About Qualia Mind

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Apr 18, 2018

Qualia Mind is a premium nootropic supplement that uses a synergistic blend of 28 compounds, neuro-vitamins, antioxidants, adaptogen extracts, amino acids, and choline donors to help increase focus, elevate energy, heighten willpower, and decrease procrastination.

Together, this is why the company advertises it as “advanced mental nutrition” that can deliver improved cognitive clarity and capacity, along with boosted creativity, emotional resilience, and flow states. On the flip side, giving your body the nutrients they need may also help prevent burnout, brain fog, and general mental exhaustion, and even support long-term brain health.

To achieve these benefits, the company recommends taking seven Qualia Mind capsules with water in the morning, prior to eating. Many users report feeling discernable effects in as little as 20 minutes.

Based on the information presented on the supplement’s website, it’s clear the company is passionate about offering quality products to their customers. But, does their premium price mean you’ll experience better results than the lower-priced competition?

This is the central question we’ll help you answer here, starting with a few quick brain basics.

A Brief Overview of How Nootropic Dietary Supplements Work

Without going into unnecessary detail, we discuss in The Truth About Memory Supplements, these products typically promise to “help improve your brain’s function and/or to prevent age-related memory loss through a combination of ingredients.” Exactly how they attempt to accomplish this, however, can vary widely.

For example, some might promise to boost the body’s production of neurotransmitters like acetylcholine (referred to as a ‘choline donor’ on the Qualia Mind website), which is thought to play a key role in essential functions like transmitting signals between the motor nerves and skeletal muscles that allow us to move. Others might use caffeine to stimulate the central nervous system and increase attention, while different formulations could include ingredients that:

  • Boost blood flow to the brain
  • Provide neuroprotective benefits (e.g., preventing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, age-related memory loss, etc.)
  • Reduce the likelihood of essential vitamin deficiencies

With these high-level details in mind, let’s zoom in and find out how Qualia Mind’s specific formulation promises to deliver results.

Taking a Closer Look at Qualia Mind’s Ingredients

According to the supplement facts label listed on the website, Qualia Mind contains a fairly extensive ingredients list:

Vitamin C 100 mg, Vitamin D3 25 mcg, Thiamin B1 100 mg, Niacin B3 50 mg, Vitamin B6 20 mg, Vitamin B12 1,000 mcg, Vitamin B5 50 mg, Acetyl-L-Carnitine 500 mg, Artichoke Stem and Leaf Extract 500 mg, Bacopa monnieri Leaf Extract 300 mg, Rhodiola rosea Root 300 mg, DL-Phenylalanine 300 mg, Uridine Monophosphate Disodium 250 mg, N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine 250 mg, Taurine 200 mg, L-Theanine 200 mg, Alpha GPC 200 mg, Cognizin Citicoline 150 mg, Mucuna pruriens Seed 100 mg, Phosphatidylserine 100 mg, Theobromine 100 mg, Anhydrous Caffeine 90 mg, DHA 80 mg, Celastrus paniculatus Seed Extract 60 mg, Ginkgo biloba Leaf Extract 50 mg, Coleus forskohlii Root 20mg, Pyrroloquinoline Quinone 10 mg, Huperzine A 50 mcg

Although the HighYa team has written about more than 100 nootropic supplements over the years, the reality is that we're not medical or clinical professionals. As such, when reporting whether or not an ingredient is deemed effective for a given claim, we rely on the clinical evidence summaries provided by sites like WebMD, the Natural Medicines Database, and Examine.com.

They indicate that taking between 1,500 and 3,000 mg of Acetyl-L-Carnitine per day may help improve blood flow to the brain, improve memory in seniors, and even treat Alzheimer's disease in specific instances. Qualia Mind contains 500 mg per dose.

Similarly, taking 300 mg of brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) daily has been shown to help improve thinking and memory in otherwise healthy adults. This is precisely the amount found in each Qualia Mind dose.

Taking 100-300 mg of tyrosine per day may help improve alertness following a lack of sleep, as well as memory and mental performance under stressful conditions, while 1,000 to 2,000 mg of citicoline daily could help improve memory loss in those between the ages of 50 and 85.

Some studies have also shown that between 100 and 400 mg of phosphatidylserine may help improve aspects of those dealing with age-related mental decline, as well as Alzheimer’s disease. However, they point out the existing evidence is for phosphatidylserine derived from cow’s brains, whereas in most supplements it’s derived from soy or cabbage.

And as anyone who enjoys coffee or an occasional soda will attest, 250 mg of caffeine per day can help temporarily boost mental alertness.

Regularly consuming 80-600 mg of ginkgo biloba may help reduce anxiety, slightly improve mental function, and modestly improve symptoms of dementia.

Finally, 60-400 mcg of huperzine A daily is listed as ‘possibly effective’ for improving some aspects of dementia, along with memory in older children and teenagers.

Outside of this, these same sites report there’s insufficient clinical evidence to support any of the manufacturer’s other claims for Qualia Mind. Is it any different when it comes to the original Qualia formulation?

Qualia Mind vs. Original Stack

According to their FAQ, the manufacturer took customer feedback and improved on the original Qualia formulation by reducing it from two bottles (Step 1 and Step 2) to one bottle, and also reducing the number of capsules you need to take (12 vs. 7).

And while the manufacturer emphasizes that you should experience the same results with each formulation, the original version contains some ingredients not found in Qualia Mind. These include:

  • Step 1: Centrophenoxine 250 mg, PureEnergy (caffeine and TeroPure) 209 mg, Noopept 30 mg
  • Step 2: Benfotiamine 100 mg, Hordenine HCl 20 mg, BioPerine 10 mg, Vinpocetine 30 mg, Curcumin 250 mg, Green Tea Leaf Extract 500 mg, Lithium 3 mg, Quercetin 200 mg, Uridine Monophosphate Disodium 500 mg, Lion’s Mane 500 mg, ActivAMP Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract 300 mg

Since it’s easier to take, the manufacturer recommends that you start out by trying Qualia Mind. But since everyone’s biochemistry is different, they note that you can try the original formula if you find the updated version doesn’t work.

Could Qualia Mind’s Ingredients Cause Side Effects?

Per the medical disclaimer on the supplement’s website, Qualia Mind shouldn’t be taken by those already taking “MAO inhibitors, SSRIs, or any other psychiatric or neurological medicines,” or by pregnant or nursing mothers.

Furthermore, “It should not be taken within a 24 hour time period from alcohol or recreational drugs. This product should not be taken within 12 hours of bedtime as it may cause restlessness.” You also shouldn’t exceed 12 capsules per day, and the supplement was designed to cycle five days on, followed by two days off, to maximize benefits and prevent desensitization.

WebMD and the Natural Medicines Database report that in some instances (no dosages or other specifics provided), Acetyl-L-Carnitine can cause a "fishy" odor of the urine, breath, and sweat, while caffeine can lead to insomnia, nervousness, and restlessness.

Lastly, huperzine A can sometimes lead to sweating, loss of appetite, cramping, high blood pressure, and slowed heart rate.

To avoid potential side effects like this these, they emphasize that you should speak with your physician first.

How Much Does Qualia Mind Cost & Where Can You Buy?

If ordered directly through the company, there are two ways to purchase a one-month supply (140 capsules) of Qualia Mind:

  • Single Order: $139
  • Subscription: $89

If you choose the subscription option, this price will only apply to your initial order. All following shipments will be charged at $119 per month until you contact the company to cancel your automatic shipments.

We also found these same prices available on Amazon.

All direct orders come with a 100-day money back guarantee. Note: Per the website, this only applies to “first-time purchasers of an initial order of product, or final order of a subscription. It does not apply to an individual's additional product orders placed after an initial order.”

You’ll need to log into your Neurohacker account to cancel your membership, while refunds can be requested by calling 855-281-2328.

What Can We Learn From Qualia Mind Customer Reviews?

There were more than 180 customer reviews for Qualia Mind on the company’s website at the time of our research, who had given the supplement an average rating of about 4.5 stars. Common compliments referenced effective results (improved thinking, mood, concentration, energy, etc.), while the few complaints frequently related to no results.

We only found one third-party review on Amazon (five stars), who also complimented its effectiveness.

As a company, Neurohacker Collective is based out of Encinitas, CA and has been in business since 2015.

Qualia Mind vs. Other Brain Supplements

Remember earlier when we discussed the fact that just because a supplement is classified as a nootropic, it can still contain a wide variety of ingredients intended to address very different aspects of bodily function? While their overall formulations are often distinct, you’ll typically find the same handful of ingredients on the ‘possibly effective’ list.

Searching top results here on HighYa, as well as on marketplaces like Amazon and Google Shopping, here are a handful of prime examples:

Brand Price Active Ingredient(s)
Qualia Mind $89+ Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Bacopa monnieri, Tyrosine, Phosphatidylserine, Caffeine, Ginkgo Biloba, Huperzine A
NeuroIgnite $23 Bacopa monnieri, St. John’s Wort, Ginkgo Biloba, Phosphatidylserine, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Huperzine A
OptiMind $53 Tyrosine, Phosphatidylserine, Caffeine, Bacopa monnieri, Huperzine A
Focus Factor $20 Bacopa monnieri, DHA, Tyrosine, Huperzine A,
NOW Brain Elevate $20 Ginkgo Biloba, Phosphatidylserine, Huperzine A
Nutrition Essentials Neuro Clarity $19 St. John’s Wort, Phosphatidylserine, Bacopa monnieri, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Ginkgo Biloba

Given these similarities, choosing between brain supplements might largely come down to the price you pay, the dosages of each ingredient (remember, they should match what’s supported by clinical evidence), and the company’s online customer reputation.

After all, the latter can be a great indication of what you might experience after handing over your hard-earned money.

Our Final Thoughts About Qualia Mind

In the end, Qualia Mind features a meaningfully larger ingredients formulation than many of the brain supplements we’ve investigated in the past.

However, combining what we learned from the above comparison table, along with the clinical evidence summaries provided by sites like the Natural Medicines Database and WebMD, the supplement doesn’t seem to contain a greater number of possibly effective ingredients than most of the lower-priced competition. And as consumer ourselves, we’d worry that this might not deliver the same level of value.

As a result, if you’re looking to maximize the value you achieve, gain science-based insight into these types of supplements and the ingredients they contain, while avoiding potential side effects, all in one fell swoop, we’d strongly recommend talking with your doctor before placing an order.

With all of this said, we think it’s positive that Neurohacker Collective stands behind Qualia Mind with a 100-day refund policy, so—after visiting with your doctor, of course—you might not have much more to lose than return S&H charges if it doesn’t meet your needs and preferences.

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