Black fungus has a reputation in Chinese herbal medicine for increasing the fluidity of blood and improving circulation. These black ear fungus provide high protein and essential amino acids. Low in fat and high in fiber, they also provide vitamins which stimulate the immune system. Black fungus contains protein that is comparable to high quality animal protein. It is superior to vegetables and cereal proteins. Hence, it can substitute a vegetarian diet with a valuable source of high quality proteins. It also contains carotene, Vitamins B1 and B2. In addition, the mushrooms are high in mineral content, particularly phosphorus and potassium, iron and calcium. It is a very good blood tonic, containing 7 times as much iron as pig's liver. It also possesses powerful inhibitions to the agglutinating tendency of blood platelets and helps to lower the level of blood lipids, including blood cholesterol.
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