Are there vegetables that have the tastes and textures of meat and fish? According to Chinese nutritional therapists there are. One of the more renowned is Chinese Black Fungus which is used as a dietary supplement. It is endowed with vital nutrients that can boost the overall health and fitness of a person. Chinese Black Fungus needs to be washed before it’s used and is usually bought in dried packaged form.

As a Diet Aid

In the fight against weight gain and obesity, Black Fungus can be an important ally. It is a very low caloric food and when boiled has a meat-like taste and texture which makes it especially satisfying. Black Fungus has valuable nutritional contents. It is usually integrated with other dishes in order to ‘enrich’ these dishes, and bulk them up for slimming purposes.

You can buy Black Fungus in Chinese supermarkets and stores. Wash and soak it thoroughly before use.

As a Health Supplement

Western medical science has discovered Black Fungus to help enrich blood and prevent the rise of iron deficiency anemia. It is also known to help modulate blood viscosity by preventing platelet aggregation which leads to low blood-viscosity levels. In TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine, Black Fungus is used to treat high blood pressure, hemorrhoids, uterine bleeding, anemia, and coronary heart disease. It can be also used to prevent cancer and significantly relieve its symptoms.

Black Fungus is an inexpensive and commonly used food in Chinese cuisine. Because it is full of nutrients like vitamins, fat, protein, iron, and polysaccharides as well as essential trace elements like manganese, selenium, and potassium, all which are essential to the long-term health of the body, Chinese medicine practitioners have been using it as medicinal food for millennia.

The flavor of Black Fungus is bittersweet. It has a meat-like texture and is added to dishes mainly to boost the flavors of the main ingredients.

As a ‘Fat Buster’

Serious dieters can complement their consumption of Black Fungus by drinking Bojenmi Tea or Green tea and other proven Chinese nutrition, weight-loss, and slimming aids.

Green tea benefits your health by promoting digestion, and stimulating the heart. Drinking green tea can help detoxify the body, facilitate weight loss, and promote the metabolism of fat.

People suffering from anemia (including women who lose a lot of during menstruation) should not drink Green Tea as it somewhat prevents the body from assimilating iron. To resolve iron deficiencies, they are encouraged to drink Bojenmi Tea instead.

Bojenmi literally means health maintenance and is known to help lose weight and encourage slimming. It is based on an ancient Ming Dynasty treatment and is made up of a dozen medicinal herbs. Bojenmi tea has a pleasant taste and is a mild laxative. It can help lower cholesterol levels and promote digestion.


Both Green and Bojenmi teas can help cleanse fatty deposits off the internal systems of the body. Green Tea is very inexpensive and it is so efficient in removing fat that Chinese restaurants use it to remove grease from tables.

You can purchase Black Fungus, Green Tea and Bojenmi Tea in Chinese stores and supermarkets. They all possess longevity-inducing, detoxifying, and internal cleansing qualities especially when they’re combined with fitness, health, anti-aging, and dietary regimes.

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