Tremella fuciformis, also known in China as white jelly mushroom, has been a staple ingredient in Asian medicine and skin care for thousands of years. Although they are now grown commercially, tremella used to be hard to find in the wild and only the ruling class and wealthy could afford to buy the prized mushroom.
So, what gives tremella its restorative qualities? Polysaccharides. The polysaccharides in tremella give it superb moisture retaining abilities, hydrating the skin and keeping it moist and plump. They also stimulate the production of superoxide dismutase, one of the most important antioxidant anti-ageing enzymes for the body. Antioxidants help to support skin and body health by removing free radicals that can cause cell damage and inflammation.
Tremella contains very high levels of vitamin D which is also good for the skin and aids in the absorption of calcium. It is also full of beta-glucans, which can help to stimulate the immune system. This incredible mushroom contains various other health-giving enzymes, amino acids, and minerals as well.