The race for Nootropic supplements has picked up since the start of the 20th century and is at full-steam in our day and age. The need to be “super-productive” at all working hours (and sometimes after) is slowly but surely becoming the “make or break” point for our professional success. Alpha Brain and Mind Lab Pro are two well-known Nootropic supplement brands, with a mission to bring out Improved Cognition, better memory and promote a general sense of well-being, resilience and a positive attitude during times of failure and unfettered happiness at times of success (And in a sense, experiencing our emotions to the fullest).
Both these supplement formulations have been clinically tested and are more potent than a Placebo. A special emphasis has been placed on naturally grown Nootropic extracts in both Alpha-Brain (Bacopa Monnieri, Huperzia Serrata,Cat’s Claw and Oat Straw extract) and Mind Lab Pro (Lion’s Mane Mushroom and Bacopa Monnieri). Phosphatidylserine (PS) is another common ingredient between both these supplement forms.
|Vitamin B6||10 mg|
Oat Straw Extract
(Onnit Flow Blend)
|Cat’s Claw||350 mg|
(Onnit Focus Blend)
(Onnit Fuel Blend)
|Mind Lab Pro||APS|
|Vitamin B6||2.5 mg|
|Vitamin B9||100 mcg|
|Vitamin B12||7.5 mcg|
|Lion’s Mane Mushroom||500 mg|
|Bacopa Monnieri||150 mg|
|Rhodiola Rosea||50 mg|
|Pine Bark Extract||75 mg|
APS = Amount Per Serving, mcg = Micrograms, mg = Miligrams
|Alpha Brain||Mind Lab Pro|
|Serving Sizes||90 Capsules in a Box||60 Capsules in a Box|
|Per Dose Serving||2 Capsules||2 Capsules|
Price and Value:
At the outset, a very crude comparison would price a single Alpha Brain capsule – 0.75$ and a Single Mind Lab Pro capsule – 1.08$. While Alpha Brain offers a good value per capsule, their proper comparison requires a thorough examination into their nutritional values and the added benefits that each of these supplements offers.
Recommended Dietary Allowance:
Micronutrients are required in very small amounts and the amount of each nutrient required by members of each of the sexes and based on a sedentary or active lifestyle can be measured using a uniform (globally accepted) value called Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). RDA is measured on a “per-day” basis.
|Vitamin||RDA||Alpha Brain||Mind Lab Pro|
|Vitamin B-6||1 – 1.7 mg||10 mg||250 mcg|
|Vitamin B-9||400 mcg||NA||100 mcg|
|Vitamin B-12||2.4 mcg||NA||7.5 mcg|
RDA = Recommended Dietary Allowance, NA = Not Applicable (Not included)
As the above table clearly demonstrates, Mind Lab Pro beats the Alpha Brain both Quantitatively and Qualitatively. Vitamin B is essential for the proper growth and nourishment of all nerves in our body. Its components can also accelerate our Metabolism and thus it is an essential Micronutrient necessary on a daily basis.
Vitamin-B is abundantly present in a non-vegetarian diet and most meat eaters do not need a supplement to reach their RDA levels. However, in Vegans and Vegetarians (a global trend), Vitamin-B is deficient across all age-groups and it becomes imperative that Multi-Vitamin Tablets are supplemented with their diets. Mind Lab Pro provides an Ideal solution for such individuals. While the RDA and the dosage available in Mind Lab pro are deficient for Vitamin-B6 and Vitamin-B9, this difference is negligible and for all practical purposes Mind Lab Pro can meet your daily requirements for those Vitamins.
Amino Acids Battle:
Amino acids make proteins. Proteins are the building blocks of Muscles and are also involved in various other metabolic processes.
|Amino Acid||RDA||Alpha Brain||Mind Lab Pro|
|L-Tyrosine||2 – 2.5 g||**less than 650 mg||175 mg|
|L-Theanine||NA||**less than 650 mg||100 mg|
|L-Leucine||2.6 – 3 g||**less than 65 mg||NA|
**Alpha Brain does not provide the individual concentration of the above ingredients. A suggestive value of less than the available values has been taken for comparison purposes.
Of important note is the Amino Acid Leucine – An essential amino acid that needs to be supplemented from outside the body and is not synthesized within. Leucine is necessary for the activation of Muscle Protein synthesis and this effect becomes essential in post-workout stages. Leucine and Other Branched Chain Amino-acids (BCAA’s) promote new muscle growth and also prevent (excessive) old muscle protein breakdown. Leucine is often termed as the “Post-Workout Muscle Recovery” amino-acid. Leucine is unavailable in MindLab Pro and is present in negligible amounts in its competitor Alpha Brain.
L-Tyrosine – a non-essential amino acid, i.e., It can be synthesized (De novo) to meet our body’s daily requirements within the body and thus supplementation from outside sources is not necessary. L-Tyrosine is under study for its effects to alleviate stress and to improve cognition. Mind Lab Pro provides for about 10% of our daily requirements and so does its counterpart. (Alpha Brain L-Tyrosine values are unavailable individually).
L-Theanine – an important constituent found in Green Tea is known to boost metabolism and alleviate Stress Levels. Its role in Anti-Inflammatory processes is being examined. Both the competitors provide an almost equal amount of L-Theanine.
Thus, on the Amino acid front, MindLab Pro and Alpha Brain are almost equal in their Physical and Biochemical effects on the body.
Nootropic Ingredients Battle:
At their core, the two competitors are trying to provide their users with the best Quality Nootropics and the two supplements are in close competition.
|Ingredient||Alpha Brain||Mind Lab Pro||Chief Functions|
|PhosphatidylSerine||YES||YES||Improve Memory, Alleviate Depression and ADHD|
|Cat’s Claw||YES||/||Leaky Bowel Syndrome, Gastritis, etc|
|Bacopa Extract||YES||YES||Adaptogen, Improved Neural Communication and AntiOxidant properties|
|L-Alpha GPC||YES||/||Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Dementia, Cognition Enhancer|
|Huperzine||YES||/||Nerve Protection, Alertness, Energy and Myasthenia Gravis|
|Vinpocetine||YES||/||CFS, Seizure Disorders, Brain Stroke and Motion Sickness|
|Pterostilbene||YES||/||Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Carcinogenic|
|Citicoline||/||YES||ADHD, Parkinson’s, Memory Impairment|
|Rhodiola Rosea||/||YES||Adaptogen, Increases Energy,Endurance and Promotes calmness|
|Pine Bark Extract||/||YES||Anti-Diabetic and Anti-aging. Cardiovascular System Protectant|
From the above table, Quantitatively Alpha Brain beats the Mind Lab pro with a variety of functions attributed to the numerous nootropic ingredients it contain. Vinpocetine and Rhodiola Rosea are both being studied for their effects to enhance everyday productivity. L-Alpha GPC and Cat’s Claw provide a more long term benefit by promoting proper absorption of nutrients. Phosphatidylserine promotes a general sense of well-being and is available in both.
With the cases of Diabetes and other Heart Related conditions on the rise today, Mind Lab Pro provides a Nootropic for both Diabetes (Pine Bark extract) and Hypertension (Bacopa Extract). Further, the inclusion of Vitamins B-3,B-6,B-9 in adequate amounts imparts Mind Lab pro with a higher value for money when compared to Alpha Brain. Citicoline has an array of Clinical trials to prove its claims about cognition enhancement and brain-function improvement.
Safety of Use:
A lot of attention has gone into making these drugs safe for use by both men and women. Both drugs contain zero caffeine/Gluten and have been certified by various association claiming their “Drug-Free” nature. Alpha Brain has received certifications from WADA(World Anti-Doping agencies) and has also been BSCG Certified. Mind Lab Pro has a “Third Party Validation” and adheres to the cGMP quality standards (A sub-sect of FDA).
While no conclusive evidence is present for the use of these drugs in Pregnant and Lactating women, it is best to consult your Physician to evaluate the risk-benefit ratio of these products. The effects that each of the Nootropics have on a fetus are unavailable.
Both combinations provide for anti-aging, antioxidant and Cardiovascular system protection. As has been mentioned in the table above, Phosphatidylserine – The Master Brain Nootropic can help alleviate stress and reduce symptoms of depression. A similar Nootropic, Bacopa Monnieri extract also improves cognition and improves neural communication by enhancing Acetylcholine secretion.
A substantial difference can be noticed after about 4-6 weeks from the start of these Nootropics. Better absorption at the gut, better neural communication and improved Memory/Cognition are the promised effects of these Nootropics.
Winner is Mind Lab Pro!
At first glance Alpha Brain seems to be the clear winner with a greater market share and a vibrant marketing community. However, on close inspection – Mind Lab Pro would be the Winner based on the head-to-head competition criterion that have been discussed in this articles. Their specific emphasis on Diabetes and Cardiovascular system protection and anti-inflammatory property Nootropics deserves a special mention. Also, Citicoline is amongst the few Nootropics that has been Scientifically approved based on their clinical trials. The fact that Mind Lab Pro adheres to the FDA’s cGMP standards can dismiss all questions regarding quality control and/or safety. The inclusion of Pterostilbene also provides this Nootropic a small-yet decisive edge over Alpha Brain.
You can read more about Vinpocetine (Alpha brain ingredient) here:
Read more about Phosphatidylserine (Both Alpha Brain And Mind Lab Pro ingredient) here:
Read more about Huperzine-A (Alpha brain ingredient) here:
Read more about Bacopa Monnieri (Both Alpha Brain And Mind Lab Pro ingredient) here: