Medicinal mushrooms are specific groups of fungi containing bioactive compounds that have been shown to have health-enhancing effects in the body. Most of these mushrooms have a long history of use in traditional medicine, particularly in Asia where Traditional Chinese Medicine has utilized fungi in preventative and therapeutic medicine for over 3000 years.
Today, the beneficial properties of compounds produced by medicinal mushrooms continues to be substantiated by modern science. They naturally produce a myriad of compounds that are capable of modulating our physiological processes.
Medicinal 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.
Medicinal 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 medicinal mushrooms display antioxidant, anticancer, antimicrobial (viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic), anti-diabetic, anti-hypercholesterolemic, adaptogenic, hepatoprotective, and neuroprotective properties.
Adaptogens are herbs, plants and mushrooms that help regulate the body's stress response. Research suggests that adaptogens work at a cellular level and have the ability to regulate 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 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, beet-based ethanol and 70% spring water. The extraction process pulls out the beta-glucans, triterpenoids among many other beneficial compounds from the mushrooms. The resulting liquid is purified and, in the case of 11:11, blended to make our super-potent tincture formula.
Yes, we invite you to please re-use our bottles. Once you are done your bottle, remove the top bamboo lid, pull 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.
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!
The change will be subtle and varies depending on the person. Some people experience an increase in immune function after just two weeks of consistent use, as exampled by a shortened cold duration, or not getting sick during the season at all. 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.
Yes! We are working on getting certification through USDA Organic. Unfortunately Canadian Organic regulations do not allow natural health products to have the certification.
We use 30% organic GMO-free, beet-based ethanol and 70% spring water for the dual extraction process of the medicinal compounds from the mushrooms. The alcohol is important in order to extract alcohol soluble compounds such as triterpenoids that are not extracted through water alone. We are working on creating glycerin based non-alcoholic extracts for those who choose to avoid alcohol.
There is currently not enough research available to conclude mushroom extracts are safe or not safe to ingest by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Our 11:11 tincture is made with 30% alcohol, and so that is something to keep in mind. 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 medicinal 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 severe health conditions and concerns, we suggest consulting your holistic healthcare practitioner 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 medicinal mushrooms contained in Rainbo products since these fungi are genetically distinct from yeasts and molds. In fact, the immune boosting effects of medicinal mushrooms may even help fight against the intolerance. 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 medicinal 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 medicinal mushrooms may help boost the immune system as well as provide prebiotics important for supporting beneficial microbes to help restore balance. There are some studies showing that certain medicinal mushroom extracts, such as Reishi (G. lucidum), have specific anti-fungal properties against candida species. If candidiasis occurs or persists, please consult a healthcare professional about your individual situation.
No! We are working with medicinal mushrooms that have a long history of use for health benefits in Traditional Chinese Medicine 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.
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!
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.
11:11 is a blend of 11 different medicinal mushrooms. Each mushroom has their own health benefits however when they are combined together we believe that they act synergistically with each other to greater enhance the beneficial effects. 11:11 contains smaller doses of each mushroom than is found in our individual mushroom tinctures.
Our Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, and Lion's mane 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 starting off with one product at the recommended dosage so you can get a feel of how each mushroom (or blend) affects your body. After that you can increase the dosage and create combinations to see what works best for you.
Our mushroom extract is created from fruiting body mushrooms – the most actively dense part of the mushrooms containing the beneficial medicinal 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 medicinal potential.
Our mushrooms are cultivated sustainably. 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 grow, however we can harvest local chaga from our Canadian forests. We use sustainable harvesting practices, ensuring only to remove chunks of the fungus so that it will continue to propagate and also does not 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 anti-oxidant properties in studies.
Please shake your tincture bottle before use to evenly distribute the medicinal components.
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Orders are processed within 1-4 business days (we do not ship on weekends or holidays). Orders placed after noon EST on Friday and over the weekend will be processed within 1-4 days from the following Monday. We will always email you an order confirmation with tracking information. Please note all prices are in USD.
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