Meltology Ingredient: Silver Ear Mushroom

As well as being a popular culinary mushroom in oriental cuisine, Silver Ear Mushroom has a long history of medicinal use and was one of the mushrooms included in the Shen Nong Ben Cao (c.200AD). Its traditional indications include helping treat dry skin, nourishing the brain and enhancing beauty.

Like other jelly fungi, Silver Ear Mushroom is rich in polysaccharides and these are the main bioactive component when used in skin treatments. Unlike in some other mushrooms, research has shown no effect on immunological activity from changes in size of the polysaccharide molecules within the Silver Ear Mushroom.  Research in China has focused on its use to alleviate the side effects of radiotherapy and as an anti-aging supplement with over 40 Chinese patents citing it during the 1990’s alone.

Laboratory experiments with mice showed the ability of the polysaccharides in Silver Ear Mushroom to exert an anti-aging effect by increasing the superoxide dismutase activity of the brain and liver.

Silver Ear Mushroom has traditionally been believed to benefit the skin and ‘enhance beauty’ and the polysaccharides in Silver Ear Mushroom have been developed for use in Meltology’s products on account of their excellent skin moisture retention, skin protection, flexibility and flattening effects, as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. Their ability to prevent senile degeneration of micro-vessels also helps maintain blood perfusion to the skin.  By obtaining excellent blood flow to the skin, the skin is sure to receive all of the vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay young and healthy looking.

Silver Ear Mushroom is beneficial for counteracting the harmful effects of radiotherapy and also possess excellent anti-ageing activity with a combination of neurological, circulatory and immune-modulating benefits. In addition it is an ideal supplement for those who smoke because of it’s moistening and nourishing properties, as well as beneficial effects on the skin and immune system.

Silver Ear Mushroom is just one of several cutting edge nutraceuticals Meltology has included in it’s luxurious line of skin care and beauty products.  Browse through our online shop and find the moisturizer or cleanser perfect for your skin.