Snow fungus Tramella Beauty Soup 

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This soup is a very popular beauty soup in everyday household in China, it is often used for beauty enhancer soup due to its yin nourishing properties. The main ingredients of this soup is snow fungus or known as white fungus. The transparent chewy characteristic of the snow fungus claimed to help improving the collagen production in the face and prevent loss of collagen. 

Snow Fungus is also known as White fungus (tremella fuciformisis). In Chinese, it is known as yin Er银耳 (silver ear) or Bai Mu Er白木耳 (White wood ear). The wood ear name is due to the way it looks on the decaying logs on which the fungus grows. Snow Fungus is often cooked as a sweet dessert soup or savoury soup with chicken or pork. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it often used traditionally as a yin nourishing herbs to clear heat, nourish fluid, moisten the lung and relief dry cough. 

Ginger King the Cosmetic Chemist commented the use of snow Fungus internally helps boost skin hydration due to the gelatinous structure and high amount of polysaccharide. Its hydration properties is also further seconded by the dermatologist Dendy Engelman who says snow fungus acts similar to hyaluronic acid by pulling moisture to the skin, enhance skin elasticity through intense hydration and reduce sign of inflammation. The snow fungus polysaccharide-based products are also developed to helps radiotherapy patient by alleviating skin dryness and redness, supporting immune system.

Many studies reported the medicinal properties of Snow Fungus are due to the immunologically active polysaccharides. One of the most recent  review article tittled “ Structure, bioactivities and applications of the polysaccharides from Tremella fuciformis mushroom: A review”  has summarized the  medicinal benefit of Tramella mushroom as below “many researchers have reported that Tramella fuciformis polysaccharides possess various bioactivities, including anti-tumor, immunomodulatory, anti-oxidation, anti-aging, repairing brain memory impairment, anti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic and hypocholesterolemic.

Another review article tittled “Medicinal Value of Genus Tremella Pers (Heterobasidiomycetes)” also stated the potential positive immune boosting effect of Tramella mushroom in the abstract, “It is shown that the antitumor activity of Tremella mushrooms is due to immunomodulating effects of both humoral and cellular immune factors in the body. Tremella species also stimulate vascular endothelial cells; possess pronounced antiradiating effects; stimulate hematogenesis; demonstrate antidiabetic, antiinflammatory, hypocholesterolemic, antiallergic activities; and show hepatoprotective effects. Tremella glucuronoxylomannan can be recommended to improve immunodeficiency, including that induced by AIDS, physical stress, or aging, and to prevent senile degeneration of microvessels, maintaining better blood perfusion conditions in vital organ.”

Although many studies have been carried out to show the medicinal benefit of the Tramella mushroom, it is unclear about the mechanism of action in boosting the immune system. Nevertherless it has been used for more than thousands of years as food and medicinal   herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. When consume in its natural manner, its beauty enhancer properties by preventing collagen loss and improving hydration are well known by majority of the Chinese family in Asia. See Research section for list of the studies on Tramella mushroom. 

Ingredients

  • 1 Dried snow fungus 
  • 9 red dates
  • 2 tbsp. goji berry
  • 3 tbsp. of dried Longan  
  • 3tbsp of lotus seed
  • 50 g to 80g rock sugar
  • 1.5 L water 

Instructions 

  • Soak the snow fungus until soft. It took about 2-3 hours to soften completely.
  • Once it is soft, trim off the yellow end of the snow fungus then hand shred into small chunks.
  • Place the prepared snow fungus, red dates, lotus seeds, dried longan and water in a large pot
  • Bring to boil then lower the heat and simmer for about 40 minutes. 
  • Add goji berries and continue to cook for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Add rock sugar to season the soup according to your liking of sweetness.
  • Turn off the heat and serve either warm or chilled 
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Lih Yan

Lihyan (Chloe) Teh has been working in multiple professions across the health and beauty industry as pharmacist, Chinese medicine herbalist, acupuncturist, hairdresser, makeup artist and beauty adviser. Lihyan is passionate in helping men and women to regain their vitality in heath and allow the beauty shine from inside out. She often works with patient with skin disorder, gynecological disorder, digestion and emotional health.

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