Functional mushrooms are specific groups of fungi containing bioactive compounds that have been shown to have health-supporting effects in the body. Most of these mushrooms have a long history of traditional use, particularly in Asia where traditional Chinese herbalists and TCM has utilized fungi in prevention and health for over 3000 years.
Today, the beneficial properties of compounds produced by mushrooms continues to be substantiated by modern science. They naturally produce a myriad of compounds that are capable of modulating our physiological processes.
Functional mushrooms contain polysaccharides called beta-glucans. Beta-glucans have been shown to directly activate receptors in our small intestine and act as immunomodulators, meaning that these compounds interact with the immune system to upregulate or downregulate our immune response.
Functional mushrooms are also packed with triterpenes, phenols, sterols, statins, indole compounds, and enzymes. Mushrooms are also high in amino acids, nicotinic acid, riboflavin, vitamins B, C, and K, and pantothenic acid. Some medicinal mushrooms are also adaptogens.
In addition to their immunomodulating capacity mushrooms display antioxidant, adaptogenic, hepatoprotective, and neuroprotective properties.
Adaptogens are herbs, plants and mushrooms that help maintain the body's stress response. Research suggests that adaptogens work at a cellular level and have the ability to balance our stress hormones either up or down, helping the body reach equilibrium. Adaptogens have the ability to provide resilience and revitalization to the body improving integrity and helping fight against stress and fatigue. They work over long periods of time.
Mushrooms are a functional food and can be consumed daily. We recommend 4-8ml (1 half-full dropper = 1 ml) on a consistent basis to experience results. Of course, as mushroom supplementation is personal and subjective, you may choose to take more or less depending on your preference at the moment.
Mushrooms have cell walls made out of something called chitin. As humans lack the enzyme necessary to break down chitin, the beneficial compounds found in these mushrooms are not readily bioavailable for absorption in the body. An extraction process is necessary in order to break down the chitin and to get access to these compounds. The most beneficial compounds in mushrooms are primarily water-soluble (such as beta-glucans) or alcohol-soluble (such as triterpenoids), and therefore all Rainbo mushroom extracts are made from a dual-extraction using 30% organic GMO-free cane alcohol and 70% spring water. The extraction process pulls out the beta-glucans, triterpenoids among many other beneficial compounds from the mushrooms.
Yes! Both the Tincture bottles and Forest Juice bottles are recyclable. Here are the steps:
Step one: Make sure your tincture is empty!
Step two: Rinse it out with warm soap and water
Step three: Place it in your home recycling bin or reuse it to your liking.
For Forest Juice:
Step one: make sure your Forest Juice is empty!
Step two: Rinse it out as best you can (sometimes glass bottles with remaining contents won’t get recycled).
Step three: Place it in your home recycling bin or reuse it as a kitchen or household item!
Yes, we invite you to please re-use our bottles. Once you are done your bottle, we recommend cleaning it by removing the top bamboo lid, pulling off the glass pipette by wiggling the glass piece down from the bamboo. Place only the white bottle and glass pipette in hot water. Since our labels are made out of paper only the labels should peel off easily after sitting in hot water for 5 minutes. Rinse the glass pipette and bamboo lid. Don't let the bamboo lid soak in water as it's real wood.
Reuse as vase, to store remedies, chlorophyll, bitters, etc.! :)
The change can be subtle and varies depending on the person. Some people experience immune system support and feels of general wellness and more energy after just two weeks of consistent use. It is important to understand that mushrooms work as adaptogens, and the benefits of adaptogens are seen through prolonged and consistent use to increase the body's resilience.
We suggest taking all of our mushroom tinctures in the morning with your routine of matcha, coffee, tea, water, supplements, smoothie etc. We like to dose ourselves before our day begins so that we can utilize the power of these super-mushrooms.
Some people prefer to take mushrooms in the evening - for example, to take advantage of the calming effects of Reishi before an evening wind-down.
Some people prefer to take mushrooms before exercising - for example, to take advantage of the energizing effects of Cordyceps.
Whenever and wherever mushrooms fit into your schedule - there really is no wrong time to take mushrooms!
Adding our tinctures to hot tea or coffee isn't a problem. Our mushroom extraction process involves high temperatures and simmering for prolonged periods of time so our final mushroom products are not influenced by beverage temperature.
Regarding apple cider vinegar (ACV) or acidic liquids, we’ve never read about counter-indications and in fact some herbalism traditions actually extract mushrooms in vinegar solvents! Vinegar is a less potent solvent to extract mushrooms/herbs than alcohol but it can be done.
If you are using our tinctures in a salad dressing that contains ACV we don’t see any issues.
Our mushrooms are grown to organic standards and our alcohol-based tinctures all contain Certified Organic, USP, Non-GMO Project Verified, Pharma grade, conflict-free alcohol.
We are working on getting certification through USDA Organic. Unfortunately Canadian Organic regulations do not allow natural health products to have the certification.
Some of the mushrooms we use in our products are grown on oats that come directly from the Canadian growers association and are not processed in the same facilities as other grains, and therefore there shouldn't be any gluten contamination. That being said, they have not been gluten-free certified.
We have yet to have any issues reported to us by Rainbo users with gluten-allergies!
We use 30% Organic, GMO-free, cane ethanol and 70% spring water in the dual extraction of the mushroom compounds. The alcohol is important in order to extract alcohol soluble compounds such as triterpenoids that are not extracted through water alone. We have an alcohol free glycerin based 11:11 and Turkey Tail for those who do not consume alcohol.
There is currently not enough research available to conclude mushroom extracts are safe or not safe to ingest by pregnant or breastfeeding women. We suggest you consult your healthcare practitioner or doctor. Our tinctures are made with 30% alcohol and so that is something to keep in mind. Check out our glycerine-based 11:11 and Turkey Tail for alcohol-free tincture options.
Ultimately we cannot legally provide you with this medical advice and recommend you reach out to your healthcare practitioner.
Our products are designed for adults. There is currently not enough research available to safely conclude mushroom extracts are safe to ingest by children, so we advise against it. However including cooked culinary mushrooms into your child's diet is a great place to start.
We cannot legally provide you with this medical advice and recommend you reach out to your healthcare practitioner. We suggest caution in using any mushroom product if you are on blood thinning medication. Please reach out to your healthcare practitioner.
We are not legally able to provide you with medical advice and our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. If you have health conditions and concerns, we suggest consulting your holistic healthcare practitioner and/or functional doctor for diagnosis and treatment options.
Yes. If you have a sensitivity to yeast-like fungi, you shouldn't have a problem with the intake of the functional mushrooms contained in Rainbo products since these fungi are genetically distinct from yeasts and molds. In fact, the immune supporting effects of functional mushrooms may prove to be beneficial. However, we always recommend consulting a healthcare professional about your individual situation and to stop taking Rainbo if any discomfort is experienced.
Likewise, if you have a candida infection it should be safe to take Rainbo products as there is no connection between functional mushroom intake and candidiasis. Candida is a yeast-like fungus that is found naturally inside the body and on the skin and normally lives in balance with bacteria and other microbes causing no problems. Infection occurs when the beneficial bacteria can't control a rising number of candida thus overgrowth and irritation occurs. This commonly occurs in the vagina and is called a yeast infection. Taking functional mushrooms may help support the immune system as well as provide prebiotics important for supporting beneficial microbes to help maintain balance. There are some studies showing that certain mushroom extracts, such as Reishi (G. lucidum), have specific properties against candida species (more research required). If candidiasis occurs or persists, please consult a healthcare professional about your individual situation.
No! We are working with functional mushrooms that have a long history of use for health benefits in Traditional Chinese Herbalism and that are backed by current science. None are hallucinogenic.
Yes! Each new batch of Rainbo mushrooms are sent to a third party laboratory to test for the presence of heavy metals, mycotoxins and microbial contamination to ensure the safety and quality of our products.
All of our tinctures have a shelf life of three years.
Our forest juice has a shelf life of 18 months.
Our tinctures are all made at a 1:5 ratio of mushroom material to liquid. This means that there is a 1g equivalent of dried mushroom extracted in every 5ml of tincture.
We recommend taking 4-8ml of our tinctures daily.
Our recommended dose range is based off of the functional doses seen in clinical studies.
We get lots of requests for glycerine-based tinctures from all sorts of folks: sober, religious, those with health-conditions, or people who just want an alcohol-free option.
The dose of mushrooms in a glycerine tincture is the same as an alcohol-based tincture. The mushrooms are still dually extracted by water and alcohol, however the alcohol is evaporated and glycerine is used to stabilize the extract. Thus, dosage remains the same, it's more palatable for some and the shelf life is 18 months.
Our glycerine is organic palm-free vegetable glycerin that is ethically and sustainably produced from flax seeds. It is vegan, pharmaceutical quality glycerine that meets USP standards. It has a very sweet taste with a syrupy consistency.
Glycerine/glycerol = 4.32 cal/g
Ethanol/alcohol = 7 cal/g
Mushroom extracts are often used in intermittent fasting regimens by biohackers who also choose to drink black coffee and tea at the start or during fasts. Those who prefer water only may also hold off on the mushroom extracts until they break fast. However, the amount of calories consumed is so small that it is insignificant.
Our recommended serving size of 4ml would equal 3.45cal from glycerine and 5.6cal from ethanol.
11:11 is a blend of 11 different functional mushrooms, each conferring their own health benefits. However when they are combined together we believe that they act synergistically with each other to further enhance the beneficial effects. Mushrooms are thought to work differently in teams than they do when they’re alone. 11:11 contains smaller doses of each mushroom than is found in our single mushroom tinctures.
Our Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion's mane and Turkey Tail tinctures contain higher doses of each individual mushroom and are great for targeting the specific goals that each respective mushroom is known to support.
Our mushroom tinctures can definitely be combined. In fact, we believe that mushrooms work better together!
We recommend taking our products in three ways:
1. Start with one tincture at the recommended dosage to determine its effects on your body.
2. Make tincture combinations based on your needs, for example:
Productivity = Lion's Mane & Cordyceps
Stress support = Reishi + Cordyceps
3. Consider rotating your tinctures daily based on your needs and goals.
Functional mushrooms have not been studied in regards to any effects on the efficacy of other supplements.
However there are no known contraindications with taking our tinctures, and they are safe to take with other supplements.
That said, as with any supplement, individual responses to mushrooms can and do vary. With this in mind, we always recommend any individual concerned about their supplement or health regime, reach out to their personal health care provider, who may better advise within the added context of each individuals' health history.
The new and improved Rainbo dropper do not have ml markings on the glass pipettes. To measure 1ml we recommend squeezing the top a few times before removing from the bottle. Your pipette should fill up to halfway. 1 half pipette = 1 ml !
Our apologies for the inconvenience!
First, we would recommend pumping the white tip/bulb a few times, it usually takes a few pumps to get the liquid to the halfway mark (1ml).
If it still isn't working, you can try taking it apart, cleaning it and then putting it back together. You can do this by pulling the glass pipette out of the tip. You'll need to wiggle it out. You then have to squeeze and push the white tip downward through the opening in the bamboo lid. You'll have to use some force and wiggle it (don't worry you won't break it!). You can then rinse the pieces. Any mushroom material stuck in the glass pipette can sometimes be removed with water and flushing it out with pressure. Once you rinse the pieces and let them dry, you can reassemble it by pulling the tip through the bottom of the bamboo lid. Pull it upwards until you feel a small click (you shouldn't have to pull too hard). Once the tip is in place, you can push the pipette into the tip until you feel a similar click.
If the pipette is still not working after this, we'd be happy to send you a replacement! Send us an email to email@example.com.
Our mushroom extracts are created from fruiting body mushrooms – the most actively dense part of the mushrooms containing the beneficial health compounds. The only mushroom we do not cultivate to fruiting body is agarikon, as this is an old growth mushroom and fruiting bodies can take decades to grow. For our 11:11 tincture, we harvest agarikon mycelium which has also been shown to hold health benefits.
Our Lion's Mane tincture is intentionally made from 90% fruiting body and 10% mycelium. It is the only mushroom where we include a portion of mycelial extract in the final tincture because the research shows that there are some beneficial medicinal compounds produced by the mycelium that are not produced by the fruiting body.
Evidence points towards the highest concentration of beneficial compounds being found in the fruiting body (mushroom) structure of the fungus. Most of our tinctures are made with 100% end stage fruiting body.
However, our Lion's Mane tincture is made from 90% fruiting body and 10% mycelium. It is the only mushroom where we include a portion of mycelial extract in the final tincture because the research shows that there are some beneficial medicinal compounds produced by the mycelium that are not produced by the fruiting body.
Our Chaga comes from Northern Canada. Sustainably wildcrafted by a network of foragers who use responsible harvesting practices, ensuring to only remove chunks of the fungus so that it will continue to propagate and doesn't' leave the tree it grows on defenceless.
Our mushrooms are cultivated and grown in Canada. The cultures are grown on oat grains, then propagated on a growing substrate. That substrate contains saw dust and spent organic coffee grounds, as these grounds contain carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, copper, zinc, gold and other trace minerals and nutritive elements. Our mushrooms are all grown and harvested at the fruiting body stage, aside from Agarikon. Agarikon is an old growth mushroom which would take decades to cultivate to fruiting body, for this reason we use agarikon at mycelium stage in our 11:11 extract.
Chaga also would take around 20 years to cultivate. Our Chaga comes from Northern Canada. Sustainably wildcrafted by a network of foragers who use responsible harvesting practices, ensuring to only remove chunks of the fungus so that it will continue to propagate and doesn't' leave the tree it grows on defenceless.
There may be some residue or suspended mushroom material in your tincture which is leftover from our extraction process that we choose to not filter out. This mushroom material contains fibre and dense minerals that may be activated by the body.
Our reishi tincture contains notably more residue as we add Ganoderma lucidum spores, which are lipid-rich and have been shown to have strong antioxidant properties in research studies.
Please shake your tincture bottle before use to evenly distribute the mushroom components.
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When you choose the subscription method, products are automatically delivered on your schedule (choose every 30, 60 or 90 days) and you receive a 15% discount on 11:11 and a 10% discount on the single mushroom tincture orders. This is the ideal option for the mushroom lover who is committed to receiving the full benefits obtained through long-term use.
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