Mind Lab Pro is made by UK based Opti Nutra Advanced Pharmaceuticals and is heralded as a top tier nootropic. We tested it for 30 days to find out just how good it is – and we deliver our full verdict right here in this Mind Lab Pro review.
Written by: Jason M
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In relation to other spheres of research, the world of nootropic supplementation is relatively young, and as such, the developments being made by the companies making them are happening pretty rapidly. In fact, it feels like there is a new nootropic supplement being released on a weekly basis.
Mind Lab Pro is a nootropic that has been around for a good few years now, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t use the latest clinical data to inform its ingredient profile – in fact, we are today reviewing Mind Lab Pro V4.0 – Opti Nutra’s most recent iteration of this reliably potent supplement.
But just how good is it and does it stack up against the growing competition? Fitness Brain founder Jason, tested it out for 30 days and compared his results against other nootropics he has tested. Let’s find out how he got on in his full Mind Lab Pro review…
Quick Verdict: Mind Lab Pro
More About Mind Lab Pro
Although Mind Lab Pro is a made by UK based Opti Nutra Ltd – and indeed this is where the concept and profile was formulated – the product itself is actually manufactured in the United States. It is fully vegan approved and is manufactured in line with GMP manufacturing regulations – so you know you are getting a quality product.
Mind Lab Pro is pitched as a ‘universal nootropic’, meaning that it looks to provide a broad range of cognitive benefits, rather than focusing in on one particular area. So it would be fair to expect benefits to mood, memory, focus and brain energy.
It contains an all-natural set of ingredients with no fillers or synthetic ingredients – all of which are suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets. This should be a standard in the nootropic world but sadly we do still see some using gelatin based capsules – so Mind Lab Pro is off to a good start here.
Mind Lab Pro is also stimulant free – so there is no caffeine contained within it. Perfect for those who wish to combine it with their morning coffee or for those who are caffeine averse.
We will be discussing the ingredients and the impact of Mind Lab Pro in a short while, but it’ worth pointing out that in terms of cost – Mind Lab Pro sits very closely with its competition… so we are very much reviewing it and putting it under the scrutiny that a top tier nootropic should command.
Mind Lab Pro Ingredients
Mind Lab Pro sits in the middle in terms of the number of ingredients included. It wouldn’t be described as light on ingredients by any means, but at the same time, with 11 ingredients in total, it’s also not at the higher end.
In fact, so long as you are happy for your nootropic stack to be stimulant free, then you’ll likely consider Mind Lab Pro to be a really solid stack ingredient wise.
Having tested and reviewed plenty of nootropics, I think Mind Lab Pro has one of the best sets of ingredients of them all. They also do not hide behind proprietary blends – so we know exactly how much of each ingredient is in each serving.
The big question is whether it is dosed appropriately – so, let’s take a look at what the science says…
Vitamin B Complex
Like any good nootropic, Mind Lab Pro has a really solid vitamin B complex with B6, B9 and B12 all being included in doses of 2.5mg, 100mcg and 7.5mcg respectively.
Most nootropics contain a strong vitamin B complex as it is one of the more well-researched ingredients in terms of protecting long term brain health. Most will contain B6 and B12, but most don’t contain B9 too – so you are well covered in this regard with Mind Lab Pro.
The vitamin B dosages found in Mind Lab Pro are pretty comparable to other top tier nootropics with Hunter Focus (known for having high dosages generally) being exactly the same. If we compare to something like Noocube then Mind Lab Pro actually fares better (if you assume more is better which we do).
You can expect all round greater cognitive functioning as a result of this vitamin B complex and it means you are getting more than enough of your daily recommended intake.
Citicoline is one the most prominent nootropic ingredients and although research is still relatively young in to this compound, there is more than enough evidence to show citicoline should be a key ingredient in any nootropic stack.
It can help improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety. It improves communication between the pathways in the brain and as such can also help with focus, memory and brain energy.
Though much of the clinical data is still in its infancy, it is hard to dispute the all round cognitive benefits that come along with citicoline. Mind Lab Pro contains 250mg of it and this is generally in line with the competition.
You can expect even more impact at 500mg so double servings of Mind Lab Pro could be even more potent for those who have taken nootropics for a longer time.
Bacopa Monnieri is a herb that has been used for hundreds of years in eastern medicine. There are a growing number of studies that support it as an effective nootropic with particular emphasis on the benefits associated with memory and focus.
In Mind Lab Pro we get 150mg of it, which is a touch on the light side – we’d prefer to see closer to the 250mg-300mg range like we do with NooCube and Hunter Focus, but again, a double dose would see that right.
At 150mg we are still likely to see a pretty decent impact when taking Mind Lab Pro for a sustained period of time.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom
This is another ingredient that is commonly found in the best nootropics. Although there is very little in the way of studies to clinically support its inclusion, there is lots of anecdotal evidence to show it being beneficial for memory, mood and overall brain health.
It is thought that Lion’s Mane Mushroom helps to produce NGF (Nerve Growth Factor) which helps with memory and recall.
We get a per serving dose of 500mg in Mind Lab Pro and this again matches what we see in the likes of the highly dosed Hunter Focus.
Another ingredient that is commonly found in nootopics is Phosphatidylserine (PS). PS is a chemical well known for supporting memory functions and has even been touted as a possible treatment or preventative measure for Alzheimers.
Mind Lab Pro takes its PS from sunflower lecithin and a 100mg dose per serving is again in line with what we see in other nootropics and is double that of even some newer nootropics like Kaged Mindset.
It’s a very welcome addition to the overall stack in Mind Lab Pro.
L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that carries with it a wide array of brain boosting benefits. We consume it naturally through foods such as fish, nuts and dairy produce, but to consume it in large enough quantities to gain the full benefits is difficult. This is where supplements such as Mind Lab Pro come in to their own.
We get 175mg of L-Tyrosine in each serving of Mind Lab Pro, and although that’s around a third of what you get in Hunter Focus and around 30% less than what you get in NooCube, it is still a reasonable dose.
Although the benefits are wide ranging, L-Theanine is most commonly used to combat stress and anxiety.
L-Theanine is another amino acid and this one is found in green tea. It also has a calming effect on the brain, but can also help with anxiety and provide heightened levels of calm focus. We get 100mg of it in Mind Lab Pro which is on a par with NooCube and half of what we see in Hunter Focus.
L-Theanine is an ingredient that should show its effects relatively quickly, but also one that can compound over time.
We finish off with a couple of botanicals, the first of which is Rhodiola Rosea – another common ingredient found in many nootopics. This adaptogen can help with focus and provide a boost to brain energy.
We get 50mg of it in Mind Lab Pro which is on a par with other top tier nootropics.
Maritime Pine Bark Extract
Finally we get 75mg of Maritime Pine Bark. Rich in anti-oxidants, it is known for improving blood flow to and in the brain which can help improve focus and concentration. It is thought it can also help sufferers of asthma and hypertension.
Again, the dosage here is on a par with other nootropics.
My Experience With Mind Lab Pro
I tested Mind Lab Pro for a period of one month – 30 days to be exact – as that is how many servings you get per container. In an ideal world I would have tested this supplement for longer, but duty called and I had to test others.
I had a one week break from any other supplements prior to starting with Mind Lab Pro and again, in an ideal situation this break would have been longer. However, I am fairly confident I could feel the impact of using Mind Lab Pro which I will describe below.
The instructions for Mind Lab Pro suggest you take 2-4 capsules per day, either in the morning or the afternoon. As there are no stimulants in Mind Lab Pro, I’d concur that either morning or early afternoon are perfect – but there shouldn’t be too much of an issue if you forget and take it later – it’s not going to hugely negatively impact your sleep or anything like that.
I decided to go with the standard 2 capsule dose. As we have seen from the ingredients and their dosages, there is an argument to be made for taking 4 capsules per day – especially if you want to increase the citicoline and bacopa intake. However, this also makes Mind Lab Pro extremely expensive – as one bottle would only last just over two weeks – and so I decided to go with the standard dose.
The first thing to say is that taking Mind Lab Pro was pretty easy to fit in to my usual schedule. I took it most mornings with breakfast, and the odd day I forgot I just took it with lunch. Some nootropics do give me very mild nausea so I always tend to take them with food.
I didn’t suffer any negative side effects from taking Mind Lab Pro.
I don’t drink coffee – so I was slightly concerned by the lack of caffeine in Mind Lab Pro. But I do drink tea – and I found a couple of cups of tea in the morning along with Mind Lab Pro did enough to kickstart my energy levels.
I didn’t really notice any difference whatsoever in the first 5 days of taking Mind Lab Pro. However, by week two I did feel more energised, and I definitely felt more focused. This makes sense, as the citicoline and L-Tyrosine would likely have made an impact by this point.
As the weeks went on, the impact felt like it lasted for longer each day – but I wouldn’t say it became more profound. I felt focused when working on tasks at my desk, I felt energetic and present when speaking with family and friends, and I felt relatively relaxed and de-stressed most of the time.
Did I find Mind Lab Pro life changing?
No – but’s not really the point.
I did notice a difference in my productivity and I’m pretty sure I procrastinated less. I also felt relaxed and my quality of sleep was better. I know this because I track it using an Oura ring and my readiness and sleep scores were about 15% better over the course of the last two weeks of using Mind Lab Pro.
I also think (having assessed the ingredients) that the long term benefits of taking Mind Lab Pro are likely to be significant – and maybe even profound.
With a solid vitamin B complex, citicoline, bacopa monnieri, L-Tyrosine and L-Theanine – you are already on to a winner. Any benefit from the remaining ingredients and it’s a bonus!
At £1.63 per serving, it isn’t cheap though. However, with their bulk buy deals you can bring that down to the £1.23 per serving mark – and that’s a very decent price when compared to the competition.
Alternatives To Mind Lab Pro
As we know, there are so many other options out there on the market. What I like about Mind Lab Pro is that if you are looking for a good all-rounder then it fits the bill nicely.
It isn’t the most highly dosed of nootropics, and as a result it will work well for first timers. It is well dosed for the ingredients that matter most though.
For anyone who wants something with more pep and more ingredients – Hunter Focus would be my go to suggestion – but do be aware that it does contain caffeine.
I personally prefer my nootropics to include caffeine in them, so for me, Hunter Focus is a better option – but many people don’t want to give up their morning coffee and so if that’s you, Mind Lab Pro is a perfect choice.
Mind Lab Pro is a really solid nootropic. It competes well against other top tier nootropic supplements, is competitively priced (especially when opting for a 4 month supply) and has a really solid ingredient profile.
Opti Nutra are also constantly looking to stay on top of the latest research in to nootropics and aren’t afraid to tweak their formula to a new version if needed – but as of right now, Mind Lab Pro V4.0 is a top pick for anyone looking for a well rounded cognitive boost and positive long term brain health.