Here’s our Mind Lab Pro review: Does this brain booster actually boost the brain? Which parts of the brain – and, most importantly, how??
We put this brainhacking nootropic stack to the test, taking a full 30 days’ worth (one bottle) and then some, to see if Mind Lab Pro’s Universal Nootropic formula design delivers on its big brainy benefit: 100% Brainpower.
Off the bat, here’s what’s noteworthy about Mind Lab Pro: this nootropic supplement shies away from cheap stimulants and synthetics, even avoiding caffeine.
One major problem with the premade nootropic supplement industry is the overabundance of caffeine pills that masquerade as “limitless” brain health supplements. If caffeine’s all it takes to achieve supercharged brainpower! …well, we’d all be geniuses already.
Odds are, with or without these so-called “nootropic” caffeine pills, we’re already receiving more than enough daily caffeine through our normal diets.
So, by avoid caffeine (and all other stims), Mind Lab Pro delivers a nootropic formula that’s actually nootropic. Meaning that this stack actually promotes the underlying brain structures that facilitate cognition and mental performance.
And Mind Lab Pro does this with ingredients that are:
At once, Mind Lab Pro’s formula is both simple and diverse. Every ingredient counts in this formula and plays a particular role in the supplement’s overall design. Even the content that goes into constructing Mind Lab Pro’s capsules are of exceptional quality, removing any doubt that this supplement’s hiding something pernicious in the “Other Ingredients” list.
In this Mind Lab Pro review, we’re not simply stating whether we think this supplement is good or bad. Instead, we’re taking a more in-depth approach. In this review, we’ll discuss:
As well as a few closing thoughts.
From there you may better decide whether or not this brain booster is right for you.
Mind Lab Pro is a natural, stim-free brain booster. Whereas stimulants synthetically overwhelm the brain with unnatural cognitive energy, Mind Lab Pro optimizes the brain’s natural cognitive pathways.
Synthetic cognitive enhancers improve mental performance at the cost of brain health. Mind Lab Pro improves mental performance by enhancing the underlying structures of brain health.
It’s a nootropic supplement that boosts both short- and long-term cognitive enhancement measurements. And it does so by solely focusing on the key cognitive cogwheels necessary to make the mind turn:
Other big-name nootropic supplements boast a big game, claiming to comprehensively cover brain health with 30+ ingredients. Yet, this approach isn’t the best, namely because stacking that many ingredients risks negative ingredient interactions and nutrient-vs-nutrient absorption competition.
Mind Lab Pro’s simple, straightforward stack tackles only the brain pathways that matter, allowing everything else to fall into place naturally and without any synthetic intervention.
If a supplement hides its individual ingredient dosages, odds are the dosages are bad. Fortunately, Mind Lab Pro showcases all of its dosages, which look good. It’s one thing to have a smart selecting of ingredients. It’s another thing to have a smart selection of ingredients that are also adequately dosed.
Really, when you’re dealing with capsulated supplements, there’s no good reason to have any additives, except for those necessary to construct a capsule. FD&C colorants? Magnesium stearate? Don’t need. And Mind Lab Pro doesn’t have them.
Ingredient quality is also important, yet for the average buyer it’s not so obvious whether or not a supplement’s ingredients are all in top quality form. This is a question best suited for us supplement reviewers (hello!), and we’ll answer this question in the next section:
Altogether, Mind Lab Pro supplies 11 ingredients, including:
One of the best nootropic ingredients, if not the best, citicoline supplies two cognitive enhancing compounds: choline and cytidine.
Many brain health supplements supply choline, yet in its weaker, cheaper, ineffective form: choline bitartrate. The problem with this choline form is that it’s unable to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) to have much of an impact of cognitive health. Citicoline’s choline content does cross the BBB, successfully entering the brain where it converts to neurotransmitter acetylcholine and cell membrane part phosphocholine.
The cytidine, however, takes this nootropic to the next level. As the precursor to nucleotide uridine, cytidine helps promote brain energy production and synaptic plasticity, or neuron growth, for better brain connectivity and repair.
As part of the ancient Ayurvedic health tradition, Bacopa Monnieri is a legendary, time-tested, herbal brain booster with a multitude of mental health and performance benefits. Roughly speaking, Bacopa seems to help improve:
Truly a multipurpose nootropic.
However, take note: Bacopa monnieri requires ongoing daily supplementation to reach peak effect, as the herb’s bio-active compounds must accumulate before their bio-benefits are noticeable. Thankfully, Mind Lab Pro supplies a potent Bacopa extract, supplying a total of nine bio-active constituents, which may help reduce the time it takes to see nootropic results.
When you see Lion’s Mane Mushroom, the name makes absolute sense: this fungus in its natural state looks like a lion’s mane. And similar to its Bacopa extract, Mind Lab Pro supplies Lion’s Mane Mushroom in full spectrum form, delivering all of the fungus’ bio-active components.
Lion’s Mane is a unique nootropic ingredient. Few nootropics seem to possess neuroregenerative properties (i.e., promote brain cell growth) and even fewer natural nootropics seem to do the same. By boosting nerve growth factor (NGF) activity, Lion’s Mane Mushroom seems to improve synaptic plasticity, neuron repair, and overall cognitive longevity.
This fungal nootropic pairs well with the next nootropic (phosphatidylserine) as well as Mind Lab Pro’s maritime pine bark extract, which also seems to possess neuroregenerative properties.
Another awesome natural nootropic, Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid required for the construction and function of the cell membrane. Long associated with elderly brain health, this phospholipid seems to improve brain function for all ages, namely in the realms of memory, mood, attention, and stress resistance.
As we age, natural phosphatidylserine levels decline, which perhaps explains the compound’s association with elderly brain health. Yet, when supplemented daily, the general improvements on brain health are well worth the investment.
Whereas most supplements use soy-derived phosphatidylserine, Mind Lab Pro opts for the sunflower-derived stuff, a cleaner, green version of this impressive brain booster that goes by the name of Sharp-PS®.
While Bacopa monnieri requires ongoing daily supplementation to reach peak effect, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine works fast and to a noticeable degree, especially under conditions of stress and fatigue.
Here’s how this amino acid works: when overworked or overstressed, the brain burns through catecholamine neurotransmitters (e.g., dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine) to stay afloat. When catecholamine levels dry up, the brain burns out. As a precursor to catecholamines, L-tyrosine replenishes the body’s catecholamine stock, allowing the brain to work harder for longer.
For modafinil users, L-tyrosine is a practically a must-have, as modafinil tends to boost brain activity to quick catecholamine depletion. Mind Lab Pro is an awesome complement for such heavy duty “smart pill” cognitive enhancers.
Sourced from green tea leaves, L-theanine is an anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) amino acid that’s responsible for the calming effects associated with herbal teas.
Compared to other anxiolytic nootropics, L-theanine’s bio-activities remain somewhat shrouded in mystery. For one, this compound relaxes the mind without sedating it. And also when paired with stimulants, such as caffeine, L-theanine seems to have a synergistic effect, actually amplifying the focus sharpening benefits of the stimulant without negating its energy benefits.
In fact, when paired with, say, caffeine, L-theanine helps mitigate the jittery side effects while sustaining its mental performance effects. For this reason alone, L-theanine is one of the most favored nootropics within the nootropic community. It’s difficult to go back to plain ol’ joe when you’ve had a cup of the L-theanine-enriched stuff.
Few supplements, nootropic or otherwise, work as well or as quickly as Rhodiola rosea, an anti-stress adaptogen that, according to Siberian folklore, will allow you to live 100 years.
Stress is a real killer. In short spurts, stress is great, insomuch that it keeps us on our toes and our muscles moving and our hearts beating. However, chronic stress – what we usually refer to when we talk about “stress” – is a metabolic nightmare. Chronic stress slowly yet significantly deteriorates health and wellbeing, negatively impacting brain structure and performance.
By regulating stress hormone cortisol activity, Rhodiola helps disrupt a downward spiraling stress cycle, warding off stress and fatigue long enough for us to get back on track. Mentally, Rhodiola clears brain fog. Physically, this adaptogen restores muscular energy and endurance to competitive levels.
Sort of an X-factor ingredient to this stack, Maritime Pine Bark Extract is backed by loads of promising research, yet not too many nootropic supplements have picked up on this herbal extract. With maritime pine bark extract, Mind Lab Pro possesses significant neuroprotective and neuroregenerative potential.
Supplying a rich source of antioxidants called proanthocyanidins, maritime pine bark assists with cognitive health and performance by reducing the harmful, aging effects of oxidative stress across the body while also improving blood flow to the brain. Through an unknown bio-pathway, maritime pine bark extract also seems to significantly improve attention under conditions of ADD/ADHD and hyperactivity. Plus, the extract seems to increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) activity for enhanced neuroregeneration.
All around, maritime pine bark extract is a big-time brain booster.
Mind Lab Pro offers a mini-complex of three B vitamins, including:
Not all vitamins are equal, which is why format and potency are so important. By supplying these three B vitamins in enhanced, nature-identical, BioGenesis™ patented forms, Mind Lab Pro may better deliver their brain benefits, which include better mood, better neurochemical status, better blood flow, and better energy production.
As co-factors to the conversion of L-tyrosine to other catecholamines, these B vitamins have a synergistic effect with the rest of Mind Lab Pro’s formula.
You may have noticed that many of the ingredients in Mind Lab Pro’s formula have brand names associated with them – e.g., Cognizin®, Sharp-PS® Green, Suntheanine®, etc. Not only are the brand names a sign of exceptional quality but they also indicate that these particular ingredient forms have underwent a greater degree of research and testing than your run-of-the-mill ingredient types.
For example, the Cognizin® brand of citicoline is backed by the most promising clinical research. Research that doesn’t necessarily apply to off-brand citicoline. Likewise, even Mind Lab Pro’s herbal extracts, such as Rhodiola’s 3% rosavins, 1% salidrosides extract, are held to the same concentration standards observed in clinical research.
Many supplement manufacturers cut corners on ingredient quality, yet they still claim the health benefits clinically associated with their ingredients. This is disingenuous. Which is why we’re amped to see Mind Lab Pro staying true to the research.
We’ve experienced zero side effects with Mind Lab Pro. Frankly, we’d have been surprised if this stack came with any side effects, given how clean its formula is. Inside and out, Mind Lab Pro offers a clean product, delivered an all-natural, vegan formula encased in all-natural, vegan Plantcaps® capsules.
Gluten-free, non-GMO, soy-free – the works.
Not that having a totally vegan supplement is required by all supplement users. However, for both vegans and non-vegans alike, it’s a definite bonus, as these types of supplements tend to leave all the unnecessary, junky additives out of their products. All those FD&C colorants and fillers and who-knows-what.
If you’re currently on medication or have a unique medical history, then, sure, it’s perhaps smart to consult with a physician. However, this is a uniquely safe and effective formula, one that offers natural health enhancement rather than risky, synthetic stimulation.
And the company has a good track record as well, which is always a good thing.
In short, better thinking. Calm focus is another way to put. Or composed concentration backed by quick-recall memory. Any mix of those words – focus, calm, composure, memory – accurately describes the Mind Lab Pro experience.
Personally, we found Mind Lab Pro effective at improving:
Endurance is a particularly big one here. Even writing these articles can be a mentally draining task. About late-afternoon, the brain practically shuts off, telling the mind: No more, I can’t write another word.
Not so much with Mind Lab Pro.
With Mind Lab Pro, you’ll mentally sharp and quick-witted all day, well into the evening. And even if you decide to take a serving in the evening, you’ll have no worries about losing sleep, as Mind Lab Pro’s unique stim-free formula design does not impair sleep quality whatsoever.
In fact, the ingredients that help boost daytime focus (e.g., L-theanine) also assist with nighttime sleep quality. Seems almost paradoxical when you think about it, but it’s true. Simply put, Mind Lab Pro optimizes brain health and performance across-the-board.
You can buy Mind Lab Pro at the Mind Lab Pro website: link here.
If there’s one thing preventing Amazon from truthfully claiming to “sell everything,” it’s Mind Lab Pro’s unique absence from the Amazon marketplace. Cheap, counterfeit supplements are an issue in the internet era. So, the fact that Mind Lab Pro only sells through the company’s website is a major reassurance on the customer’s end.
Mind Lab Pro offers a risk-free, “empty bottle,” money-back guarantee. From the website’s F.A.Q. page: “Use Mind Lab Pro® for 30-days (up to 1 bottle) and if you are not satisfied, simply return the empty bottle within 60 days for a prompt and full product refund (minus any shipping costs).”
The mind is a mystery. And sometimes the mind is even worse than a mystery: it’s a stubborn asshole that won’t cooperate with our daily goals and ambitions.
Natural nootropics help us gain mastery over our minds, allowing us to use our mental faculties to a much more productive, healthier degree without the follow-up crash or brain burnout usually associated with synthetic smart pills.
Mind Lab Pro’s perhaps one of the best – if not the best – examples of this principle. The supplement delivers hard-hitting nootropics that actually promote structural brain health while amplifying performance. It’s a true game changer and a must-have for any competitive thinker, athlete, academic – really, anyone with a brain.