The Qualia supplement by the Neurohacker Collective has been one of the fastest growing nootropics on the market, but that doesn’t mean everything is perfect. I have completed a full non-biased Qualia review here, but right now we’re going to discuss a major flaw.
With Qualia, or any other nootropic blend for that matter, it is nearly impossible to determine which chemical compounds are useful for enhancing cognitive abilities. There are 42 ingredients which means it is too challenging to understand the biochemical consequences on our unique brain chemistry. We must solve this problem with empowered responsibility.
Qualia Supplement Clinical Trials
From what I know of the Neurohacker Collective and their team, Qualia will probably undergo some type of clinical trials in the near future. They are a fast growing company, which has a company policy of transparency, integrity, and attention to detail. With these goals in mind, it makes sense that clinical trials would be in the pipeline.
But the Neurohacker Collective wouldn’t be the first company to create such clinical trials. Onnit, a company owned by Aubrey Marcus and Joe Rogan, has launched their flagship nootropic called Alpha Brain, which has clinical trials in partnership with the Boston Center for Memory.
According to the clinical trial (a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled), which was well done, 63 participants found a range of benefits from taking the supplement. Over 6 weeks, the participants had 12% greater improvement in verbal recall and 21% faster completion time in executive function compared to baseline.
Someone not informed in the nootropics and scientific world might consider this a victory in favor for Alpha Brain. While it is nice to see (and certainly useful for Onnit’s marketing campaign), the truth is that Alpha Brain’s main ingredient (bacopa monnieri) has similar results by itself.
The trial showed benefits through a test called the California Verbal Learning Test (CVLT), which is similar to the Auditory Verbal Learning Test (AVLT) where bacopa monnieri is well tested.
Basically, even with a clinical trial suggesting that this nootropic stack works, you still don’t know whether a 90 day supply of bacopa monnieri costing $15 works as well as a 90 day supply of Alpha Brain, which costs $105.
When a Qualia supplement skeptic says they are waiting for clinical trials or some type of scientific backing, it’s a silly hangup to have because even that “proof” does not hold a candle to taking responsibility for our own cognitive performance.
Our Responsibility with Qualia Reviews
Each of us must take responsibility for our own health and cognitive performance. If you do not have the time, patience, or desire to identify which ingredients are working for you individually, you can still buy Qualia as a unique stack to cover all your bases. If you do so, I believe it worthwhile to take responsibility for understanding whether it “works” or not.
There are two ways to understand the benefits of Qualia and the smart drug’s effectiveness:
Subjective experience — how do you “feel” when taking the nootropic
Objective experience — what quantifiable data shows about the nootropic’s results (i.e: test scores)
To better understand the subjective experience, one can simply journal or use the Mercury App at designated intervals to determine mood and any changes related to the Qualia nootropic supplement.
The objective experiences are a bit more challenging, but there are still a few options. On the more expensive side, one can find a local neurofeedback center and pay for two QEEG tests. One QEEG without any Qualia and the next day with Qualia alone.
A more inexpensive way to test cognition for yourself is through Cambridge Brain Sciences, which is a platform that offers cognitive performance tests. There is a free version and a low cost full option as well.
Finally, it’s good to understand how your body is reacting to the supplement with objective data. Despite Qualia feeling great and improving my focus and concentration, if I take the Step 2 too late in the day, it negatively effects my sleep and increases my stress response the next day. I even struggle with something like ceremonial cacao or mitochondrial support supplements if I take them too late.
The only way I learn that is by tracking heart rate variability (HRV) and sleep via my Oura ring. This allows me to see that Qualia works about 3 times per week rather than every single day and it also informs how late I take the nootropic as well.
If we are going to take a unique nootropic stack of any kind, having this kind of analysis is imperative. Not only does it keep us safer and more in the know about our body, but it puts the responsibility back into our hands to make better decisions about our purchases and health.
To learn more about the merits read this Qualia review.
To watch a Qualia video review click here.
NOTE: My partner who is an Austin doula suggests avoiding using these types of supplements for expecting mothers. Glad she’s looking out :)