3 capsules of Step 1 contains approximately 90 mg of caffeine; slightly less than the amount in an average 8 oz. coffee. We use PURENERGY as a caffeine alternative. It is a patented co-crystal ingredient comprised of caffeine and pTeroPure pterostilbene. The rate of caffeine absorption is significantly slower with PURENERGY, by about 30% as compared to ordinary caffeine. The half-life of caffeine from PURENERGY is extended significantly by about 25% over that of ordinary caffeine, thus decreasing the jittery feeling of normal caffeine.
Qualia is not intended as a strong stimulant. The relatively small amount of caffeine is to help potentiate the effects of the primary ingredients.
If your system is sensitive to caffeine, it can be helpful to begin with one capsule of Step 1, instead of the standard, recommended dose of 3. For those who are unable to consume caffeine, we're working on some new formulations and one of those may be a caffeine-free stack, so keep an eye out for that in the future. We would love to have you try it at that time.