Introduction to Mind 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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.