Mind Lab Pro vs Alpha Brain – Two Great Nootropics

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Introduction to Mind Lab Pro vs Alpha Brainmind lab pro vs alpha brain

A couple of years ago these two stacks were mentioned everywhere and questions on which was the best-produced plenty off talk.  Well, a few years later and people are still asking the same question so I am going to refresh the debate with my Mind Lab Pro vs Alpha Brain comparison.

They both do very similar things like improving your ability to retain memories, your memory recall and improve focus etc.  They have their similarities but are very different too.

When it comes to nootropics we know one thing, everyone is different and one thing works for one person and maybe not another.  This comparison may find just that or one better than the other.

We’ll see what I think by the end of this article.  I’m going to compare ingredients for their potency, how pure they may be, and of course are they worth the money.

Mind Lab Pro


The first thing to say about Mind Lab Pro is that it is an all natural commercial blend.  Their focus in designing it was to produce a product that would improve cognitive performance such as your mindset, motivation, creativity, and memory.  To also enhance your learning ability and recall, your cognitive speed, and focus.  It’s gone one step further to be a powerful antioxidant to help protect your brain cells from oxidative damage.

This goal is pretty lofty and so they have proclaimed Mind Lab Pro to be the First Universal Stack.

For most of us, knowing a bit about the company and the approach to the product is a plus.  Mind Lab pro you may be happy to know manufactured in GMP certified facilities. is gluten-free, vegan-friendly, non-allergenic, and has no GMO’s.  Every batch is tested prior to going out.

They also stand by a 30-day guarantee.  Return it if you are not satisfied and you will get a full refund.


This is a very comprehensive formula they have come up with and it does deliver as planned and hoped by the user.

Here’s what should catch your eye in the list of ingredients:

  • Cognizin® (branded CDP-Choline) over Alpha-GPC
  • Bacopa monnieri extract standardized to 9 bioactives
  • Lion’s Mane Mushroom at 500mg, that’s a great amount
  • All ingredients are branded
  • They use Plantcaps®
  • No allergens, non-GMO, vegan-friendly

I think when you look at this you can see that Optinutra sets the bar pretty high when it comes to quality control.  The ingredients are of the highest quality (not easy).  Nothing is ordinary in this list of ingredients.  Nothing at all.

short-term focus increase, long-term memory enhancement, and physical brain development support are covered.  I like the addition of Maritime Pine Bark.  You can read about what Maritime Pine Bark adds to Mind Lab Pro here!

The Pros

  • The amount of every single ingredient is marked on the label
  • Very high quality well-known and studied ingredients
  • No additives
  • Fully tested for allergens, GMOs, pesticides and herbicides
  • Good price

To find out more about Mind Lab Pro, you can read my full review article here!


Alpha Brain

Onnit has a habit of coming up with some pretty high-quality supplements. They are known for using only natural earth grown ingredients including this blend, their best nootropic yet and there have been 2 clinical trials on humans that showed ‘statistical significance on multiple areas of cognition’.

Alpha Brain is a fully balanced Nootropic or a “brain vitamin.” This formula focuses on increasing the neurotransmitter in the brain called Acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter is directly responsible for focus, mental acuity, drive, memory function, clearing mental fog, and even plays a role in REM sleep regulation. Alpha Brain increases your maximum mental functioning, while also keeping you honed and intently focused. Alpha Bain comes in 3 different blends. Flow, Focus, and fuel.

Once Joe Rogan got involved and endorsed Alpha Brain, sales took off and it for a while was the most popular commercial nootropic stack on the market.

Onnit Alpha Brain Review


mind lab pro vs alpha brain

The ingredients as you can see are all natural as is one of the big selling features of Alpha Brain.  Everything is gluten-free, vegetarian, no caffeine just like Mind Lab Pro, and is non-GMO.

Problem is the proprietary blend.  How do we know the actual amounts of each ingredient?  Kind of important huh?

Here are some things to point out on the label

  • Cat’s Claw (as ac-11®):  ac-11® has been shown in clinical studies to actually repair damaged DNA & helps the body combat free radicals.
  • Oat Straw Extract: It can reduce the risk of heart disease, increase your energy, reduce anxiety, and improve physical/sexual performance.
  • Pterostilbene: Pterostilbene protects you against memory loss, high cholesterol, high blood pressure levels and even certain types of cancer. It’s also a great antioxidant.

I am a bit disappointed in some shortcomings of this blend:

  • Vitamin B6 – Why not Pyridoxal 5 Phosphate.
  • Herbal Extracts: They don’t fully show the content of these extracts.
  • L-Tyrosine – What about N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine.

To find more about Alpha Brain you can read my full review article here!

Mind Lab Pro?

Looking at the quality and how strong they are I think Mind Lab Pro comes out on top and not many people would disagree with me there.  Every ingredient is fully disclosed with doses on the back of the label and you can clearly see why they are there.

Alpha Brain?

I don’t like the proprietary blend and neither too many others.  Why and what are they hiding if anything.  If they don’t have anything to hide what gives?  I can’t see them worrying about theft.

Given that, what we can see is very good and reading their web site they let you know why they have chosen what they have. There is a good reason Alpha Brain is still one of the more popular commercial nootropic stacks. Onnit with Alpha Brain gives you great nootropics to enhance your brain in the short-term and long-term.


To Wrap it Up

I like them both.  Alpha Brain was first on the market and Mind Lab Pro came later and had the fortune to look at what was out there to get ideas on and improve upon.

That said I consider a big difference between them is Onnit’s use of proprietary blends.  In this day and age especially in the supplement business, there doesn’t seem to be a big reason or it.  I think people want to know how much of something they are putting in their bodies, but maybe not because is a great seller.

Opti Mind discloses everything about their blend and puts it out there on the label for everyone to see.  This is what Onnit should have done (my opinion).

Now I look at the quality of ingredients and see that Alpha Brain is no slouch with their ingredients, but they seem to use more common forms whereas Mind Lab Pro has gone the extra mile with their amazing quality.

Both Alpha Brain and Mind Lab Pro are great sellers and have received and still do receive great reviews.  When I spent some time looking at user reviews I barely found a winner and it wasn’t that clear.  I am careful looking at user reviews because of the fakes out there, but the one on top is Mind Lab Pro, not for the number of positive reviews, but the percentage of good over bad was higher than Alpha Brain.

I will choose Mind Lab Pro not because I think it works better than Alpha Brain, but because of the proprietary blends and their use of common forms of ingredients.  They could have done better there.

Either way, both are very good nootropic stacks and I would recommend either one to anyone.

15 thoughts on “Mind Lab Pro vs Alpha Brain – Two Great Nootropics”

  1. Hi,

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  2. This is an extremely in-depth article with plenty of information on Mind Lab Pro vs Alpha Brain. They both definitely do have their advantages – mainly speaking as a person of the older generation, I could be doing with something to help me with my memory and general day-to-day brain-work 🙂 I like how Mind Lab Pro offer a full refund if you’re not fully satisfied. Providing you remember where you got them of course haha!! But seriously, who wouldn’t need a little memory help? Great article, thank you. 

  3. This is a great article. I have not heard about Mind Lab Pro and Alpha Brain before now. This write up will be very much helpful to the many who are in need  of it especially elderly ones. These two drugs do majorly the same thing. It’s definitely a must share article with friends and family who might need it. Are they (Mind Lab Pro and Alpha Brain) available in the USA? 

    are they available in local stores?

  4. Thank you for taking your time writing about Mind Lab Pro vs Alpha Brain. I have seen both products over the internet but never really have the time to look into them. 

    Now I feel that I need more than just a coffee to get through my days, wish I can get more sleep but hey it is life 🙂 I am going to check Mind Lab Pro out since it has better quality with a reasonable price. Cheers to the healthy brain!

  5. Hello Stew, this is interesting. This is my first time of coming across Mind lab Pro and Alpha brain. It is great to know that they both have the ability of helping one retain memories. Reading through your article,  I quite agree with you that the quality of ingredients used by Mind Lab Pro is way better in terms of quality compared to that of Alpha Brain. Thanks for giving me the opportunity of knowing about these two wonderful products.

  6. If I were to judge I would prefer the Mind Lab pro over Alpha brain.  They did a better underground work and research. Secondly Dr.  Paul’s short presentation in the video you shared made me to love mind lab pro. Their branding is better overall. Thank you for such an engaging post.

    • Mind Lab Pro is an extremely popular product and does have the edge although Alpha Brain is a great product as well and has a large following.

      Thanks for the comment, Paschal.  I appreciate it

  7. First off, I know nothing about any of this. I didn’t even know they existed. Now I’m excited. I know a snippet about brain waves and how they differ in type and function. I like listening to audio that has different wave patterns embedded. I was totally unaware that there were supplements out there that were so specific, especially in regards to memory and focus etc. How awesome, not only that, they are made up of natural substances. Win win. Your review has given me a clear understanding of what is available and how they work. I like that you clarify that each of us is different and may get diverse results from each other. If I had to make a choice in purchasing I would definitely follow your reviews findings. Really appreciate it ,thank you.

  8. I’m always learning something new from your site, Stew, and this article comparing Mind Lab Pro vs Alpha Brain nootropics is no exception. My only “issue” is that I don’t understand in every instance what constitutes a “better” ingredient choice over another (for example, I don’t fully understand why there is “nothing ordinary at all” about Mind Lab Pro’s ingredients — though obviously it’s a good thing — or know why you question Alpha Brain’s use of L-Tyrosine instead of N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine). BUT, that said, you are obviously passionate about and understand nootropics inside and out, so I trust your summations and your questioning. I appreciate that you have the drive to “do the work” for people like me who want to make good choices but aren’t necessarily inclined to learn all this as in-depth as you. Because, at the end of the day, I personally don’t care about the difference between L-Tyrosine and N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine clinically speaking…I just want to know what is safest and works best! Unfortunately I am definitely seeing a need in myself for some kind of “cognitive enhancement” supplement to help with mental focus, memory retention, and a bit of a “lift” to the overall mood and motivation level. Between stress, environmental toxins, and our less-than-ideally-nutritious food supply, I think supplementation for optimal health and well-being — mentally and physically — is only going to become more and more necessary over time. I’m glad to have someone with your obvious passion and expertise providing such valuable guidance as we head in that direction. Please keep up the good work!

    • Sorry for the late response.  Been sick and out of the loop for a week.

      Anyway, differences between ordinary and better is a lot of chemistry.  Patented versions come out that do a little better.  When we see stacks that don’t include the ‘better’ nootropics in them we wonder why.  That isn’t to say they don’t work, they do and in this case, both these stacks are extremely popular and safe.

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