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Black Fungus (Wood Ear) Health Benefits

Black fungus mushrooms (Auricularia auricula) have been a staple of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. 

The genus Auricularia comprises 10–15 recognized species worldwide, many of which look similar to each other. 

Black fungus are also commonly known as wood ear, due to their resemblance to a human ear, these dark black and brown fungi have a chewy texture when fresh, and a very hard texture when dry. 

They are used commonly in both Chinese and Japanese cuisine. The taste is comparative to an oyster or shiitake mushrooms. 

They are closely related to cloud ear mushrooms (Auricularia polytricha) and jelly ear fungus (Auricularia auricula-judae).

There are many impressive benefits of black fungus, including its positive effects on blood circulation, heart health, and chronic disease, among others.

Benefits of black fungus

Blood Circulation

Black fungus is known for its extremely high iron content and is a popular remedy for relieving symptoms of anemia. It is rich in iron, protein, vitamins, and polysaccharides. The terpenoids in this fungus are thought to help allergy sufferers by preventing antigen activity.


The high polysaccharide content in these types of mushrooms has several medical benefits. It prevents inflammation, particularly in mucous tissue, and inhibits a key enzyme responsible for Alzheimer’s disease. 

Heart Health

Polysaccharides found in this type of fungus can lower blood cholesterol and triglycerides. They also inhibit platelet clumping, acting as an anticoagulant, which regulates blood viscosity and reduces the risk of heart disease or stroke. This fungus is used to provide relief from hypertension, blood clots, and thrombosis. 

Antioxidant Properties

Vitamin B2 in black fungus acts as a powerful antioxidant, protecting cells from free radicals and reducing the risk of chronic diseases. It also has a beneficial effect on physical stress and supports a healthy immune system.

Detoxify the Body

This fungus is a detoxifier often paired with foods that might have slight toxic qualities, to reduce the impact of pesticides or heavy metal residue. This type of fungus is thought to pull impurities from the lungs and digestive system, as well as counteract the effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

Weight Loss

The pectin and dietary fiber in this culinary fungus are thought to help prevent obesity and encourage weight loss by discouraging fat absorption.

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