Mind Lab Pro Review Summary
This is easily the best natural nootropic stack our team have reviewed so far. Personally, I was so impressed with this stuff that it has now become my regular stack, which I take every morning with a DHA/EPA supplement and a hot cup of coffee.
Mind Lab Pro has an incredibly well balanced and thorough formula. The manufacturers have gone the extra mile when it comes to ensuring quality of product and service. For most of our team, once Mind Lab really gained momentum, it kept us at a significantly higher level of cognitive functioning round the clock. A superb nootropic.
Where to buy Mind Lab Pro
Mind Lab Pro is only available from the manufacturer. Be sure to check out the multi-buy options: these can get the bottles as low as $48.75: mindlabpro.com
Full Mind Lab Pro Review
Mind Lab Pro was launched in late 2015 by Opti Nutra Advanced Nutraceuticals.
On visiting their website, you get the immediate impression that they’re a serious outfit.
Clearly, they expect to be in business for a long time, which is always a comforting sign.
To quote the website, taking two capsules per day can:
- Improve concentration and focus
- Enhance problem solving abilities
- Help you generate thoughts faster
- Make you feel sharper and more mentally alert
Those are some pretty big claims for a natural nootropic stack. However, with a 30-day money back guarantee and a boatload of positive experiences on social media, this supplement clearly has something to it.
Our review team took Mind Lab Pro for a 30 day test run. Here’s our full review.
Mind Lab Pro ingredients
Mind Lab Pro contains 11 ingredients. All of them are completely natural, and they are contained in a 100% plant-based, vegan friendly capsule.
This is really great for any vegetarians who don’t want to be ingesting semi-synthetic polymers on a daily basis. Mind Lab Pro is one of the few supplements to go the extra mile in this regard.
Rather than fill their website with vague claims about Mind Lab Pro being the next Limitless pill, Opti Nutra emphasise the quality manufacturing that has gone into their product.
We are told that all of the herbal extracts in Mind Lab Pro have been “extracted from plants growing in regions where soil is virtually free of heavy metals and other contaminants”.
Paying close attention to small but crucial details like this is exactly what I expect from a good supplement. Even small quantities of heavy metals (such as mercury and lead) can cause serious damage to your physical and mental health.
What about the ingredients themselves?
So, let’s take a look at the formula. Here’s a shot of the full Mind Lab Pro ingredient list, as seen on the box:
Here’s a breakdown of what these ingredients do to help boost mental performance:
Cognizin (250mg): Cognizin is a patented form of Citicoline, or CDP-Choline. CDP-Choline is one of three choline containing phospholipids that you can take orally, the other two being Alpha-GPC and phosphatidylcholine.
It works as a pro-drug for both choline and uridine, making it one hell of a compound in nootropic terms. Potential benefits range from great neurotransmitter availability and enhance memory, to more efficient cell membrane synthesis.
Phosphatidylserine (100mg): PS is structurally very similar to dietary fat, although it is in fact an amino acid derivative. It is found in abundance in neural tissue. It is therefore obviously a crucial factor in encouraging healthy neural cell growth. A vital ingredient for any stack that wants to contribute towards lasting improvements in mental performance.
Hericium Erinaceus (500mg): Also known as Lion’s Mane Mushroom extract, this stuff is really fascinating me at the moment. It has long been used in Chinese herbal medicine, but recent studies have shown that it can stimulate the production of nerve growth factor.
Rhodiola Rosea (50mg): The nootropic properties of this herbal extract have some robust empirical support. Both clinical studies and a mountain of anecdotal data attest to its ability to reduce stress, aid sleep, and promote general well-being.
N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine (175mg): Tyrosine is an amino acid that is closely associated with the production of some key neurotransmitters. Lack of sleep and stress both lead to a depletion in norepinephrine levels. Norepinephrine is a ‘fight or flight’ hormone. Tyrosine supplementation has been shown to prevent norepinephrine depletion, as well as reducing the symptoms of stress and sleeplessness more generally.
Vitamin B6 (2.5mg): Vitamin B6 plays an important role in energy synthesis. B vitamin deficiency is closely correlated with mental decline, particularly in older people. 2.5mg gives you just over your RDI.
Bacopa Monnieri (45% bacosides – 150mg): A powerful anti-oxidant that is currently undergoing closer clinical trials to examine its memory enhancing properties. This is a great ingredient, and should be included in any serious nootropic stack.
L-Theanine (100mg): An amino acid typically procured from tea leaves. L-Theanine is abundant in green tea. It is thought that this is why green tea makes people feel so alert yet relaxed at the same time.
Some leading researchers in this field have also been positing that L-Theanine’s ability to induce Alpha Waves can actually make people more creative. This dual mechanism makes it an ideal nootropic ingredient.
Pterostilbene (500 ug): Another anti-oxidant that helps prevent free radicals from causing damage to your brain cells. This should work symbiotically with Bacopa to keep your brain in peak health.
Vinpocetine (6mg): Vinpocetine is a sorely under-studied nootropic substance. Various studies have observed it improving memory, reducing reaction time, and improving brain blood flow. It is thought to act as an effective neuroprotective agent. However, benefits are usually observed at dosages higher than 6mg.
Vitamin B12 (7.5ug): A staple among nootropic stacks, this vitamin is vital for maintaining proper energy levels; both mental and physical. More importantly for nootropic enthusiasts, B12 plays an essential role in maintaining the proper functioning of the central nervous system. It promotes the formation of healthy neural sheaths, which guarantee the proper functioning of your neurons.
How Does Mind Lab Pro Work?
The supplement takes a comprehensive approach to enhancing cognitive function, delivering improvements in both short and long-term brain function.
As far as we can tell, the manufacturers have included as much of each ingredient as they possibly can without making side effects too much of a concern.
Six key factors of mental performance are addressed by its formula: neurotransmitter availability, mental energy, brain hypertrophy, brain circulation, brain cell protection, and mood.
Take Citicoline (as Cognizin) as an example. A 250mg dose is perfect for gradually building up acetylcholine and uridine levels over time, without exposing yourself to the risks associated with taking larger doses in one go.
The same can also be said about the Bacopa monnieri content.
Bacopa monnieri is now a well-understood nootropic substance. Numerous studies have found that individuals who supplement with bacopa for a number of weeks (usually between 6 weeks and 3 months) experience significantly improved learning and memory capabilities.
Some nootropic users will take as much as 300mg of Bacopa monnieri on a daily basis. Mind Lab Pro offers a dose half that size.
Does that mean that it is an under-dosed stack? I don’t think so.
300mg may be the dose taken by users of home-made stacks, but above 200mg the risk of gastrointestinal side effects increases rapidly.
Studies have found that similar learning and memory benefits can be achieved by taking 150-200mg daily (as found in Mind Lab Pro), and you will be almost eliminating the risk of stomach cramps.
One of the most important ingredients in Mind Lab Pro is undoubtedly the Lion’s Mane extract.
Our review team were skeptical about this substance at first, but as more studies emerge attesting to its potential as a memory-enhancer, we are becoming increasingly convinced that this ingredient plays a big part in making Mind Lab Pro so effective.
We have spoken at length about Lion’s Mane elsewhere on this site, so there’s no need to go into too much detail here.
To put it simply, Lion’s Mane encourages the production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). Invreasing the production of NGF can directly promote the proliferation of new neural cells.
This means that Mind Lab Pro encourages the brain to make long term adaptations to the higher level of functioning that it reaches with the help of the other ingredients.
The vinpocetine dose could perhaps be higher for me. In many studies, benefits weren’t apparent when dosage fell below 10mg. Vinpocetine also leaves the blood stream fairly rapidly, which means it won’t have much time to build up.
However, vinpocetine’s main mechanisms are well complimented by other ingredients in the stack, meaning that Mind Lab can probably do a lot more with much less.
So, all in all, Mind Lab Pro offers a superb formula. It works very gradually, and it is in every sense a long-term nootropic designed for everyday consumption.
The main ingredients are dosed perfectly, and you have room to as much as double the dosage if you want to, although I think you’ll experience some diminishing returns if you do. MLP is dosed pretty close to perfectly, so taking above the recommended dose will probably be a waste of supplement.
My experiences with Mind Lab Pro
I can honestly say that Mind Lab Pro is one of the most effective supplements for elevating your cognitive performance to peak levels that I have ever taken.
I was certainly very excited to get my first bottle, having spent so long picking apart the formula and finding nothing but good things to say about it.
It arrived, as promised, in 1 working day, and I started taking it right away.
Of course, at first I noticed very little. I was perhaps a little less shrouded in brain fog early in the morning, but there were certainly no major effects to speak of. I went about my days as I usually do.
This is what we should expect from natural nootropics. They do not kick in right away (unless they contain stimulants). Rather, it takes a couple of days to really notice any benefit. And benefits I did feel.
On my fourth day of taking Mind Lab, I began to notice some significant, albeit subtle improvements.
From the very beginning of my day, even before I’d had my coffee and capsules for the day, I was already aware that I was more alert and clear-headed than usual.
The fog that follows me around for the first 2 hours of every day was completely gone, and I was entirely focused on the day at hand.
As soon as I settled down into work it became clear that Mind Lab was having a positive effect on my cognitive performance.
I ploughed through complicated case studies and wrote up technical data sheets like there was no tomorrow. By midday, I was still charging through my to-do list; a very rare occurrence for me.
Of course, they never reached a point where I could really “feel” them. This is where natural nootropic stacks always win over prescription attention drugs for me. I was noticeably more attentive, focused, and my thinking was incredibly concise, but I was only ever aware of this because of how much more I was able to get done.
This stands in stark contrast to things like modafinil; take that stuff and you know you’re on drugs. With natural nootropic stacks like Mind Lab Pro, the main effects are in output, not perception.
The best way I can describe your brain on Mind Lab Pro is by comparing to running after carb-loading. You aren’t any faster or fitter when running on a relatively empty stomach, but you definitely see better results if you stock up on pasta the night before. You may not feel the difference, but it shows in your running time. Mind Lab Pro works in much the same way.
Mind Lab Pro Side Effects
Not a single member of our review team experienced any side effects during their initial 30 day test run.
I am yet to experience any unwanted side effects when taking Mind Lab Pro, and I take this supplement on a regular basis.
Everyone is different of course, but looking at the Mind Lab Pro formula, I think it’s unlikely that the vast majority of users will experience anything negative.
As always though, consult with a doctor before you put anything new into your body, even if it is a well-tested, all-natural product like Mind Lab Pro.
Mind Lab Pro – Value For Money?
A single bottle of Mind Lab Pro, bought as a one-off, costs $65.00. In my opinion, that isn’t particularly expensive for such a potent supplement.
However, buying a single bottle isn’t the best way to get the most out of Mind Lab Pro. It isn’t the best way to take any nootropic for that matter.
In my experience, the customer service is first class. If you have any problems, just get in touch and a real person will get back to you asap.
Mind Lab Pro review conclusion
Mind Lab Pro is the best natural nootropic stack I have ever used. I now take it on a regular basis with DHA/EPA capsules and a hot cup of coffee every morning.
It has been incredibly effective at improving my cognitive function without me even being aware that I’m taking anything. That is everything I want from a natural stack, and Mind Lab Pro delivered.
I would suggest this supplement to anyone looking for a reliable way to improve their focus, memory, mental energy and processing speed without any of the troublesome side effects that come with taking prescription pharmaceuticals.
At $195.00 for a four month supply, this stuff is excellent value.