Mind Lab Pro Review: an Essential ‘Multivitamin’ Nootropic Stack
This is my review of Mind Lab Pro, a unique nootropic stack that has some powerful cognitive benefits.
Why nootropics, and why now?
The race to dominate the nootropic supplement market is on. Dozens of supplement companies are competing for this growing $2.7 billion market.
But it soon occurred to me early in my quest for the ideal nootropic stack, that sifting through this crazy and often confusing market was going to take a lot of research, and even more trial and error.
Every nootropic company has their own take on what makes the ideal nootropic stack. Each focusing on one, two or three aspects of cognitive enhancement, and each going after a different segment of the market.
Cognitive enhancers intended for boosting alertness and focus. Or better memory. Others target the tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Or corporate executives. Some go after the younger neurohacker who wants better grades.
But no single company could claim a “universal nootropic stack”. A formula that could help a gamer as well as an accountant. An athlete as well as a stay-at-home mom. An attorney or a doctor. Or someone like me who wants to boost overall brain power.
Then I came across Mind Lab Pro — a unique nootropic formula developed by Opti-Nutra — promising “100% Brainpower”.
Opti-Nutra claims to have the “world’s first Universal Nootropic” … that “boosts all aspects of cognition in all types of people – especially those whose active lifestyles demand dynamic brainpower”.
One Nootropic Formula for All?
Now I’ve tried a lot of different nootropic stacks, and individual supplements, in my quest to amplify my brain power. No single stack that I’ve tried so far covered every aspect of cognition in one go.
But Opti-Nutra claimed to be able to boost memory, mental performance, creativity, mood, energy, stress, and motivation. While fighting aging and brain degeneration. All in one nootropic formula of 2 capsules per day.
How is this possible?
Let’s take a look at their formula and see if their claims stack up. The Mind Lab Pro stack contains 11 ingredients including many which I’ve reviewed individually here on Corpina.
The stack includes: Citicoline, Bacopa Monnieri, Lion’s Mane Mushroom, Phosphatidylserine (PS), Pterostilbene, N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine (NALT), L-Theanine, Rhodiola Rosea, Vinpocetine and Vitamins B6 and B12.
The company’s strategy in putting together this stack is largely based on the synergy of each of these nootropics working together. Their aim is to optimize 6 brain pathways:
- Cerebral blood flow
- Brain Waves
Combined these ingredients are meant to boost 4 areas of mental performance:
- Memory (encoding, storage, recall, learning)
- Performance (speed, processing, attention, focus, verbal fluidity)
- Mindset (mood, stress, relaxation, creativity, motivation)
- Structural (injury repair, cell membranes, neurogenesis, anti-aging, fight degeneration)
Opti-Nutra claims that these 4 key mental performance categories affected by the stack’s ingredients work in synergy to unlock all these benefits.
So the next logical step is to take a look at each of these ingredients, and see if their claims make logical sense.
What is Mind Lab Pro?
The first thing that stands out with this stack is that it’s made up entirely of naturally-occurring ingredients. It doesn’t contain any of the racetams or other synthetics. It doesn’t contain caffeine, either.
Let’s take a look at each nootropic and review what we know. (Note that each nootropic links through to a full individual review for that ingredient).
Citicoline (Cognizin®) 250 mg – Citicoline is needed to synthesize one of the main phospholipids that make up brain cell membranes – phosphatidylcholine (PC).
It is also involved in the production of acetylcholine. While providing antioxidant activity. Citicoline as a nootropic supplement enhances attention, concentration, memory, logical reasoning, learning and focus.
Bacopa Monnieri (45% bacosides) 150 mg – Bacopa helps boost the neurotransmitters acetylcholine, GABA and serotonin. While protecting brain cells from free radical damage and apoptosis (cell death).
And even boosts cerebral circulation.Bacopa taken as a nootropic cuts back learning time, and improves memory and recall.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom 500 mg – Lion’s Mane is the only mushroom known to support brain health. It stimulates nerve growth factor which helps neurogenesis, and myelin axon sheath synthesis.
Improving neuroplasticity with Lion’s Mane helps memory formation and supports brain cell repair. This mushroom also provides liver detox, regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Phosphatidylserine (Sharp PS® Green) 100 mg – PS is a phospholipid making up 15% of brain cell membranes. PS increases nerve growth factor to help neurogenesis.
It optimizes neuroreceptors all while promoting acetylcholine and dopamine. And helps maintain brain cell membrane fluidity. Which keeps cells healthy.
Pterostilbene 500 mcg – Pterostilbene is a polyphenol derived from grapes and blueberries. It is a potent antioxidant protecting brain cells from free radical damage particularly under severe stress. Even assisting recovery from stroke by protecting the brain’s blood supply.
Pterostilbene used as a nootropic also helps fight off and even reverse cognitive decline.
N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine (NALT) 175 mg – NALT is an amino acid critical for the synthesis of neurotransmitters dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine.
Boosting these catecholamine neurotransmitters helps improve cognition, mood and memory.NALT has also been shown to improve working memory while multitasking. And helps optimize mental performance when you’re under severe stress, fatigue and even sleep deprivation.
L-Theanine (Suntheanine®) 100 mg – L-Theanine is naturally found in green tea. It settles the excitatory neurotransmitters while promoting calming serotonin and GABA. Sharpening attention, alertness and focus that help creative problem solving, learning and studying.
L-Theanine also increases alpha brain waves which are associated with relaxation and enhanced creativity. This nootropic even boosts your immune system, helps keep blood pressure under control and promotes healthy sleep.