronic acid, it makes it a lot easier to penetrate into the layers of your skin for greater results. Plus, Tremella has the capacity to hold up to 5 times more water than hyaluronic acid for even greater results. Supplementing with Tremella Mushrooms can reduce the appearance and feel of ageing