Boost Introduction

Boost Introduction

Our mission at Queal is to make lives more effective through nutritional solutions. Today I’d like to introduce you to the latest product in our line-up created to reach this goal; The Queal Boost.

The Queal Booster is a science-based supplement that gives you a mental edge. One serving a day, taken with breakfast or lunch, will give you a noticeable boost in focus and cognitive abilities.

The perfect combination with your Queal meal.

Where a Queal meal provides you with all essential nutrients, Queal Boost provides non-essential but positive impact nutrients, targeted specifically at positive cognitive effects.

This blog will only give a short overview of what the Boost is about. You can always click through to specific ingredients for more explanation on how the Boost works, and what it’s made of!

Nootropics

Nootropics are an up-and-coming thing at the moment. Specific compounds that are thought to have a significant impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of how one’s brain works. It is currently somewhere in the grey area between pseudoscience and actual science.

Here at Queal we’ve taken a hard look at the research into all manner of nootropic compounds and tried to sort the wheat from the chaff.

What we found was that there are several (non-essential) nutrients that have been proven to have several very noticeable cognitive enhancing effects! We’ve taken the best-of-the-best and compiled them into one serving: The Queal Boost. It’s a more realistic and real-world version of the Limitless pill from that movie with Bradley Cooper (or the, sadly, short-lived TV show on CBS).

What does it do?

Mix one scoop of the powder with your morning Queal meal, and you can expect to experience an increase in focus and a drastic reduction in reaction time.[1][2][3][4][5][6] You’ll have an easier time quickly switching between different mental tasks, and will experience an increase in general cognitive ability.[7][8] The Queal Boost also improves cognition and motivation, by means of reducing anxiety and stress.[9][10][11][12][13] If you’re using the Boost regularly for a longer period of time, it’s also very likely to improve your mental health in the long term (reducing cognitive decline), and might even improve your memory.[14][15]

We know those are some far-out claims! To take a look at all the research behind it, and get a more in-depth explanation on the studies behind this, click through to the other informative blogs below.

Read more about all the effects of the Queal Boost here.

Read more about our stance on science-based nutrition and research with regard to the Boost here.

So what’s in it?

A selection of nootropic and neuroprotective compounds and a superfood. To be precise:

  • Guarana; A fruit from a South American tree, dried and powdered.
  • L-Theanine; An amino acid found mostly in green tea.
  • CDP-Choline; A naturally occurring compound that the body breaks down into useful bio-neurological building blocks.
  • Ashwagandha; An adaptogenic herb, often used in traditional Indian medicine.


Click on the various components to learn more about them and the benefits they provide!


Maintain a Calm Focus and High Mental Energy

The Queal Boost contains a fair bit of caffeine. This stimulant creates a sense of amped up focus and mental energy.[1][2] By combining the caffeine (from Guarana) with L-Theanine you achieve a relaxed calm focus, allowing a very peaceful sense of staying on-task.[16]

It’s hard to describe without trying it for yourself. You’ll know it when it hits you.

read more about the increase in focus here

Improve Reaction Time

This combination of Guarana and L-Theanine in the Booster has also been shown to significantly decrease reaction time in all sorts of tasks, and the capability to more quickly switch between different mental tasks.[16]

Improve Learning and Memory both Short- and Long-Term

Aside from achieving a more productive mindset, the booster also provides you with various nutrients that have been shown to be highly useful in improving learning and memory. CDP-Choline, for example, breaks down in the body to Choline and Uridine, both of which are known for their neuroprotective capabilities. There is also some early research suggesting some enhanced learning effects, though the efficacy of these claims are as of yet untested.

A study into the aforementioned Guarana also suggests that there may be a cognitive enhancing aspect of Guarana that is independent of the caffeine content (rat study only).[17]

Reduce Anxiety/Stress and Improve Motivation (as a result)

The addition of Ashwagandha in the Queal Boost provides several bio-neurological compounds that have been shown to reduce cortisol levels, the most well-established marker for stress and anxiety.[9][10][11][12][13] Ashwagandha was also shown to improve motivation, though this appears to be an effect of the lowered anxiety and not a result of Ashwagandha supplementation per se.[11]

Lastly, there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence of Ashwagandha improving sleep quality, an important aspect of a productive day. Though this mostly concerns rat-studies[18][19][20], as well as a human study that was not blinded.[21]

Reduce Cognitive Decline

There’s ample research showing that the various compounds in the Queal Boost can have a significant neuroprotective effect, helping to reduce cognitive decline.[14][15] The idea here is that starting early with long-term supplementation of these nutrients can push back the effects of ageing on our memory.

 

Read more about all the effects of the Queal Boost here.

Read more about our stance on science-based nutrition and research with regard to the Boost here.

Visit our webshop to order your nootropics. Experience that calm focus for yourself. Check it out!
BOOST - CALM FOCUS
Boost nootropics pot

 

References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20859802

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21401496

[3] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091305704002710

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16533867

[5] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666307004023

[6] http://file.scirp.org/pdf/FNS20120600007_87495447.pdf

[7] http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/147683008X301513

[8] http://www.scielo.br/pdf/babt/v48n5/26607.pdf

[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23439798

[10] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21407960

[11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19718255

[12] http://www.enaonline.org/files/artikel/205/JANA%20Vol.11_May%2031%202008.pdf

[13] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19789214

[14] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0166223696818613

[15] http://wurtmanlab.mit.edu/static/pdf/1051.pdf

[16] http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/147683008X301513

[17] http://www.scielo.br/pdf/babt/v48n5/26607.pdf

[18] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17585686

[19] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21369449

[20] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22546655

[21] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23125505

 

Queal Boost: Our Research Explained

So, you’re interested in the Queal Boost. But you’re perhaps a bit sceptical about the effects, or our research methodology. Fair enough! I’m a sceptic at heart too.

Nootropics

When the idea of a nootropic product first came up in our product development meetings, I was highly sceptical. I’d heard of nootropics; the brain boosters, the “Limitless-pills”. It sounded like absolute bullshit. I didn’t really think we should meddle with such pseudo-science.

So, of course, I was tasked with diving into the research and finding out the truth about these things.

And what I found… was that it was indeed, for the most part, absolute hooey. Or to be more precise; Most of the claims for these so-called nootropic compounds were based on very limited research. Usually one study, usually on rats, not humans, and surprisingly often it wasn’t even a controlled study.

However, I also found some interesting nutrients/compounds that had actual science backing it up…

Evidence-based nutrition

Our requirements for an ascribed cognitive effect to be actually ascertained was very simple and very strict: Multiple independent studies, double-blind and placebo-controlled, on actual human beings (e.g. no rat-studies). We also checked the studies weren’t funded by organisations with a clear economic incentive for a particular outcome.

In other words, each compound we put in the Queal Boost has been researched:

  • Multiple times, by multiple different people and organisations
  • On humans, not other animals
  • The studies were performed with a double-blind and placebo controlled methodology
  • The outcome had a statistically significant positive cognitive effect
  • There were no major downsides or negative effects noted

 

To take a look at the actual research papers or a clear overview of the research we found per component of the Queal Boost, see the sources above.

To learn more about nootropics, visit our definitive guide on nootropics.

 

 

Floris Wolswijk

MSc in Industrial & Organisational Psychology. Floris has started two companies before. In his student life, he was President of his Study Association and Director of a Student Strategy Consultancy. He participates in obstacle runs and has energy for two. Getting the right things done is what he gets up for in the morning.

4 Comments
  • Peter

    25th April 2017 at 7:59 am Reply

    Hi
    Does it have any flavour or is it rather neutral? With how much water in average is it mixed? Just wondering about using only the boost since I don’t drink the meals daily.
    tnx

    • Floris Wolswijk

      25th April 2017 at 12:25 pm Reply

      Hi Peter,

      The flavour is neutral 🙂 And it mixes perfectly with a normal cup (200ml+) of your favourite drink 🙂

  • Jeppe Benneballe Møller

    13th May 2017 at 4:13 pm Reply

    That’s alot of refrence material to read through. But the fact that you makes it easely available is a good sign. It shown you don’t try to sell us a hokus-pokus cure. I’m not gonna belive it’s effectivness before i’ve read the research you provided, but i’m sure it’l be a great part of my queal diate.

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