The side effects risks associated with Quantumind are just too much for us. We think the vast majority of people will experience severe side effects while using Quantumind – 300mg of Caffeine and 75mg of Hordenine is far from a safe combo. That, coupled with some dead weight, seals the deal for us. Quantumind is a poor quality nootropic. This is a shame, as it contains generous quantities of some good nootropics.
Filtered Formulas Quantumind Review: What does it claim to do?
Quantumind is a brand new nootropic stack from Filtered Formulas. As far as we can tell, this is the only product that these guys make. It hasn’t been around for very long, but there are already a large number of Quantumind reviews out there. Most of them are overwhelmingly positive – it currently has an average rating of 4.5 stars on Amazon. So what does Quantumind claim to do? How does it enhance cognitive function?
According to the bottle, Quantumind is actually a sports-specific nootropic. It claims to deliver several benefits that will promote better cognitive function and better athletic performance.
These benefits include:
- Metabolism support
- Increased energy levels
- Enhanced focus
- Stress management
- Improved mood
- Promotes neuroplasticity
- Promotes neurogenesis
This is quite an extensive list of benefits. If Quantumind can actually deliver on all of these claims, then it will be one of the best nootropics in the world. Only stacks like Qualia and Mind Lab Pro come close to delivering such a wide range of benefits.
So does Filtered Formulas Quantumind really work? Is it a good nootropic? Is it safe? What kind of side effects can you expect? Is it as good as the best brain supplements on the market today? Read our full Quantumind review below to find out!
Here is the Quantumind formula as it appears on the bottle:
Here is a brief overview of what each ingredient does. We’ll explain if, and how, each one contributes to cognitive function, what the research looks like, and how safe it is. If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section at the end.
N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine – 500mg
Carnitine is an amino acid usually consumed to increase energy levels. It is said to increase mitochondrial capacity and energy output. Mitochondria are your cellular ‘engines’; they are responsible for synthesizing energy from fuel. So making them more efficient will mean greater energy levels. However, nootropic benefits are limited here. ALCAR might help athletes generate more power, but it doesn’t have much of an effect on brain cells.
Tyrosine – 450mg
Tyrosine is another amino acid. But unlike Carnitine, Tyrosine has some serious nootropic power. Studies have shown that Tyrosine supplementation significantly improves cognitive performance in people subjected to extreme environmental stress. So far, we’ve seen that Tyrosine makes people perform better in mental tasks while being sleep deprived, subjected to extreme cold, placed in a very loud environment, and more. This makes Tyrosine the ideal choice for students or freelancers. Quantumind contains a very healthy 450mg.
Phenylethylamine – 350mg
Phenylethylamine is a trace amine. It is naturally occurring in the human body; it is found in very small quantities in the brain. Phenylethylamine acts as a potent central nervous system stimulant. It also acts as a modulator for the synthesis of serotonin and dopamine. However, supplementation is pointless – phenylethylamine has a half-life of about 30 seconds. Once it has crossed the blood brain barrier, it is rapidly broken down into inactive metabolites. Not an ideal nootropic stack ingredient to say the least.
Caffeine – 300mg
This one doesn’t need much of an explanation. Caffeine is an extremely powerful natural stimulant. It increases energy, heightens concentration, and reduces feelings of fatigue. It also increases motivation and drive. Large doses are to be avoided because of the unpleasant side effects – th3 300mg we get in Quantumind is far too much. More on this later.
Alpha Lipoic Acid – 275mg
ALA is a naturally-occurring compound; you’ll find small amounts in a wide variety of plants (e.g broccoli, spinach, yams, tomatoes, and more). It is widely used as a supplement because of its supposed antioxidant properties. ALA does seem to act as an antioxidant, but not a particularly strong one (at least not compared to some others on the market today). It is also involved in mitochondrial activity, just like Carnitine. But like with Carnitine, the benefits of taking ALA seem to be limited to athletic performance – it isn’t a powerful nootropic.
Alpha-GPC – 250mg
This is one of the single best natural nootropic substances in existence. Alpha-GPC is a cholinergic; it confers choline to the brain, which in turn increases acetylcholine synthesis. Acetylcholine is the brain’s primary executive neurotransmitter – it carries out everything from learning and memory formation to muscle contraction. Alpha-GPC rapidly increases focus, attention, learning capacity, and mind-muscle connectivity. Quantumind gives us 250mg, which is enough to see real improvements in cognitive function.
Ashwagandha – 200mg
Ashwagandha is an anxiolytic. This means that it reduces anxiety and the symptoms of stress. It does this primarily by reducing cortisol concentrations in the blood. There are now dozens of studies all attesting to ashwagandha’s ability to lower cortisol, and by extension, reduce stress and anxiety. It is safe and well-tolerated. As such, we could probably use a little more than the 200mg we get from Quantumind. But coupled with the massive dose of Tyrosine, 200mg is actually more than sufficient to reduce anxiety.
Phosphatidylserine – 175mg
Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid which makes up a staggering proportion of your brain cell membranes. Not only is phosphatidylserine a major constituent of brain cell membranes, but it is also involved in cell signalling. Specifically, phosphatidylserine tells your immune system when it is time for an ageing brain cell to die and be replaced by a new one. Unfortunately, phospholipid levels decline steadily as we age. Supplementation with phosphatidylserine is a great way to support good brain cell health – and good brain performance – over the long term.
L-Theanine – 150mg
L-Theanine is an amino acid found in high concentrations in black tea. It has a slight relaxant effect in humans. This is why you’ll often find it in sleep aids and mood boosters. It also helps to counter some of the worst effects of caffeine. Given the massive quantity of caffeine in Quantumind, we’re glad to see that it has some theanine too. But the dose is too low; we think to really take the edge off caffeine’s side effects, you need a theanine:caffeine ration of about 2:1.
Shilajit – 150mg
We have no idea why this stuff is here. It has practically no proven nootropic properties to speak of. Nor is it known to dramatically improve athletic performance. It is basically just a source of lots of different minerals (it is basically just a tar-like mineral substance). But like Himalayan Pink Salt, it only contains trace amounts of these minerals – not enough to really make a big difference to your performance. We’d have rather just had a nice big dose of magnesium.
Green tea Leaf Extract – 150mg
This is not the orthodox view, but we don’t think green tea is much of a nootropic. It isn’t much of a sports supplement either. Drinking green tea has numerous health benefits, but supplementing with extracts doesn’t do much. A high-EGCG extract might help burn fat, but that’s about it. If you want something full of antioxidants and theanine, just drink more green tea. You don’t need a premium brain supplement for that!
Panax Ginseng – 100mg
Panax Ginseng is typically used for its ability to promote subjective well-being, vitality, and testosterone levels in older men. It has long been used as a libido booster and fertility agent. However, its nootropic benefits appear to be quite limited. There is some evidence that it promotes feelings of contentment and well-being, as well as alleviating low mood. But it is not particularly powerful; not compared to things like Rhodiola rosea or Ashwagandha at least. Quantumind could just provide more Ashwagandha instead!
Hordenine – 75mg
We can’t quite believe that Filtered Formulas decided to add Hordenine to Quantumind. Hordenine is a phenethylamine compound. It is naturally occurring in some plants, as well as in small amounts in the human body.
Hordenine is an incredibly powerful stimulant. It rapidly increases energy levels and reduces the perception of fatigue. It seems to increase norepinephrine synthesis while reducing norepinephrine destruction. As you might imagine, side effects are extremely common. Overdoses can happen very easily. Basically, Hordenine is not something you want to be playing with. More on this later.
Black Pepper Extract – 10mg
Added to Quantumind to improve bioavailability and digestion of the other ingredients. A standard addition to premium brain supplements these days, although it is not strictly necessary.
Our Thoughts On The Quantumind Formula
Despite some great ingredients and some very generous serving sizes, we aren’t about to rush out and stock up on Quantumind.
In our opinion, it is a deeply flawed nootropic stack.
The main issue for us is the side effect risks. Quantumind contains a massive dose of caffeine coupled with a sizable serving of Hordenine, which is itself a powerful and side effect-prone stimulant. For a supplement not explicitly sold as a stimulant, this is really dangerous.
But we’ll talk about that in detail in the side effects section. There are other problems.
Quantumind contains several ingredients which don’t actually contribute to better cognitive function or significantly better athletic performance.
Shilajit is just a kind of over-hyped mineral salt. It has never been shown to improve any aspect of performance in clinical trials.
Phenylethylamine is completely useless as a supplement – with a half-life of 30-120 seconds, you aren’t going to get much out of this CNS stimulant.
ALCAR, Green Tea Extract, ALA, Panax Ginseng – these substances do not have any meaningful nootropic effects, and they don’t have any big effect on sports performance either.
Quantumind tries to be both a pre-workout and a nootropic. We don’t think it does either very well.
Whether your goal is to be better on the field or in class, there are better supplements out there for you.
Side Effects – Is Quantumind Safe?
As we mentioned above, our main problem with Quantumind is the fact that it looks highly dangerous.
This is especially true when you compare Quantumind to other natural nootropics, even those designed to increase energy and sports performance.
The first big concern is the 300mg of caffeine.
This is a massive dose of caffeine to consume in a single sitting. Even if you spread it over a day, that’s a lot of caffeine for anybody. For some context, 300mg of caffeine is a rough equivalent of 3-4 single shots of espresso.
The side effects of consuming this much caffeine will include:
- Stomach cramps
- Elevated heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty focusing
You need to be really careful that you aren’t accidentally over-dosing on caffeine. Calculate your current intake from tea, coffee, energy drinks, and other supplements before you try adding in more.
We doubt you can afford to take Quantumind if you’re already supplementing with caffeine.
Then there’s the 75mg of Hordenine to worry about.
Honestly, we think any amount of Hordenine is too much. It is a nasty stimulant which regularly causes side effects. These side effects are pretty similar to those related to caffeine use, but more focused on the cardiovascular system.
If you have a high risk of heart attack or stroke, DO NOT USE HORDENINE!
In Conclusion – Is Quantumind A Good Nootropic?
No matter what way you look at this one, it’s a poor choice of supplement.
Quantumind contains some fantastic nooropics. In most cases, the doses are ideal. Too generous even! We don’t doubt for a second that users of Quantumind will see rapid and significant increases in focus, learning capacity, memory function, and mental energy.
However, we DO NOT RECOMMEND Quantumind to any of you for two very good reasons.
The main reason is the serious side effect risks. We think it is highly likely that most users of Quantumind will experience side effects of some kind. The majority of people will probably experience some the more severe side effects.
The other reason is dead weight – lots of ingredients in Quantumind don’t actually contribute to better cognitive function or sports performance.
If you want results, invest in a more professional, full-spectrum nootropic. Quantumind is a waste of money and nowhere near worth the risks.
Brian Johnson is a former academic researcher, psychologist, and tireless proponent of bio-hacking. Brian has dedicated all of his time since leaving academia and private practice to promoting the benefits to be obtained from the application of biotechnology and bio-hacking supplements. He has years of experience with nootropics, as well as prebiotics, probiotics, and other natural nutritional supplements. He has published scholarly research on natural nootropics; you can find his papers on his Google Scholar page.