Qualia Mind Essentials & Qualia Focus are both fast-acting, research-backed nootropics designed to support a range of important cognitive skills, including alertness, motivation, attention (e.g., focus, concentration), and memory. We believe that Qualia Focus delivers exceptional value and stands on its own as a great nootropic; however, it does not offer the more premium nootropic experience of Qualia Mind Essentials. While Qualia Mind Essentials and Qualia Focus support some of the same cognitive skills, Qualia Mind Essentials was formulated to also support additional cognitive skills, especially when it comes to executive functions.
So, at a high level, Qualia Mind Essentials (1) supplies a broader range of brain essential nutrition, (2) supports a wider range of cognitive skills, and (3) offers more robust support in areas involved in neuroplasticity and long-term brain health. Qualia Mind Essentials can do this because it has (1) a larger number of ingredients—Qualia Mind Essentials has 24 ingredients, while Qualia Focus has 14, (2) the recommended number of capsules to take is more (5 for Qualia Mind Essentials and only 2 for Qualia Focus), and (3) Qualia Mind Essentials’ higher price allowed us to include a combination of some high-cost ingredients that won’t be found together in nootropic doses in products at the Qualia Focus price point (such as Alpha-GPC, Uridine, and Rhodiola Rosea).
Because of the combination of capsule count and price, while both products have similar cores—the powerful nootropic pairing of theanine and caffeine, Celastrus paniculatus seed extract (the “intellect tree”), nootropic and adaptogen herbs for memory and stress support, and B-vitamins—there’s quite a bit of difference between the two products. This starts with what we use to supply caffeine, which is arguably the favorite ingredient among neurohackers for supporting alertness, energy, processing speed, reaction times, and motivation. Qualia Focus uses anhydrous caffeine (which is the most studied and commonly used type of caffeine among neurohackers and athletes), while Qualia Mind Essentials uses a more premium Organic Coffeeberry® Whole Coffee Fruit Extract as a source of caffeine because it also provides brain-supportive antioxidants and polyphenols. Another difference is that, while you’ll see most of the same B vitamins in both products, Qualia Mind Essentials can supply higher amounts of them because of the extra capsules—doses of B vitamins that Neurohacker Collective thinks of as “nootropic doses”—while Qualia Focus supplies B vitamin doses that are closer to the recommended daily intake.
Both Qualia Mind Essentials and Focus include herbs and nootropics to support functions like acetylcholine neurotransmission, neuroplasticity, and synaptogenesis, which are important for cognitive skills such as focus, learning, and memory. But Qualia Mind Essentials offers more support in these areas. It has a nootropic form of choline (Alpha-Glycerylphosphorylcholine [alpha-GPC]), the Ayurvedic herb Bacopa monnieri, and Huperzia Serrata Leaf Extract to offer more support for acetylcholine neurotransmission. Qualia Mind Essentials also contains more support for synaptogenesis and neuroplasticity—these are critical functions for learning and memory—with the inclusion of the neurohacking combination of Artichoke Leaf Extract and Coleus forskohlii Root Extract, as well as taurine.
While both Qualia Focus and Qualia Mind Essentials support dopamine signaling—critical for motivation and learning. and motivation—Qualia Mind Essentials offers much more support, especially when it comes to building dopamine neurotransmitter molecules, with the inclusion of three different dopamine precursors (N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, DL-Phenylalanine, and Velvet Bean (Mucuna pruriens) Seed Extract) that are not included in Qualia Focus.
Qualia Mind Essentials places more emphasis on a number of areas that are important for long-term brain health, including mitochondrial support (which is why it has Acetyl-L-Carnitine) and neuroprotection. It’s also an upgrade when it comes to stress support, with Rhodiola Rosea.
Which one should you buy? If you can afford it, Qualia Mind Essentials is a more comprehensive and premium product. If cost is an issue, Qualia Focus is a powerful product and we're delighted to be able to offer it as an option.
NOTE: Qualia Mind Essentials and Qualia Focus are not intended to stack together.