Silver ear mushroom extract, or Tremella fuciformis, has been used in Asia for centuries as a secret for skin anti-aging, bone strengthening, and weight control.
This ingredient has been used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years to heal various ailments. Traditionally Chinese women, including the legendary beauty Yang Guifei, used White fungus to make the skin moist, soft, and pliable (NutraGreen).
Silver ear mushroom extract functions as a supreme hydrator. It has been suggested Silver ear mushroom extract may hold 500% more moisture than hyaluronic acid! Considering that hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, that puts silver ear mushroom extract at 50,000 times its weight in water — quite impressive! For your skin, that means hydration, smoothness, and some degree of natural cosmetic wrinkle-filling.
In Japan, shittake mushrooms are long believed to enhance vitality and slow aging. According to this journal article, mushrooms have been found to secrete a substance called lentinan that stimulates the body’s immune system and even fights some viruses. Shittake mushrooms are even labeled an “anticancer” drug by the Japanese government!
Mushrooms naturally contain an enzyme known as lignin peroxidase. Among enzymatic mushroom extracts, lignin peroxidase is the one supposedly able to decompose eumelanin, one of the types of melanin found in the skin. By doing this, mushrooms may help with age spots, melasma, and other forms of hyperpigmentation.
Given that mushrooms certainly have shown promise in increasing skin hydration, stimulating the immune system, acting anti-bacterial and anti-viral agents, and being effective antioxidants, it is not surprising mushrooms have beneficial effects for the skin.
Not All Mushrooms are the Same
“Magic mushrooms”, or psychedelic drugs, are technically known as Psilocybe cyanescens. Silver ear mushroom extract, or Tremella fuciformis, is used in skin care due to its hydrating and lightening and antioxidant properties. It is not a psychedelic, and is generally considered to be safe.
Based on these studies, silver ear mushroom extract may improve the appearance of signs of aging over time. AminoGenesis Paranormal EFX Anti-Aging Super Serum is a superior formula with silver ear mushroom extract. We highly recommend it!