Qualia Mind Review:

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 “nootropics”. Nootropics is a 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 Mind by Neurohacker Collective. 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.

  1. 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 function.     
  • 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.    
  • Neuroprotection: Nootropics enhance our neural health by blunting harmful neurotoxins and by helping us cope better with stress
What Is Qualia Mind and why are People Clamouring for it?

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.

Qualia Mind’s Ingredient Profile

Following are some of the core ingredients from Qualia’s mix:

  1. 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.
Phosphatidylserine has also shown its ability to keep depression at bay. Here’s a 1990 study that examines 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.    

Qualia Side Effects

Following are some of the reported Qualia side effects:

  1. 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. 
  2. Headaches: It has been reported that some people may experience mild headaches after taking Qualia.
  3. 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 restless nights.  
  4. 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.    
  5. 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. 
  6. 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 Nootropics

Within the following section, you will find a comparison between Qualia and some of the best brain supplements for adults, currently available:

  1. Qualia 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.  

Interestingly 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 concentration.

People taking 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. 

  • Qualia 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 potency. 

  • Qualia 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 ineffective.
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.

Another important 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.

  • Qualia 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.

Bottom-line; if 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.