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Does Qualia Life work for everyone?

How does Qualia Life work?

We’ve written a series of articles discussing how Qualia Life works in detail. But, in general, it works by helping our cells and mitochondria do more work, especially the types of tasks they tend to struggle to get to as we get older. When our cells and mitochondria can do more work, and get to all the important jobs we need them to do, we look, feel and function better.

Does Qualia Life work for everyone?

While it’s often implied that something will work for everybody, this does match the reality of complexity science or human individuality. A better assumption is to think in terms of response groupings. Exercise is a good example.

If we started a big group of people on the same exact exercise program, and followed how they respond over time, we’d find that some people got much more benefits than the overall group. These persons are called super-responders. Many people will have an average response. They’re responders. Some people will have either a less than average or no response (i.e., non-responders). And there’s likely to be a subset of persons who got injured. They were negative responders. This same type of grouping response reliably plays out when we test and iterate during our formulation process.

Response groups tend to follow a bell curve. One of our formulation goals is to shift the bell curve in a way that we end up with a high amount of super-responders (~33%) and an overall amount of super-responders and responders of about 80%. This leaves about 20% as non- and negative responders, with our goal being to have very few of this group being negative responders. Our testing of Qualia Life met this criteria. This product was not equal for everyone. About 1 out of 3 were super-responders. Almost half were responders. And, about 1 out of 5 were non-responders, with very few negative responders.

For someone who’s cells and mitochondria are already working at a high level, we wouldn’t expect them to notice as much as for someone whose cells and mitochondria are not. This is what we observed in our testing. In the subset of participants 35 and older, the percent of super-responders increased to about half, with almost all the rest being responders. So, in general, our testing to date has shown that persons in their mid-30’s and older seem to benefit more consistently and to higher amounts.

Qualia Life Disclaimer

When using dietary supplements, please consult with your physician if you are undergoing treatment for a medical condition or if you are pregnant or lactating.

More Frequently Asked Questions

How should I get started with Qualia Life?

A good strategy, when starting anything new, is to start slow and gradually working your way up. This takes advantage of the body’s adaptive capacities and minimizes chances of poor response. Exercise is a great example of this. When starting a new exercise routine, the tendency is to want to do a lot right away. But this increases chances of having very sore muscles or getting injured. So, it’s better to start conservatively and slowly do more as your body gets accustomed to the new routine.

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Can I take Qualia Life in addition to one of the Qualia products?

Yes you can take Qualia Life with Qualia Mind, Qualia Focus or Qualia Nootropic Energy. 

When we designed Qualia Life, we did so understanding people would take it with one of the other Qualia nootropic products. 

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Why don’t you use nicotinamide ribose or nicotinamide mononucleotide?

Nicotinamide riboside and nicotinamide mononucleotide are newer (and very expensive) dietary ingredients used to boost NAD+. Boosting NAD+ is not unique to these newer ingredients. It’s the defining characteristic that makes a compound a vitamin B3. The niacin equivalents—niacin (nicotinic acid; NA) and niacinamide (NAM)—boost NAD+. L-tryptophan is also a precursor for NAD+. We included both NA and NAM, as well as L-tryptophan, because these ingredients can be used to make NAD+ and this approach supports three different ways of making it. Redundancy is a core value within complex systems science and something we look for when formulating our products.

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Is there a way to save money on my Qualia Life subscription?

Yes there is! All subscriptions receive 15% off.

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What should I do if I notice a side-effect and think it might be because of this product?

One of the interesting things found in studies is that placebos can have positive effects … and unwanted effects. The common side-effects seen from placebos match what are found in studies of dietary supplements and what we saw in our tolerability testing. 

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Differences between Qualia Life and Qualia Mind?

Qualia Life was designed to make your cells and mitochondria (the powerhouses of cells) work better. When your cells and mitochondria are able to do their jobs better, we look, feel, and perform better.

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What should I expect when taking Qualia Life?

Depending on health, age, and other factors, what you experience will vary. In the biohacker and quantified self communities, you’ll run across the acronym YMMV. This stands for “your mileage may vary.” It means that every person does not respond identically to the same thing. YMMV is seen with diet, exercise, sleep needs, and circadian preferences (i.e., some people are morning people; others are night people). It’s also seen with dietary supplements. Because of this, there’s a growing movement for what are called N-of-1 (or one person) experiments.

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What are the ingredients in Qualia Life?

For the full list of the ingredients in Qualia Life, why they were chosen, and the research behind them, please review our formulation section.

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Why do you recommend taking Qualia Life for 5 days followed by 2 days off?

Neurohacker Collective uses a model of science called complex systems science. One of the core principles is adaptation. Living organisms are experts at adapting to things. 

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Do I need to take the full dose of Qualia Life?

In general, we recommend taking the full dose. The full dose provides the studied amounts of many of the ingredients (this is an important part of being able to make accurate structure/function claims) and is the dose we designed the formulation to deliver and have studied in our testing.

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