Chinese Black Fungus For Health, Fitness, Diets, Slimming and Nutrition

Can the textures and tastes of fish and meat be found in a vegetable? Chinese Black Fungus is renowned for these qualities, its vital nutrients and its valuable contributions, as a dietary supplement, to fitness and overall health. Generally obtained in packaged dried form, it requires washing before use.

As a health supplement

Enriching the blood and preventing iron deficiency anemia, western medical science has found black fungus to be very effective in modulating blood viscosity as it inhibits platelet aggregation, thereby lowering blood viscosity levels. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), its applications include anemia, uterine bleeding, hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, and coronary heart disease. It also figures significantly in the prevention and relief of cancer.

A very common and inexpensive ingredient in Chinese cuisine, it has also been recognized in TCM as a medicinal food for thousands of years. Black Fungus, rich in nutrients such as iron, proteins, fats, vitamins and polysaccharides, also contains vital trace elements like potassium, selenium and manganese essential for the long term health of the body.

The sweet and sour taste of Black Fungus is not particularly strong, but its texture is decidedly meat-like. Its presence in dishes serves rather to enhance the flavors of the main ingredients.

As a dietary aid

Black Fungus is a powerful ally in the fight against obesity. Although very low in calories, its meaty texture (and taste) when boiled makes it particularly satisfying for the appetite. It is frequently added to other dishes to “enrich” them, to bulk them up for dieting/slimming purposes as well as for its valuable nutritional content.

It is definitely not “fast food”, it requires thorough soaking and cleaning before use. Available in most Chinese supermarkets, Black Fungus is sometimes stocked by Tesco city center branches.

‘Fat Busters’ to enjoy alongside

Dieters can wash down their black fungus with other proven Chinese aids for slimming, weight loss and nutrition like green tea (Lu Cha) and Bojenmi tea.

Green tea stimulates the heart, aids digestion and provides a general “wake-up call”. Encouraging fat metabolism and popular for dieting and slimming, general body detoxification is also encouraged by drinking green tea.

People with anemia (and women during their menstrual period) should avoid green tea as it somewhat inhibits iron assimilation. These should switch to Bojenmi tea (see below) and/or consume black fungus to remedy iron deficiencies.

Bojenmi Cha, also known as “healthy and beautiful looking flesh reducer tea”, also promotes slimming and weight loss. A blend of 12 medicinal herbs based on an ancient remedy from the Ming Dynasty, this pleasant-tasting tea aids digestion, lowers cholesterol levels and has a mild laxative effect.


Both teas help eliminate fatty deposits from internal systems. The fat-burning effect of cheap green tea is such that Chinese restaurants use leftovers to clean grease from tables at closing time.

Black fungus, green tea, and Bojenmi tea all have internal cleansing, detoxifying, and longevity-inducing effects, encouraging their inclusion in anti-aging, health, and fitness diets. All three can be found in most Chinese supermarkets

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