It’s not that I think you’re dumb, per se. That’s not why I’m writing this review on a brain-boosting supplement that I think you should take right now to help you think better thoughts. I’m not saying you’re bad at thinking …per se.
And, in fact, I’m not entirely sure I’m even using “per se” correctly here – but what I am saying is this: you should consider taking a brain booster supplement so that your brain can work better than it is right now, and not only just better but longer as well. And I think you should work on improving your brain, thereby improving your mental capacity and judgments, not because I necessarily like you or care about you, but rather because I live in the same world as you and I’d hate for your poorly judged thinking and decisions to in any way affect me, directly or indirectly.
So, this Mind Lab Pro review is really for me by being ostensibly for you, if I’m being entirely honest. If it’s any consolation, I’ve been working at improving my brain health and performance so as to make better decisions to have a positive effect on the world in which you live in as well.
See, we’re all in this together.
Mind Lab Pro Review: Ingredients
Mind Lab Pro is a sweet, simple nootropic formula that hits an impressively complex, comprehensive array of brain benefits. As opposed to other big-time nootropic supplements that try to cram every single damn mineral, vitamin, amino acid, etc. – all the things under all the suns – into a tiny capsule, Mind Lab Pro offers only some of the best cognitive enhancers currently available in 2019, instead targeting only the key cogwheels of the brain that need to be turning for everything else to fall into working order.
And Mind Lab Pro does this without resorting to proprietary blend tactics (i.e., hiding weak dosages under a catch-all “proprietary blend”) or cheap-O stimulants, such as caffeine. It offers truly nootropic cognitive enhancers – ingredients that actually improve mental performance measures of memory, focus, concentration, relaxation, and emotional stability – in a fine-tuned Universal Nootropic™ formula design.
It’s incredibly annoying when supplement manufacturers supply 40+ ingredients and act like this is a good thing for your health. Odds are none of those ingredients are even dosed high enough for any of them to work. Not to mention that you probably don’t even need all of them.
Or, I don’t know, maybe you do. I guess I don’t really know you.
Either way, whether you need them or not, it’s not likely that a single supplement will do all of that for you. So, instead, I value supplements with a focused, discernable goal and that supply only the right ingredients that work towards achieving that goal. For Mind Lab Pro, the goal is better brain health and performance. And, thankfully, the ingredients work – I’ll explain how each one works in greater detail below.
In Detail: Mind Lab Pro
All in all, Mind Lab Pro supplies 11 ingredients, all nootropic, that contribute to the formula’s “Universal Nootropic” design for 100% Brainpower for all. Big ambitions that require big-time ingredients. Simple caffeine won’t cut it. (If it did, we’d all be geniuses; and that’s clearly not the case!) Having said, here is the Mind Lab Pro formula in detail, the whole split into its parts, starting with:
Citicoline (as Cognizin®), 250mg
For a nootropic choline source that’s able to cross the blood-brain barrier, we generally have two options: alpha-GPC and citicoline. Whereas the former supplies a high concentration of choline, the latter is the better nootropic option for its two-for-one supply of:
- Choline – a precursor to acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter involved in high-order cognitive processes, memory, and learning.
- Cytidine – a precursor to uridine, a nootropic nucleotide that promotes ATP energy production and synaptic plasticity – i.e., neuron strength and formation.
Choline + cytidine bound together as citicoline help boost cholinergic cognitive processes while boosting natural brain energy via cellular ATP production. If you’re considering supplementing cholinergic racetams (e.g., aniracetam, oxiracetam), it’s smart to also up your choline intake to avoid the racetamic headache associated with excess cholinergic activity. Citicoline, as Cognizin®, is a smart choice here.
Phosphatidylserine (as Sharp-PS® Green), 100mg
Cells need membranes, otherwise they’re not cells. They’re just free-floating organelles that fail to organize into tissues, that fail to create human beings. As part of the cell’s double bilayer membrane, phosphatidylserine (PS) is a life-essential phospholipid that makes life much, much easier to live when we have enough of it.
Under conditions of PS-deficiency, cognition suffers – memory tanks, thinking becomes a drag, and brain energy drops off the map. This is because, under conditions of PS-deficiency, neurons fail to communicate with one another, resulting in an all-around inefficient thinking machine.
Because of this, PS has a reputation as an elderly cognition recovery compound. However, supplementing PS at a younger age also seems to improve competitive performance, perhaps due to PS’ positive regulatory effects on neurotransmitter dopamine and stress hormone cortisol.
Bacopa Monnieri Extract (Full Spectrum), 150mg
Viewed by many as the premier herbal nootropic, Bacopa monnieri is almost synonymous with “nootropic,” given the plant’s well-documented benefits on cognitive performance and all-around wellbeing.
Bacopa’s somewhat of a multipurpose nootropic. Its theorized bio-mechanisms include boosting neurotransmitter activity (namely acetylcholine, serotonin, and GABA), reducing amyloid plaque buildup (for cognitive longevity), and inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme responsible for acetylcholine breakdown. Why do we want to inhibit that enzyme? Because, again, acetylcholine plays a key role in memory and learning.
Mind Lab Pro’s Bacopa is unique for its full spectrum extract format: 9 bacosides standardized to a 24% potency. This ensures that the compounds that work in Bacopa actually work. And, well, I just think that’s pretty neat.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Full Spectrum), 500mg
It’s called “Lion’s Mane” because the mushroom looks like the mane of a lion. Okay, now, with that out of the way: Lion’s Mane Mushroom is a super groovy brain booster for its unique ability to grow new brains.
That’s right: new brains.
Alright, not exactly, but Lion’s Mane Mushroom does seem to improve nerve-growth factor (NGF) activity, which stimulates new neuron growth, repair, and maintenance. This fungus is a neuroregenerator, fertilizing your brain space for healthier growth and development.
Maritime Pine Bark Extract (min. 95% proanthocyanidins), 75mg
This is sort of an X-factor ingredient here. Not too many supplements supply maritime pine bark extract, despite its well-documented effects on long-lasting cognitive performance.
Maritime pine bark possesses a rich supply of proanthocyanidin “anti-aging” antioxidants, super healthy compounds that increase blood flow to the brain while also reducing free radical damage across the brain and body. Its attention boosting benefits for those affected by ADHD and hyperactivity is key here, especially for gamers who require high levels of concentration to maintain a competitive edge.
L-Tyrosine (as N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine), 175mg
One of my favorite nootropics, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (NALT) is a feel-good cognitive enhancer, a mood booster and focus sharpener that works by increasing catecholamine activity.
Here’s a better explanation: under conditions of excess stress and activity (e.g., under conditions of sleep deprivation), the brain burns through catecholamine neurotransmitters (e.g., dopamine, norepinephrine) to stay awake and alert. Once the catecholamine reserves dry up, the brain goes into zombie mode. NALT helps resurrect the brain, preventing the cognitive detriments associated with stress and sleep deprivation to allow the mind to work harder for longer.
L-Theanine (as Suntheanine®), 100mg
This is often the go-to nootropic for many. Sourced from green tea leaves, L-theanine is the amino acid responsible for the calming effects associated with tea.
Why does coffee amp is up but green tea, also a natural caffeine source, does not have us bouncing off the walls? It’s because green tea’s L-theanine smooths out the tea’s caffeine content, polishing off caffeine’s jagged, jittery edge while sustaining the stimulant’s focus and energy benefits. Actually, L-theanine seems to improve caffeine’s focus effects by promoting alpha brainwaves, the brain frequencies associated with a calm, meditative mindset – i.e., with being “in the zone.”
Rhodiola Rosea Extract (mins. 3% rosavins, 1% salidrosides), 50mg
The Soviet secret, Rhodiola rosea is a Siberia-grown herbal adaptogen (stress reducer) best known for its athletic, ergogenic benefits via stress hormone cortisol regulation. It’s an awesome physical performance enhancer, which is perhaps why the USSR didn’t want to let the Western world know about this plant, hoarding Rhodiola for Russian bodybuilders, cosmonauts, soldiers, politicians, etc., etc.
Thankfully, the jig is up on this bad boy. As a nootropic, Rhodiola pairs well with NALT for its pronounced, feel-good effects on mood and motivation. Mistaken as an energy booster, Rhodiola is more accurately a fatigue reducer, warding off stress and brain fog to, again, help the mind work harder for longer.
B Vitamins (as BioGenesis™)
B vitamins for the blues – that’s the motto. By assisting with the syntheses of dopamine and serotonin, B vitamins keep mood-related brain activity on the positive end of the mood spectrum, while also keep cerebral circulation flowing by reducing homocysteine damages on brain blood vessels.
Altogether, Mind Lab Pro’s patented, nature-identical BioGenesis™ brand of B vitamins includes:
- Vitamin B6,5mg
- Vitamin B9, 100mcg
- Vitamin B12,5mcg
The “nature-identical” aspects ensures that these vitamins are potent and easy-to-absorb, kept active throughout the formula’s manufacturing process.
The NALT benefits were my hook into Mind Lab Pro. I’ve tried NALT supplements separately, and I’ve really enjoyed them for the daily morning boosts they’d give me, especially after a long night of gaming. But I realized that, in terms of long-term brain health, the NALT alone wasn’t going to cut it.
Plus, it’s a band-aid solution to a pretty bad habit: stay up late every night and avoid the punishment by taking this magic amino potion! Yea, it actually doesn’t work that way.
This realization was two-fold:
- Whichever way I cut it, I needed to get better sleep.
- I also realized the seemingly boundless brain boosting potential presented by the possibility of stacking NALT with other nootropics.
While I made the appropriate lifestyle adjustments to take care of realization #1, I researched brain booster supplements that could give me the L-tyrosine feel-goods in addition to other brain healthy cognitive enhancers. My research soon lead me to a supplement stack called Mind Lab Pro.
Here’s what I immediately liked about Mind Lab Pro: this formula supplied an impressive source of choline (citicoline), which I also realized I wanted to try when I learned of its synergy benefits with racetam nootropics. The “Other Ingredients” on the label’s Supplement Facts were free of the usual junk fillers and scary, science-y sounding additives; plus, the formula’s stim-free design left me with the much-welcomed option of pairing this supplement with an external source of caffeine or not.
My first couple weeks of Mind Lab Pro were great for the immediate effects of NALT, L-theanine, and Rhodiola; however, it wasn’t until about week three, and onward, that I really began to notice the improvements in my thinking – improvements that I attribute to the stack’s citicoline, Bacopa, phosphatidylserine, and maritime pine bark extract. I have stopped taking Mind Lab Pro since.
If I had to describe the cognitive effects, it’s something like smooth, clear, calm thinking, sort of like thinking on a higher level without tiring myself out with all of the thoughts I’m mentally juggling. And what’s great is that this is the baseline of my cognition now, upon which I’m able to add powerful cognitive enhancers, such as racetams and other lab-synthesized cognitive enhancers, which work very well with the foundational nootropics found in Mind Lab Pro.
Who Takes Mind Lab Pro?
Designed with a “Universal Nootropic” ambition in mind, Mind Lab Pro seems geared for academics and athletes, young and old alike. The equal emphasis on brain health and mental performance makes Mind Lab Pro as much as a cognitive longevity booster as a performance enhancer. And a legal performance enhancer at that, which is an increasing concern in competitive eSports where the illegal use of Adderall runs rampant.
Within the gamer sphere, whether we’re talking Starcraft or chess or twitch-aim shooters, Mind Lab Pro has something for everyone – and pairs well with stimulants by reducing their jittery, focus-impairing side effects, if you also choose to go that route.
Where is the Amazon listing??
One of my favorite pastimes (one that I highly recommend, if you’re ever in need of a good laugh) is reading the one-star customer reviews for well-known candy bars on Amazon. For example, here’s a one-star Amazon review for Snickers Single Size Candy Bars by a customer named “Bear”:
I’m obviously being highly selective in my sampling here. But even so the point remains: Amazon is a bit of a free-for-all, almost to the point of meaninglessness.
This observation aligns with this snippet I found on Mind Lab Pro’s F.A.Q. page:
We choose to not sell Mind Lab Pro® on Amazon for a few reasons. Amazon is not always discerning about which nootropics can be featured on its site, and we do not want Mind Lab Pro® to appear alongside (and therefore be associated with) low-quality junk products. Amazon is also a ”Wild West” environment in ways, where reviews are easily manipulated by jealous competitors. Finally, our MindLabPro.com website is just a far better place to buy Mind Lab Pro®, since this is the home of all the information customers are looking for to understand our formula – far more information than would be allowed on Amazon.
This makes sense. And I hope to see more product sellers – supplements or not – make this shift. It’s to the testament of the product’s quality, and not to the gaming of Amazon’s keyword system, that Mind Lab Pro has achieved mainstream popularity.
Where to Buy Mind Lab Pro?
As hinted by the F.A.Q. snippet, Mind Lab Pro is sold exclusively through the Mind Lab Pro website: mindlabpro.com. The sellers offer three buying options for this nootropic stack:
- 1 Box (1-Month Supply), $65
- 2 Boxes (2-Month Supply), $130
- 3 Boxes + 1 Free (4-Month Supply), $195 + free shipping
Essentially, the more boxes added per order, the cheaper the price per serving cost.
The Pros vs. The Cons
Briefly and roughly, here are the bullet-point pros vs. cons for Mind Lab Pro:
- All nootropic ingredients, no gimmicky “hybrid” additions here.
- Simultaneously energizes and relaxes cognition for smooth, concentrated cognition.
- Easy-to-absorb compounds and potent, standardized herbal extracts.
- No additives or junk fillers; only clean, green ingredients and capsules.
- Only sold via Mind Lab Pro website. Sorry, Amazon Prime members.
- But what if I like caffeine and stimulants??
No doubt that caffeine pills (and other stim-heavy supplements) feel good and deliver fast-acting noticeable effects. So the stim-free design of Mind Lab Pro is a conditional con in that respect; but it does stack well with external sources of stimulants, which preserves its daily enhancement effects (seeing that you can continue to supplement MLP even on days that you prefer to be stim-free).
Mind Lab Pro Review: Unique Gamer Advantages
Outside of the conventional “Pros vs. Cons” paradigm, the advantages of this supplement that are unique to gamers are Mind Lab Pro’s catecholamine restorative properties (delivered via L-tyrosine), which keep the mind focused and resistant to distractions, as well as the formula’s cognitive calming benefits (delivered via L-theanine), which remove the jitter from stimulants while preserving their focus and energy benefits.
In MMA, mental composure is a huge advantage in the octagon. The same applies to competitive gamers who, if their emotions even temporarily get the best of them, lose matches (and a lot of money) to a fit of rage. (Plus, not only is gamer rage detrimental to one’s gameplay but it’s also incredibly annoying to everyone else.)
Mind Lab Pro’s mood and relaxation benefits help on this front. It’s our #1 Nootropic for Esports and Gaming.
For everything Mind Lab Pro sets out to improve – Brain Energy, Brain Chemicals, Blood Flow, Brainwaves, Neuroprotection, and Neuroregeneration – this stack delivers. The result, as advertised, is better memory, better performance, a happier mindset, and a stronger structural foundation; all of which amounts to better brainpower for longer.
No doubt, some days are better than others when it comes to brainpower. And as we age, beyond a certain point, the ratio between moves in favor the “off” days over the “on” days. This is the Big Picture benefit of Mind Lab Pro: better cognition now for better cognition later. Unlike, say, Adderall or other heavy cognitive enhancers, Mind Lab Pro’s brain boosts don’t come at the cost of cognitive longevity.
And I think any gamer who’s exited a multi-hour gaming binge with a mind reduced to mush understands the importance of truly healthy brain support. Mind Lab Pro works on that end.
*You Can Purchase Mind Lab Pro HERE