Is This the Secret to Unlock Your Mental Peak?
From facilitating physical longevity to unlocking the secret to
unimpeded mental genius; mankind has always been fascinated with extracting the
absolute maximum from the human body. From traveling far and wide to spending
hundreds of millions; we haven’t left any stone unturned in our quest to
discover the next frontier in human health and performance.
Our primary topic of discussion today is mental performance and
supplement category that has gained quite a bit of traction in the recent past
within the mental and cognitive health space.
Within this article, we will try and
understand what Nootropics are, how they function and how to best utilize them.
We will also thoroughly review a well-know nootropic called, Qualia
Moreover, we will also
examine how it stacks up in comparison to other well-known nootropics.
What are Nootropics
& How do They Work?
Wikipedia defines nootropics as “drugs, supplements, and other
substances that may improve cognitive function, particularly executive
functions, memory, creativity, or motivation, in healthy individuals.”
In other words, it’s a supplement category meant to help you
supercharge and extract a few extra ounces from your brain. You may come across
several other terms describing nootropics; such as “smart drug,” “brain booster,”
or “memory-enhancing drug”.
Nootropics mainly work by affecting several core aspects of brain function.
- Brain energy: Our brain accounts for about 20% of the total energy our body
uses. Age and daily stress can impact our body’s ability to transport the
required energy to our brain. Nootropics can facilitate a more efficient
nutrient and oxygen transportation to our brain thus improving cognitive
- Cerebral blood flow: It is essentially the blood flow to our brain. It can weaken with
age thus affecting our neural health negatively. Nootropics facilitate robust
blood flow to our brain by preventing oxidative stress i.e. they help maintain
a balance between free radicals and antioxidants.
What Is Qualia Mind and
why are People Clamouring for it?
- Neuroprotection: Nootropics enhance our neural health by blunting harmful
neurotoxins and by helping us cope better with stress
Qualia Mind is a nootropic stack manufactured
by a relatively new company called Neurohacker Collective.
They are about 4 years old and focus mainly on the psycho-affective category.
Judging from Qualia Mind customer reviews,
it seems to have gained quite a bit of acceptance among people looking for a
boost their neural health and performance. Qualia Mind promises to bring about
a marked improvement in concentration and focus. It claims to facilitate better
nutrient delivery to our brain thus improving its energy output.
Moreover, it seems to be popular because of
its ability to facilitate a robust creative process and preventing “brain fog”
i.e. it may help you think clearer.
Following are some of the core ingredients
from Qualia’s mix:
- L-Theanine: It is essentially an amino acid that’s found in green and black
tea. It is known to facilitate improved focus and memory and also facilitates a
robust physical response to stress. It does so by regulating certain neural
chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine; they also impact cortisol levels, thus
assisting our body to better cope with stress.
- Alpha-GPC: Alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine
or Alpha-GPC is known to bring about a marked improvement in key cognitive
functions such as information retention, learning, and memory. Alpha-GPC works
by facilitating an increased synthesis of a neural chemical known as acetylcholine,
which is known to play an important role in memory and learning functions.
Alpha GPC has also
been quite popular among active people as it is known to facilitate an increased
muscular output thus improving physical performance. Here’s a 2015 study
that examines Alpha-GPC’s positive impact on cognitive function and physical
performance among healthy individuals
- Choline: Myelin is a mixture of fats and proteins that are critical for efficient neuron transmission
thus helping our intelligence and IQ. CDP choline helps with regeneration and
strengthening of myelin, as shown by this 2015 study.
Choline also helps
with restoring acetylcholine levels. Acetylcholine is an important chemical
that plays a critical role in healthy neural transmission. Shortage of acetylcholine
has shown to impact our cognitive ability negatively such as our memory and
attention span as shown by this study
- Mucuna Pruriens Extract: Mucuna Pruriens, is essentially a bean which is quite rich in L-DOPA.
L-DOPA, an amino acid, plays an important role in facilitating the synthesis of
adrenaline, noradrenaline, and dopamine. Especially dopamine is known to
positively impact our cognitive and learning ability. Considering its role in
facilitating mood regulation neurotransmitters, it shouldn’t come as a surprise
that it also helps in keeping stress at bay. Here’s a 2010 study that proves
it. Moreover, mucuna pruriens plays a role in keeping free radicals in check
and minimizing oxidative damage to our brain.
- Phosphatidylserine: At its core, phosphatidylserine is a compound that is a cocktail
of amino acids and fatty acids. It has shown to provide several important
benefits for long-term cognitive health; especially for seniors. Research has
shown that phosphatidylserine can help curtail age-related cognitive
degeneration. Here’s a 1992
study that shows that phosphatidylserine can bring an improvement in
Alzheimer’s disease symptoms.
has also shown its ability to keep depression at bay. Here’s a 1990 study
how phosphatidylserine can help improve depressive disorder symptoms.
Qualia’s parent firm, Neurohacker
Collective recommends taking 7 capsules with water in the morning before your
first meal of the day. Although you must note that it may cause an upset
stomach in some people, in which case, it should be taken with breakfast. We
strongly recommend not exceeding the recommended dose.
Following are some of the reported Qualia side effects:
- Excessive energy: To be honest taking 7 pills at a time is indeed a high dose and
this for some people may translate into excessive energy spurts such as
unexpected jitteriness, in which case it is best to reduce your dosage.
- Headaches: It has been reported that some people may experience mild headaches
after taking Qualia.
- Sleep disturbances: It should be noted that each serving of Qaulai comes in with a
noticeable concentration of caffeine at about 200 mg per serving. So it’s best
that you avoid taking Qualia anytime time other than the morning to avoid
- Nausea: As explained earlier, taking it on an empty stomach may cause an upset
stomach along with bouts of nausea. If that happens, take it with your
breakfast and also consider taking a smaller dose than recommended. These
symptoms usually subside as your body gets used to Qualia.
- Increased heart rate: We explained in our ingredient analysis that Qualia has certain
ingredients that facilitate the release of dopamine and adrenaline. These
stimulants can lead to an increased heart rate for some people.
- Tightness or soreness: Some people have reported feeling a bit of muscular soreness while
taking Qualia. This also subsides as your body gets used to it.
It is important to note that you should not
be taking Qualia in case you have high blood pressure, any neurological
conditions, endocrine disorders, cancer, phenylketonuria it muscular dystrophy.
Also, it should not be taken during pregnancy.
Comparison With Other
Within the following section, you will find
a comparison between Qualia and some of the best
brain supplements for adults, currently available:
vs. Adderall: Now we all know that Qualia is
specifically categorized as a nootropic and doesn’t have a prescription
requirement to take it. However, there are some stark differences when we
compare it with Adderall.
Adderall, on the
other hand, is available only by prescription and is used mainly as medication
to treat 2 conditions i.e. attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – o condition characterized by the
inability to remain still and attention disorder. Narcolepsy is the other
condition that requires Adderall. Narcoleptics find it hard to stay awake
during the day.
At its core,
Adderall is a cocktail of two stimulants, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.
Their main function is to facilitate an increase in function of our central
nervous system; this enables to control the symptoms of the above conditions.
that’s only half the picture; Adderall has gained quite a bit of notoriety for
its widespread abuse, especially among students in pursuit of decent grades. It
has been known to help in improved information retention and facilitating better
Adderall often push the dosage limits for enhanced results, which can increase
the likelihood of addiction – a fact very strongly stressed by medical
professional and institutions such as Mayo Clinic.
vs. Alpha Brain: Now this presents a more even
comparison as both Qualia and Alpha Brain are brain supplements that offer more
or less the same benefits such as the ability to improve memory, focus, and
processing speed in healthy adults
However, there are
some key differences that do set apart them apart. To start off, Alpha Brain
relies on a proprietary blend i.e. it does not share its entire chemical
profile, which makes it very difficult to gauge its quality and potency. Your
only bet in this regard is to rely on customer reviews.
When it comes to
potency, Qualia is indeed the one that stands out. To start off, Qualia boasts
of an ingredient profile that is 40 strong, while Alpha Mind carries a limited
ingredient profile compared with Qualia. Moreover, Qualia delivers a higher
concentration of each of its ingredients than does Alpha Mind.
Another factor to
consider is per serving price of these supplements. Alpha Mind comes on top
with a much lower per serving price that’s under $3. Qualia, on the other hand,
has a much higher per serving price, which is over $6. However, it shouldn’t be
hard to justify considering Qualia’s superior ingredient profile and
vs. Mind Lab Pro: Again Qualia stands out here
with a much denser ingredient profile. Mind Lab Pro comes in with an ingredient
profile that is barely one-fourth of Qualia’s; about 11 ingredients. However,
it would be a mistake to conclude that a smaller chemical profile makes it
There are some
clear factors that work in Mind Lad Pro’s favor. Mind Lab Pro markets itself as
a brain supplement, which carries an ingredient mix that is free of unnecessary
fillers such as starch and claims to be 100% natural.
thing to notice is that quite a few brain supplements rely on caffeine to
enhance their potency and shorten the time it takes to kick in. And Qualia is
no different; you’ll see Qualia comes in with about 200mg of caffeine per
serving. Mind Lab Pro, however, claims to provide the same benefits without
leaning on caffeine, which eliminates common side effects associated with
caffeine such as jitteriness.
Also, unlike some
other brain supplements, Mind Lab Pro isn’t shy about sharing the precise
ingredient quantity. However, if you want something that zaps your mind fairly
immediately then Qualia is the clear winner as Mind Lab Pro takes quite a bit
longer to take effect.
vs. Modafinil: Modafinil is quite similar to
Adderall in terms of its intended use than it is to Qualia. It’s a medication
mainly prescribed to treat narcolepsy and sleep apnea – a condition where our
breathing starts and stops sporadically while we sleep.
Although it’s not
meant to be used as an OTC brain supplement, however, as with Adderall,
students and executives are known to take Modafinil to improve grades and
productivity. Granted, Modafinil isn’t as potent as Adderall; it is still risky
and carries the potential for abuse and addiction.
you’re looking for a sustainable, effective and a safe way to improve cognitive
function, then Qualia is indeed a much superior choice.
Qualia is a clear example of how far the nootropics or “smart drugs”
category has evolved. Qualia is a potent blend of powerful stimulants, which do
indeed provide noticeable cognitive benefits. However, we strongly recommend
talking to your doctor before taking any supplement and do not exceed the
recommended dosage under any circumstances.