The Beauty Mushroom

Tremella Mushroom

What is the Tremella mushroom

Tremella mushroom or Tremella fuciformis is a mycoparasitic fungus that produces white, gelatinous fruiting bodies unlike anything you have ever seen. As a mycoparasite, Tremella feeds on certain other fungi for nutrition, not wood like other well known mushrooms. It first appears in a yeast like growth stage  before  it  parasitizes a common wood decomposing fungus, as it depends on the previous fungus digestive abilities to survive. 

 It is commonly seen growing year round in tropical and subtropical regions around the world such as Japan, Brazil and China. People in China have long wildcrafted this amazing mushroom for it’s many health benefits. Like other mushrooms, Tremella has shown to be anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-tumor, anti-oxidant, immunostimulating, hypocholesterolemic, and more alluring than these benefits is it’s anti-aging aspect. In ancient China, it is said that an imperial consort of Emperor Xuanzong of Tang named Yang Guifei credited the tremella mushroom for her glowing skin and youthful complexion. In fact, she is considered and known as one of the Four Beauties of ancient China. According to legends, these were the most beautiful women of ancient China and by using their beauty, they exercised influence over kings and warriors. 

While women in China had reportedly been using beautifying mushrooms for hundreds of years, Tremella mushroom use dates back as far as 200 A.D. But calling Tremella a beauty mushroom would be an understatement. 

Beauty has a new meaning

A multifarious mushroom that can do more things for us than just one and simultaneously. Beautiful skin that comes with a beautifully functioning body. Tremella is most well known for it’s effects on skin improvement and it’s antioxidant capabilities. But before we get to that lets discuss what else Tremella seems to benefit.

A study published in 2018 revealed how researchers investigated the function of polysaccharides isolated from Tremella in LPS- induced inflammation and oxidative stress on macrophages, a type of white blood cell. Researchers penetrated, stimulated, analyzed and concluded that polysaccharides found in the Tremella mushroom inhibited LPS- induced oxidative stress and inflammation by inhibiting the expression of a microRNA known as  miR-155 which is a major regulator for inflammation, and by inhibiting NFκB activation in macrophages. NFκB is a protein complex that controls transcriptions of DNA, cytokine production and cell survival, and which regulates multiple aspects of the innate and adaptive immune functions that serves as a pivotal mediator of inflammatory responses. Researchers suggested that polysaccharides from the Tremella mushroom may be a potential reagent for inhibiting the development of inflammation. 

 In medical circles, “inflammation” has a broader meaning that goes beyond just your average swelling or puffiness from, say, an infected wound or a bug bite. It refers to a series of interrelated responses that collectively are often called the “inflammatory response” and is generally in defense of the body. The inflammatory response is the first reaction of the body to tissue damage or infection, and although it is clear that inflammation in general is a defensive response, when it is prolonged, as the result of persistent offense caused by environmental factors or predetermined chronic conditions, then it can actually cause harm. The polysaccharides present in Tremella mushroom have shown promising affects as antioxidants, and therefore could be a potential treatment for inflammation related diseases such as heart disease. Tremella fuciformis polysaccharide (TFPS) has been identified as a major bioactive component. Different experimental conditions can determine different TFPS fractions and ratios, which makes TFPS a mixture of different polysaccharides that have shown multiple physiological and health promoting effects including immunomodulation, anti- tumor, anti- oxidation, anti- aging, hypoglycemic, hypolipidemic, neuroprotective plus other attributed effects. 

Tremella, Fiber and Cholesterol

Fiber intake is crucial for a balance body. It is best known for keeping our internal pluming clear, that is our intestines. But this important plant nutrient has benefits that extend beyond just sweeping our intestines.  When we eat, our bodies break down food into nutrients that it can utilize. Fiber on the other hand cannot be digested or absorbed. Instead, both soluble and insoluble fibers remain intact through the body, helping to remove waste. Soluble fiber is, well, soluble. It includes all dietary fiber that can be dissolved in water. Once dissolved, soluble fiber forms a gel like substance that assist with digestion, influences nutrient absorption, and regulates bowl movements.

Insoluble fiber includes the dietary fiber that cannot be dissolved in water. It promotes the movement of material through the digestive system and increases stool bulk. Think of it like a brush that sweeps the intestinal floors of debris.

It has been stated that fiber, soluble fiber to be exact, assist the body to rid itself of LDL cholesterol or “bad” cholesterol. The gel substance formed after soluble fiber becomes dissolved in water grabs a hold of excess fats and cholesterol in the small intestine so that it is excreted instead of absorbed into the bloodstream.

Soluble fiber also reduces the amount of bile salts reabsorbed from the intestines, requiring the body to produce more bile salts by using up cholesterol.  Fiber can slow down the digestion process, which would in turn slow down how fast blood sugar rises after a meal. High blood sugar can cause more triglycerides to be formed, which can cause more cholesterol to be formed. 

In a study published on Science Direct, two edible mushrooms were researched to investigate their effects on serum and liver lipids, fecal neutral steroids, and bile acid excretion in rats. One of these two edible mushrooms was Tremella fuciformis. The rats were fed two semisynthetic hypocholesterolemic diets (1.5% cholesterol, 5% fat) each containing 5% of dried powder of the two mushrooms. After four weeks of mushroom consumption, results showed that the serum total cholesterol concentration was significantly decreased in both mushrooms. Serum refers to fluid related to blood. A similar significant decease was observed in serum LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), more done so by tremella than the other mushroom. There was no significant difference found in serum HDL cholesterol concentration and the amount of liver total cholesterol and total lipids among the two mushroom diet groups and the control group. Only the animals fed Tremella had a significant decrease in serum triacylglycerol  levels. Nonetheless, both mushrooms demonstrated effective hypocholesterolemic effects. 

Feel The Essence Of Beautiful, Glowing Skin

Perhaps the most touted benefit of the Tremella mushroom would be it’s effects on the skin. Skin health is closely related to skin moisture content. When the skin is dehydrated, the intracellular metabolism is disturbed and the stability of the cell membrane is destroyed causing the skin to lose it’s elasticity which can result in wrinkles and even rashes. Skin dehydration can occur because of multiple reasons. The insufficient consumption of water, routine skincare, lifestyle choices, age and environmental factors are only some things that can bring about dry skin. Tremella is an incredible youth preserving mushroom capable of rejuvenating, moisturizing and hydrating the skin. Polysaccharides present in Tremella have demonstrated unique water retaining properties, allowing a holding capacity of nearly 500 times it’s own weight. To put that into better perspective take the naturally occurring substance hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is produced in skin cells naturally and works to help our skin maintain moisture. It is also a common component used in cosmetics and skin care products for brands such as L’Oréal, for this very reason. Hyaluronic acid hold 1000 times it’s weight in water. Tremella mushroom holds about 5 times more water than that of hyaluronic acid. Amazing isn’t it.  

Exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun, along with other sorts of visible radiation can undoubtedly cause harm to our skin as well. Photodamage, sometimes referred to as photo- aging or sun damage, is a broad term used to describe changes to the skin caused by chronic exposure to ultraviolet radiation. 

Polysaccharides present in Tremella mushroom have shown great moisturizing and hygroscopic abilities. Tremella can reduce the photo-damage of skin caused by ultra violet rays, as it has shown to significantly raise the moisture and collagen content in the skin of animals who have been exposed to ultraviolet rays in research groups when compared to control groups. If you’re a skin care fanatic chances are that you’ve heard the term collagen before. Collagen is the main structural protein found in the bodies various connective tissues, as it makes up 75-80 percent of our skin. It has been stated that as collagen diminishes, our skin loses firmness and begins to sag, and wrinkles that were only obvious when forced upon our face when for example smiling or frowning, soon become permanent and apparent. 


Collagen is the skins support, giving it the firmness and elasticity it needs to move and function healthily. If we were to compare it to something for a better understanding of how important it is for our skin and health, you could say that collagen is like the skeleton of our skin. 

Fibroblasts are a type of dermal cell responsible for making extracellular matrix and collagen. In a study published in 2017 researchers investigated the protective effects of Tremella polysaccharides on hydrogen- peroxide induced injury of human skin fibroblasts. The hydrogen peroxide decreased human skin fibroblasts viability with a concurrent increase in ROS (reactive oxygen species) generation and cell apoptosis. If the fibroblasts that help make your skin glow are incapable of living and functioning then skin becomes just an old desk lamp in need of repair, not very much glowing. As a result, T. polysaccharide pretreatment reduced oxidative stress and cell apoptosis in hydrogen- peroxide treated fibroblasts. Furthermore it became apparent that not only did it reduce cell apoptosis but it also protected the fibroblasts from oxidative stress. Once again, Tremella has proven itself as a multi- purpose medicinal and beautifying phenomenon of nature, allowing our bodies to utilize it’s astounding chemical constituents. 

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Real Mushrooms is a top leading brand of organic mushroom extracts in the North American market, with the driven purpose of providing the mass public with high quality medicinal mushroom extracts. Real Mushrooms put emphasis on the term “real” because is has been brought to our attention that lots, if not most of the so called “mushroom” products that are made available on the market, especially online, do not contain the mushroom fruiting body but the mycelium that is grown on grains. 



Why Choose Us

Manifested through family relations, Real Mushrooms first began after a deep discussion between Skye Chilton, the founder of Real Mushrooms, and his father Jeff Chilton. The Chilton family is deeply imbedded in the sector of mushroom cultivation. Jeff Chilton is a foundational figure in the mushroom market of North America as Jeff was one of the first to bring mushroom extracts to the North American market and organized the first organic mushroom growers workshop in China back in 1996. He has over 40 years of mushroom growing experience and is also the founder of Nammex, the leading suppler brand of organic mushroom extract ingredients to supplement companies in the North American region. Since 1989 Nammex has pioneered the development and manufacture of mushroom extracts for the health and wellness industry.

Jeff and Skye Chilton had the vision of creating an authentic mushroom brand that people can trust will provide them with the essence of nature. Skye Chilton watched all of this influence generate over his father as he grew up having different kinds of dreams. His background in computers had him convinced of becoming a video game designer. However, things started to make a turn later in his life, as he started to focus more on his health and wellbeing. He began to notice that their seemed to be a lack of quality mushroom supplements in the North American market, which consumers were unaware of. Driven by his frustration, Skye and Jeff discussed about starting a family owned and operated business that would supply consumers with top quality, real mushroom products. It was out of these conversations that Real Mushrooms came to be what it is today.  

Real Mushrooms takes pride in what they are and in what they have to offer. Quality ingredients should always be the most desirable as they should obviously promote greater efficacy and safety. At The Garden In The Jungle we have learned that not all  mushroom products are made alike. We’ve learned that the mushroom market of North America is dominated by products that rarely contain the actual fruiting body that is the mushroom, or these products are never actually made with any part of the fruiting body at all but instead contain mycelium that is grown on grain. These products are commonly marketed as “mushroom” products yet they contain no mushrooms at all. To make matters worse, at times, the grains are not even separated from the mycelium and so the products are mainly the grain that the mycelium is growing on. This kind of marketing technique and business model is a big finger to mushroom lovers and enthusiasts everywhere. Very few of the important medicinal compounds found in these mushroom fruiting bodies remain in these products since the bulk of the product is grain. This thievery is not just of our pockets but of our health and development, which is why we we are honored to bring to you Real Mushrooms. 

A Better Source For Real Mushrooms

Mushrooms have a rich history in the past time of China. The cultivation of mushrooms for culinary and medicinal purposes dates back over thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Some of the most revered species of mushrooms that can be considered foundational to Traditional Chinese Medicine such as the Reishi, shiitake, cordyceps and turkey tail mushrooms have long been used with traditional herbs to treat a variety of ailments like insomnia, fatigue, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Over time, as the many years went by, the Chinese developed an instinctive expertise in mushroom cultivation compared to the rest of the world. China grows a wide variety of medicinal mushrooms at a scale that can’t be replicated in North America. 

We take pride in being in association with Real Mushrooms, just as they take pride in providing genuine mushroom extracts of the highest quality. They use, exclusively, the mushroom fruiting body in all of their products. No mycelium and no grains. All of the extracts provided by Real Mushrooms are from the leading supplier of organic mushroom extracts, the aforementioned Nammex. With over 40 years of mushroom growing experience, Nammex was one of the first companies to bring organic mushroom extracts to North America. Their ingredients go through rigorous quality control and are tested twice for heavy metals, agricultural chemicals and microbial contamination to ensure that they meet all standards for dietary supplements of this kind. All of their extracts are made from certified organic mushroom fruiting bodies, organically grown or wildcrafted from the mountainous regions of China.  

Mushroom cultivation for health product ventures in North American when compared to China, has proved to be not very economical for the producer. Mushrooms used for dietary supplements are rarely grown in North America because it is too expensive. In actuality, China is the leading supplier of mushrooms worldwide and supplies over 85% of the worlds mushrooms. China is one of the very few paces where you can get 100% organic mushroom fruiting body extracts that can be sold at an affordable price. This is a big reason why its noteworthy to keep in mind that any mushroom products made in the United States are typically not made from mushrooms but mycelium.

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