What Is Live Cell Research QL-5?

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff Published on: May 23, 2017

Called an energy activator by the company, Live Cell Research QL-5 is a four-ingredient powdered dietary supplement that promises to reduce stress and boost energy, without sugar or caffeine.

Specifically, the company tells us that QL-5’s ingredients have been shown to reduce cortisol (known as the ‘stress hormone’), which can also be associated with decreased energy, fatigue, brain fog, aches and pains, reduced sleep quality, and even weight gain.

Just add one scoop of the supplement to eight ounces of water and mix until dissolved. It features a lemon-iced tea flavor, can be taken with food or on an empty stomach, and promises to work for anybody after a few months of continued use.

While the market’s flooded with energy products, they often contain caffeine and other stimulants that can lead to crashing. But at just 10 calories per serving, can you expect QL-5’s formula to provide a meaningful amount of clean, stimulant-free energy?

And will it help you take an “important first step toward the healthy lifestyle you deserve?” Let’s build a foundation for some answers by first taking a look at the basics.

What Causes Stress & Fatigue?

Since Live Cell Research centers most of their claims about QL-5 around stress and fatigue, let’s talk more about each here.

The Basics About Stress

We all know what causes stress (money problems, a looming deadline at work, the passing of a loved one, etc.) and what it feels like (rapid heartbeat, tense muscles, frantic thoughts, insomnia, and so forth), but what’s going on from a physical perspective?

When stressed, your brain signals the body to release adrenaline and cortisol, which is then delivered all over the body via the bloodstream. This increases heart rate and blood pressure, boosts oxygen flow, increases blood sugar, causes inflammatory markers to rise, and increases overall wear and tear on the cardiovascular system.

In a Health.com article, Richard Shelton, MD, vice chair for research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, notes that infrequent, short-term stress can actually be beneficial by boosting immune response, increasing brainpower and resiliency, improving motivation, and even enhancing child development (such as when parenting).

However, when this stress is ongoing (or chronic), it can lead to health consequences like headache, chest pain, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, depression, and lack of motivation.

Will any of QL-5’s ingredients provide relief from stress and from experiencing some of these potential side effects? Before we get there, let’s quickly address the fatigue part of the equation.

The Bottom Line About Fatigue

Compared to stress, fatigue—extreme tiredness—is more of a side effect of another condition than it is a cause.

As we just discussed, chronic stress can result in fatigue, as can poor circulation and blood flow, medical conditions like diabetes and congestive heart failure, diseases such as HIV and flu, medications for depression and anxiety, along with psychiatric concerns such as grief and bereavement.

With such a wide variety of causes and potential health consequences, this is why it’s so important to speak with your physician if you’re experiencing chronic stress or fatigue.

What Ingredients Did Live Cell Research Include In QL-5?

According to the label listed on the supplement’s website, here are QL-5’s nutrition and ingredient details:

  • Calories - 10
  • Total Carbohydrate - 2g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1g
  • Vitamin D - 2,000IU
  • Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) - 500mg
  • Sensoril Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) root and leaf extract - 250mg
  • Toothed Clubmoss Extract (whole plant) (Huperzia serrata) (25mcg of huperzine A) - 2.5mg

Other ingredients include guar gum, natural flavors, citric acid, black tea leaf, stevia blend (stevia glycosides and rebaudioside A), and silica.

As we discuss in Do You Need to Take Vitamins or Dietary Supplements, vitamin D (the first listed ingredient in QL-5) is an essential vitamin for health. So, if you’re deficient, it can lead to side effects like fatigue (one of the issues mentioned on the QL-5 website), increased osteoarthritis pain, muscle pain, and a heaviness in the legs.

Outside of deficiencies, according to their summarizations of the available clinical evidence, sites like the Natural Medicines Database and WebMD indicate that vitamin D may also be helpful for addressing osteoporosis, bone softening, psoriasis, and rickets—but not anything related to energy or stress for otherwise healthy individuals.

The only other ingredient we encountered that boasted clinical support for any of Live Cell Research’s claims was ashwagandha. It has one study conducted on a specific extract (KSM-66) showing that 600mg daily for 60 days improved symptoms of perceived stress by 44%; reduced stress, anxiety, and depression by 72.3% to 71.6%, and decreased serum cortisol levels 27.9%. However, this didn’t appear to be the case with QL-5’s Sensoril ashwagandha.

Furthermore, at just 250mg per dose, study participants took more than twice the ashwagandha present in Live Cell Research’s QL-5.

Other than these two specific instances, though, the authoritative sites above indicated there’s insufficient clinical evidence that any of QL-5’s remaining ingredients can support the manufacturer’s other claims, including meaningfully increasing energy, reducing stress or cortisol levels, getting rid of fatigue, or addressing weight gain.

Will QL-5’s Ingredients Cause Any Side Effects?

According to the Live Cell Research website, QL-5 is tested by an independent laboratory for safety, purity and potency, and that:

“Ashwagandha, Huperzine A, Lion’s Mane, and Vitamin D are all naturally occurring nutrients found both in both food products and your own body. As such, QL-5 is safe to use and produces no known side-effects.”

However, they note that QL-5 shouldn’t be consumed by those who are pregnant or who are thinking about becoming pregnant. In either instance, you’ll want to consult with your physician in advance.

There usually aren’t side effects reported with vitamin D, unless you take too much.

With this in mind, at 2,000 IU per serving, QL-5 delivers more than 3X the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin D. The upper safe limit is listed at 4,000 IU per day for adults, so keep this in mind if you’re getting a lot of sun or taking any other multivitamins along with QL-5.

Finally, in some instances, ashwagandha can have a moderate interaction with immunosuppressant and sedative medications.

See Also: Can Dietary Supplements Cause Dangerous Side Effects?

How Much Does QL-5 Cost?

The more QL-5 you purchase, the lower your per-bottle price will be:

  • 1 Bottle (3.81 oz, 30-day supply): $46.99
  • 3 Bottles: $117
  • 6 Bottles: $216 (Note: If purchased through their Energy Activators website, the price was slightly lower at $214)

With the single bottle option, you’ll pay an addition $3.95 S&H, which is free on all other options.

All quantities come with a 90-day money back guarantee, less S&H, which you can request by reaching out to Live Cell Research’s customer service department at (844)-650-5933 or support@livecellresearch.com.

What Are Customers Saying In Their QL-5 Reviews?

As is often the case, QL-5 was too new at the time of our research for any online customer feedback. However, the HighYa team has investigated many of Live Cell Research’s other popular supplements, including LA-3, Vital Stem, Niagen, and Cerastim.

Overall, among hundreds of readers, these products came with an overall rating of about fours stars, with common compliments referencing effective results (boosted energy, improved overall health, etc.) and solid value for the price.

On the other hand, many complaints seemed related to no results and less-than-stellar support experiences, so your mileage may vary. Whenever a complaint appeared, though, the company seemed to respond quickly in an effort to resolve the situation.

On the Better Business Bureau’s website, Culver City, CA-based Live Cell Research had an A+ rating and six closed complaints as of 5/22/17. No details we available.

Does QL-5 by Live Cell Research Have Any Competition?

Searching online for terms like “stress supplement” and “energy supplement,” it’s easy to see that QL-5 is up against hundreds—perhaps even thousands—of third-party non-stimulant energy and anti-stress supplements. Many of these ranged anywhere between $10 and $50+, putting QL-5 on the upper end of the spectrum.

How to choose the right one for you?

According to WebMD, perhaps the most clinically effective ingredients for:

  • Reducing stress include grape and lemon balm;
  • Reducing anxiety include ginkgo, German chamomile, kava, lavender, melatonin, and passionflower;
  • Caffeine, guarana, vitamin B12, and CoQ10 for energy; and
  • Ginkgo and Panax ginseng for fatigue and a brain boost.

Only one of these is included in QL-5's formulation (the natural huperzine A content found in Chinese club moss). But what does this mean when it comes down to it?

Our Final Thoughts About QL-5 From Live Cell Research

Each of our bodies is different, so what works well for one person (or in a single clinical study) won't always deliver the same results for someone else.

But, while we didn’t encounter any online reviews specifically for QL-5, based on Live Cell Research’s mostly positive feedback, it seems that customers are pleased with many of their other supplements.

Obviously, this doesn’t mean the same holds true for QL-5—but if it doesn’t, the company stands behind it with a 90-day refund policy. Just keep in mind that you’ll lose your initial S&H charges if you order the single bottle option, and that you’ll have to pay to ship the bottle(s) back to the manufacturer.

As recommended by Live Cell Research, though, you’ll definitely want to speak with your doctor about any chronic stress or fatigue you’re experiencing before taking QL-5. From there, they might be able to recommend options based on your specific diagnosis.

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13 Customer Reviews for Live Cell Research QL-5

Average Customer Rating: 4.1
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Bottom Line: 92% would recommend it to a friend
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  • My results using QL-5

    When I use QL-5 in my water when I exercise, I have been able to go at the very least an hour longer than usual. This translates into approximately two and a half hours of exercise when I ride my bike or get on my elliptical cross trainer without any fatigue afterward. Before I started using the QL-5, it was very hard for me to exercise for just one hour without wanting to STOP! It would be very hard for me to keep on exercising without my Live Cell products!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • QL-5

    • Michigan,
    • Jun 21, 2017
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    QL-5 gave me the energy I was lacking to get through my normal 10 hour days and my 55 hour work weeks. I don't think my production would have been even close to what it has been with QL-5. I would highly recommend everyone give it a try; it works wonders!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • QL-5 weight loss

    • Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia,
    • Jun 19, 2017
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    I have found this product has helped me lose about 5kg of body weight in three months, through reducing the urge to eat. 5kg may not sound like a lot, however, I was only about 8kg above my football playing weight, so it is over half of the excess which I was carrying. It has also increased my energy levels and stamina.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Is better than what I thought

    Based upon my experience with some of the other products that you sell, I can honestly say I never experienced the results other people claimed to get. I thought that this one wouldn't work as well. I figured I could always get a refund if it didn't.

    Surprisingly I felt this product did curb my appetite a little. Not that I felt like I had more energy but did feel more alert. Maybe that is what it's like to have more energy. I didn't have the jitters like other caffeine type weight loss supplements, or like taking an amphetamine drug. Although I did expect that from this product. I just felt pretty good. I did find myself having to drop a duce more often but not like when I took Xenical. That stuff scares me! That stuff turns you into the Energizer bunny. You keep going and going.. You get the idea, and when you least expect it, like in the middle of Sunday service! My little woman thought I was just looking for an excuse to get out of hearing what the preacher man had to say. Well that is true, I'm not much of a mambo jumbo man, but I digress.

    I think you may have something here that will work. Thanks a million!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Not to sure but think it is helping

    • Canyon Lake, Texas,
    • Jun 19, 2017
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    I mix the QL-5 with another energy drink called Vital Reds put out by Gundry MD. It seems to be working as on days I forget to take it I don't feel as energetic. I plan on staying with it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Jun 21, 2017

      Live Cell Research Rep, Customer Relations Manager

      Hi Mary, Aurora here with Live Cell Research. I am happy to hear that you are loving QL-5 so far! We always recommend speaking to your primary physician when mixing multiple supplements together to ensure they will not have any type of interaction. Please feel free to email me at aurora@livecellresearch.com with any updates you may have on your progress with QL-5. I would love to hear about your journey! Thank you Mary, I look forward to hearing from you.

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  • Pretty tasty

    • United Kingdom,
    • Jun 19, 2017
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    It is pretty tasty, and it feels like a low-frequency hum of a light energy lift, which is definitely discernable over a period of hours, without the heavy ups and downs of coffee. Although I am not sure of it is long term or "big picture" health benefits. I keep reaching for it on a daily basis, and it is not left in the cupboard, so pretty good on the whole.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • QL-5

    It was easy to take, and I felt better and energized throughout the day after they sent me a free trial period sample. I will definitely order it again after 15 days if I feel different from what I feel now.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Improvement noticeable - can't give credit to one factor.

    • Boynton Beach, FL,
    • Jun 15, 2017
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    I am taking a number of their products - Niagen, Midogen, LA-3, QL-5, Cerastim, Vital Stem capsules, and Adult Probiotic. I also take a number of vitamins and minerals. I give much of the credit to their products because I was taking the other supplements for many years before I started taking these ones.

    The main improvement for me has been the decrease in forgetting names and places. I'm 79, so I don't expect my memory to be as good as it was up to my 50's or 60's, but it is better than it has been for several years. I have been able to get through my days with very limited use of Google. I have been going to the gym for over ten years and still get there 5-6 times a week. I meet with a small group for a walk and talk in local parks, and I have not had to resort to walk OR talk yet, so I'm happy with the products. I haven't seen the weight loss I was expecting, but I'm not gaining.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • QL-5

    • Sapulpa, OK,
    • Jun 15, 2017
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    I have combined the QL-5 with Apple Cider Vinegar and increased my daily walking. I feel it has helped me lose 25 lbs since November 2016, as well as increasing my energy. I would recommend this product.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Clarity

    Such great clarity in my thought process. I am feeling alert and energized in the mornings, ready to go into the office and help clients make the right moves to purchase their largest investment, a home. The amount of energy I have makes me feel like I am 30 years old. I'm 62. It has also staved off some of the hunger cravings and is helping me to lower my weight. Great product!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Great

    • Elgin, New Brunswick, Eastern Canada,
    • Jun 15, 2017
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    Just all around great all together. Improved energy, improved sexual performance, and increased sperm volume. I said it all. I do not notice any improvement in memory or any decrease in my appetite. I was hoping for some memory improvement, but it did not happen.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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