When Neurohacker Collective designed Qualia Mind, our goal was to support a range of what we think of as positive capacities. These are cognitive and emotional qualities that help us become better versions of ourselves in our professional and personal lives.
A nootropic compound or formula can rob Peter to pay Paul, so to speak, boosting focus, as an example, but at the expense of patience. We get more done, but we also feel less calm or more irritable.
When our team designed Qualia Mind, one of our goals was supporting calm energy and stress resilience. The experiences of calm energy feels very different than the edginess or irritability that can accompany energy drinks. It’s the attention, focus and drive to get things done, but in a more relaxed way. Resilience is the capacity to tolerate stress much better. When stress resilience goes up, the capacity to tap into positive cognitive and emotional qualities also goes up, while the tendency to get mired in more negative responses goes down. This goal was why we included ingredients that support calm energy and stress resilience.
Bacopa monnieri is an example. It’s a nootropic Ayurvedic herb, supporting aspects of brain performance. But it does so in a way that also supports a healthier stress response.
Rhodiola rosea is an adaptogenic herb, which is the category of herbs that support adaptation to stress. Mental fatigue is one of the symptoms of higher stress: Rhodiola can help counter it. By helping us adapt to stress, some of the feelings that often accompany stress, such as anger and irritability can also be countered with Rhodiola.
When we look at ingredients, we are always thinking about whether they might be additive with other ingredients. It’s not only about single nutrients; it’s how nutrients interact together that is the key.
Ginkgo biloba is another nootropic herb. It tends to be mostly thought of as being supportive of longer term memory. When combined with Rhodiola, the combination supports better brain performance than either on its own, especially with working memory, sustained focus, and reaction times.
L-Theanine is found in green tea. It supports mental performance while also promoting less tension. It’s another example of how one ingredient can add to another.
Caffeine has been one of the most studied compounds for brain performance. Its strengths, at least when taken in low-to-moderate amounts, are alertness, vigilance, attention, and reaction time. When caffeine is combined with L-theanine, the combination is better for focusing with speed and accuracy.