First things first, this is the Qualia Mind review, not our Qualia review.
And there’s a significant difference between these reviews.
Something like 12+ ingredients’ worth of a difference, as well as a price drop, formula drop, and banned substances drop. In a sense Qualia Mind is a significant drop down from the original Qualia stack. However, this “drop down” turns out to be a significant upgrade, improving upon several issues we had with the original stack.
Does Qualia Mind completely remove these issues? Let’s read the Qualia Mind review to find out.
About Qualia Mind
Building upon the original Neurohacker Collective formula (Qualia Original Stack), Qualia Mind delivers more or less the same Qualia experience, except with a cleaner, tighter focus on what seems to work best. Thus, when we say “building upon” what we truly mean is “improving upon by simplification.” It’s a destructive form of creation — i.e., the most fun kind. Formula notes:
- Fewer Ingredients: Whereas the original Qualia supplement carried more than 40 ingredients between its two formulas, Qualia Mind reduces that number to 28.
- No Synthetics: Another key upgrade is Qualia Mind’s removal of its controversial synthetics and banned substances, most notably Noopept and DHEA.
- Still Expensive: Yet, 28 ingredients still comes at a massive price, and unfortunately it’s almost just as massive as the original Qualia’s massive price.
Qualia Mind Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 7 Vegetarian Capsules|
Servings Per Container: 22
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid)||100 mg (111% DV)|
|Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol)||25 mcg (125% DV)|
|Thiamin B1 (as Benfotiamine)||100 mg (8333% DV)|
|Niacin B3 (as Niacinimide)||50 mg (313% DV)|
|Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxal 5 Phosphate)||20 mg (1176% DV)|
|Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin)||1000 mcg (41667% DV)|
|Vitamin B5 (as Calcium Pantothenate)||50 mg (1000% DV)|
|Artichoke Stem and Leaf Extract (5% Cynarin)||500 mg|
|Bacopa monnieri Leaf Extract (45% Bacosides)||300 mg|
|Rhodiola rosea Root (3% Rosavins & 1% Salidrosides)||300 mg|
|Uridine Monophosphate Disodium||250 mg|
|Alpha GPC||200 mg|
|Cognizin® Citicoline||150 mg|
|Mucuna pruriens Seed (50% L-Dopa)||100 mg|
|Phosphatidylserine (Sharp-PS® Green) (from Sunflower Lecithin)||100 mg|
|Anhydrous Caffeine||90 mg|
|DHA (as Docosahexaenoic Acid from Algae)||80 mg|
|Celastrus paniculatus Seed Extract||60 mg|
|Ginkgo biloba Leaf Extract (24%)||50 mg|
|Coleus forskohlii Root (20% Forskolin)||20 mg|
|Pyrroloquinoline quinone||10 mg|
|Huperzine A (Huperzia serrata Extract)||50 mcg|
Organic Rice Extract Blend, Organic Rice Concentrate, Vegetable Cellulose, Silicon Dioxide
As a dietary supplement, take 7 capsules with water first thing in the morning before eating. If stomach upset occurs, take with breakfast instead. Optimal dosage can vary based on body weight and sensitivity. Don’t take more than 10 capsules at once more than 12 in a day.
Qualia Mind simplifies the original Qualia stack into a tighter, yet still massive super supplement.
By reducing the ingredient count to fewer than 30 ingredients and by removing the more contentious “druggy” items (e.g., Noopept, DHEA), Qualia Mind delivers a nootropic brain health stack that’s not only cleaner than the original Qualia stack but potentially healthier as well. And yet Qualia Mind still has a jacked up ingredient count that’s well beyond your average nootropic supplement.
Is this still an issue with the Qualia Mind formula? Hm… that partially depends on the ingredients.
Qualia Mind Review: Ingredients
Fortunately, Neurohacker Collective doesn’t mess with any of that proprietary blend nonsense, opting instead to reveal all of their ingredient dosages. And thanks to that massive 7 caps serving size, these dosages all look pretty damn good. But how are the ingredients themselves? Let’s find out:
Acetyl-L-Carnitine – Believed to assist with the transportation of fatty acids to mitochondria, ALCAR is a brain-energizing amino acid and somewhat of a staple in the 2018 manufactured nootropic supplement game. Yet, it only seems to assist with elderly cognition, limiting ALCAR’s value.
Artichoke Extract – Antioxidant extract with cAMP enhancing benefits that, when coupled with Coleus forskohlii (see below), may help improve the brain’s LTP growth potential.
Bacopa Monnieri Extract – Potent extract of a powerful herb, Qualia Mind’s 45% bacosides extract here may significantly enhance your memory and learning performance by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme responsible for neurotransmitter acetylcholine breakdown.
Rhodiola Rosea Extract – Another powerful herb, this one properly standardized to 3% rosavins and 1% salidrosides, Rhodiola rosea seems to improve mental and physical performance by strengthening the brain and body’s resistance to stress and fatigue. 300 mg is a phat dosage.
DL-Phenylalanine – Involved in the catecholamine conversion pathway, similar to L-tyrosine, DL-phenylalanine may improve mood levels as they relate to dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine.
Uridine Monophosphate Disodium – Qualia Mind’s citicoline also supplies uridine via citicoline’s cytidine (uridine precursor), furthering uridine brain building potential here. Uridine seems to boost ATP levels and neuroregeneration.
N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine – Involved in the same pathway as DL-phenylalanine, L-tyrosine converts to catecholamine neurotransmitters, which the brain burns during excessively stressful conditions. Qualia Mind did good with the preferred N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine form of this adaptogenic amino acid.
Taurine – An energy drink favorite, taurine as a standalone ingredient seems to qualify more as a sedative than a bona fide nootropic.
L-Theanine – Sourced from green tea leaves, L-theanine is anxiolytic amino acid that uniquely boosts alpha brainwaves — the cognitive state associated with meditative relaxation and creativity. As a nootropic, L-theanine’s calming benefits complement caffeine’s jittery energy spikes.
Alpha GPC – Supplying a dense concentration of choline, alpha GPC may help optimize the brain’s acetylcholine levels and the body’s neuromuscular activity.
Cognizin® Citicoline – Similar to alpha GPC, citicoline supplies choline for acetylcholine synthesis. However, citicoline has an edge over alpha GPC with its additional supply of cytidine, a precursor compound to nootropic uridine.
Mucuna Pruriens Extract (L-Dopa) – Sitting atop our BIG List of T-Boosters for its LH-/FSH-boosting properties, Mucuna pruriens supplies a rich dose of L-Dopa (especially at this 50% extract), which converts to dopamine — the brain’s pleasure-reward chemical. Mm, yummy.
Phosphatidylserine (Sharp-PS® Green) – A key phospholipid compound that helps regulate brain cell membrane integrity and fluidity, phosphatidylserine is a big-time nootropic for memory and cognitive longevity. Sharp-PS® Green supplies the cleaner sunflower-derived PS over the usual soy-derived stuff.
Theobromine – As a vasodilator and diuretic, theobromine may help improve circulation; however, as a nootropic, theobromine’s value is questionable. It’s semi-stimulatory effects are viewed as caffeine-like… but Qualia already supplies caffeine.
Anhydrous Caffeine – See, we weren’t lying: 90 mg of caffeine, which roughly equals a single cup of coffee. Not too shabby, especially with L-theanine on deck to ameliorate Qualia Mind’s caffeine’s jittery side effects.
DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) – DHA is a smart choice for brain health and development, yet it’s not the smartest stack option due to its heavy dosage requirements. Given how cheap omega-3 supplements can be, it would’ve been a better idea for Neurohacker Collective to remove DHA and save their precious capsule space.
Celastrus paniculatus Extract – As a potent antioxidant herb, Celastrus paniculatus (a.k.a. Intellect Herb) seems to significantly improve cell-to-cell communication as well as neuron regeneration.
Ginkgo biloba Extract – An ancient nootropic herb with significant circulatory and working memory benefits. As a cognitive enhancer, Ginkgo’s effects can be felt quickly, making it a prime gameday stack option.
Coleus forskohlii Extract – As we already mentioned, Coleus forskohlii’s cAMP boosting activities pair well with Artichoke extract’s cAMP enhancing effects. The result: better LTP growth in the brain.
Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) – Another big-time antioxidant compound, PQQ seems to improve brain energy levels, optimizing sleep quality and reducing fatigue while also implementing significant antioxidant neuroprotection.
Huperzine A (Huperzia serrata Extract) – More cholinergic boosting from this little guy. Huperzine A may significantly improve memory and cognitive longevity by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase.
The original Qualia Step One, Step Two stacks had more than 40 ingredients combined. Qualia Mind, on the other hand, narrows that number down to 28. And this, we believe, makes Qualia Mind the better Qualia option.
Here are two reasons why:
- Tighter Focus – By simplifying the formula, Qualia Mind seems to keep only what works, thereby allowing its best nootropics to shine brighter.
- Reduced Costs – Additionally, having 40+ ingredients is super expensive to formulate, which puts the cost burden on the customers. Qualia Mind lessens that burden.
Or at least Qualia Mind somewhat lessens that burden and somewhat tightens its focus. Bear in mind: Qualia Mind is still an expensive supplement, as supplying sufficient dosages for 28 ingredients is still an expensive endeavor. And while 28 ingredients is a massive improvement upon 40+ ingredients… it’s still not the tightest formula we’ve ever seen.
But why are we praising tightness so much? Isn’t Qualia Mind’s comprehensive approach towards optimized brain health also praiseworthy.
Yes, it’s awesome. In fact, if Qualia Mind works for you, odds are you won’t need to invest in any other nootropic supplements. And what’s even cooler about that is that you’re given the option with Qualia Mind to individually stack the contentious nootropics unique to the original Qualia formula (e.g., Noopept) on the side, whereas the original formula doesn’t allow such freedom.
While both Qualia and Qualia Mind showcase high quality, highly dosed nootropics in their formulas, Qualia Mind comes across as the better option. Even if Qualia Mind still possesses similar Qualia issues: ingredient count, expensive pricing — it seems Neurohacker Collective is moving in the right direction with this stack.
Qualia Mind Benefits
On the Neurohacker Collective website, the following benefit claims are made:
- Beat Brain Fog
- Lasting Energy
- Effortless Focus
- Amplified Willpower
Qualia Mind was reportedly designed with the intention to give “your brain and body the nutrients they need to do more and be more.” The word choice of “nutrients” suggests to us that Qualia Mind operates simultaneously as a cognitive enhancer and a brain nourisher, sharpening both short- and long-term measures of mental health. Qualia Mind has several positive customer reviews, which validate much of these claims …however, they’re all customer reviews featured on the Neurohacker Collective website.
So, taketh that witheth a graineth of salt. Mm’kay?
Who Takes It?
Academics, Athletes, Meatheads, CEOs, Silicon Valley hipsters. You know: the usual gung-ho nootropic enthusiasts. As a brain and (somewhat) body supplement, Qualia should appeal to the brainy-body types; the my-fitness-expresses-my-intellect sort of health gurus.
Any Side Effects?
None reported nor do we necessarily expect any major adverse effects with these natural ingredients. Having said that, the number of ingredients contained in those capsules does bring up negative ingredient interaction concerns. As far as we’ve seen, Qualia Mind seems to be in the clear here, but it’s still perhaps worth mentioning.
Qualia Mind Review Summary
- New, Improved. Qualia Mind improves upon the looser, wilder Qualia 2-stacks.
- All Natural. Another key upgrade: the loss of synthetics and banned DHEA.
- High Quality. Qualia Mind showcases some immensely impressive nootropic forms.
- High Quantity. Them dosages are looking damn fiiiiine.
- High Quantity. The ingredient count is still a concern, at least with regards to ingredient interactions and absorption.
- Expensive. While Qualia Mind significantly slims down its formula from the original Qualia stack(s), the pricing hasn’t really gone down much.
Pricing and Where to Buy
- SINGLE ORDER: 1 Bottle (22 days): $139
- SUBSCRIPTION: $89 first month; $119 per month thereafter
- Available online via Neurohacker Collective and Amazon
If you buy Qualia Mind through the Neurohacker Collective website, you’ll find the Single Order and Subscription pricing options. Signing up for the autoshipment “Subscription” option will save you $50 on your first shipment — after which each month’s savings reduce to $20 per month. Bear in mind that you’re only receiving 22 days’ worth of servings per bottle, which may last for a month, if you only consume one Qualia Mind serving daily during the 5-day work week.
Final Word on Qualia Mind
If the price and wild formula design were deal-breakers for you with regards to the original Qualia stack, we’re not entirely confident that Qualia Mind has completely erased those issues for you. Yet, if you were just on the fence for the original stack, then yes — Qualia Mind seems to have figured its shit out. While it still remains as one of the (way) more expensive options on the market, Qualia Mind seems to work. And that’s saying (way) more than what most nootropic supplements can claim. (At least truthfully.)