Heading straight into the head-to-head competition for the best nootropic supplement, today we have Mind Lab Pro in the left corner and Lumultra in the right! MindLab pro is made by OptiNutra, a company based out of the United Kingdom. LumUltra is another nootropic manufactured by Avanse Nutraceuticals, a company based in the USA. You may also know LumUltra as Lumonol, as that was its previous name. Both of these brands are caffeine-free and follow the industry standards for quality control, with a focus on providing the best of both naturally grown nootropics, as well as clinically tested artificial nootropics. Let’s start with the ingredient list to see what do they consist of.
|Mind Lab Pro||APS|
|Phosphatidylserine (PS)||100 mg|
|Bacopa Monnieri||150 mg|
|Lion’s Mane||500 mg|
|Maritime Pine Bark Extract||75 mg|
|Rhodiola Rosea||50 mg|
|Vitamin B6||2.5 mg|
|Vitamin B9||100 mcg|
|Vitamin B12||7.5 mcg|
|Vitamin B12||250 mcg|
APS = Amount Per Serving, mcg = Micrograms, mg = Miligrams
|Mind Lab Pro||Lumultra|
|Serving Sizes||60 capsules in a box||60 capsules|
|Per Dose Serving||2 capsules in a day||2 capsules in a day|
|How much do you need for a month||1 bottle||1 bottle|
Price and Value:
A very crude comparison would price a single Mind Lab Pro capsule – 1.08$ and a single Lumultra capsule – 0.99$. Lets dive deeper in what do they offer for that pricing.
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||Mind Lab Pro||Lumultra|
|Vitamin B6||1.3-1.6 mg||2.5 mg||NA|
|Vitamin B9||400 mcg||100 mcg||NA|
|Vitamin B12||2.4 mcg||7.5 mcg||250 mcg|
The table above provides us a clear comparison between the vitamin supplementation that each of these brands provide. Mind Lab Pro contains each of the vitamins listed above, not deviating a lot from the RDA values. LumUltra is “super-rich” in vitamin B12 and contains almost 100 times the recommended RDA of it! Vitamin B12 is essential for red blood cell production, and for nerve and tissue-growth. It’s a water soluble vitamin and any excess is eliminated from the body via urine. Toxicity symptoms from vitamin B12 are very rare, and thus side-effects due to extra intake are not documented. Vitamin B12 is available in meat, liver and other non-vegetarian items. As it’s found exclusively in animal produce, people who follow a vegetarian diet need to be supplemented from external sources.
Clearly, Mind Lab Pro provides a complete solution in the vitamin segment. It contains vitamins B6, B9 and B12, in lesser quantities than the RDA requirements. This gap, however, can be fulfilled with a balanced diet.
Amino Acids Battle:
|Amino Acid||RDA||Mind Lab Pro||Lumultra|
|L-Tyrosine||0.5-2 g / 50-120 mg per kg||175 mg||**Less than 515 mg|
|L-Theanine||Not clearly specified||100 mg||NA|
|Acetyl L-Carnitine||Not clearly specified||NA||**Less than 515 mg|
**Lumultra 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.
Both supplements chose some nootropic-like amino acids. Mind Lab Pro has decided to go with L-Tyrosine and L-Theanine which boost our energy production and wakefulness. LumUltra included L-Tyrosine like the Mind Lab Pro but with the addition of Acetyl L-Carnitine. Acetyl-L-Carnitine is a “magic molecule” that is being used for a variety of conditions like:
– age-related memory loss
– alcohol withdrawal (and associated memory loss)
– nerve pain (due to alcohol withdrawal and diabetes)
– poor brain function
– mood disorders
Further, L-Tyrosine is a common ingredient in both these supplements. Tyrosine is said to improve memory and cognition by increasing the levels of neurotransmitters Acetylcholine and Dopamine. These become especially useful in stressful situations. Norepinephrine is also produced from Tyrosine, an important mediator in the muscle recovery process. L- Theanine, on the other hand, is an amino acid found in green tea that can do wonders to our body. From immuno-properties to focus enhancers, L Theanine is highly praised among the nootropic society.
Both, Mind Lab Pro and LumUltra chose some promising amino acids, with L-Tyrosine being a common ingredient. Acetyl L-Carnitine and L-Theanine can both improve some of our cognitive and memory properties, but in a different manner, so if you would choose between one or another the decision would be entirely based on your personal preference.
Nootropic Ingredients Battle:
We’ve come to the grand finale! Let’s see what they are made of!
|Ingredient||Mind Lab Pro||Lumultra||Functions|
|Phosphatidylserine||YES||YES||– Improves mental function|
– Improves symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
– Enhances athletic performance.
– Alleviates muscle soreness
|Citicoline||YES||/||– Memory enhancer|
– Recovery in stroke patients
|Bacopa Monneri||YES||/||– Can help with learning and memory|
– Helps with anxiety
|Lion’s Mane Mushroom||YES||/||– Antioxidant function|
– Can treat anxiety and depression
– Might boost cognitive health
– Nerve regeneration
|Pine Bark Extract||YES||/||– Improves mental function and memory|
|Rhodiola Rosea||YES||/||– Lowers stress and boosts mood|
– Fights fatigue
– Can improve brain function
|Noopept||/||YES||– Improves memory and brain function|
|Panax Ginseng||/||YES||– Improves thinking|
– Improves memory and concentration in combination with Ginkgo extract
– Promotes sexual function
– Improves physical stamina and endurance
|Guarana||/||YES||– Promotes wakefulness and energy production|
|Ginkgo Biloba||/||YES||– promotes cognition and alertness|
– prevents mood-swings that come associated with depression and other disorders
|L-Alpha GPC||/||YES||– Boosts acetylcholine levels in the brain|
– Improves memory and thinking
– Improves learning
– Improves symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia
|L-Tyrosine||YES||YES||– Mental performance during stressful conditions|
– Memory during stressful conditions
– Improving alertness
|L-Theanine||YES||/||– Helps with anxiety, stress and depression – Mental performance in combination with caffeine|
|Acetyl L-Carnitine||/||YES||– Improves athletic performance and promotes fat breakdown|
– Improves memory and thinking skills
Equal in the number of nootropics that each of the supplements contains, but in totally different approaches. Looking at this list we would praise the Mind Lab Pro’s ingredient choices for having a totally natural nootropic stack, unlike the LumUltra which features Noopept. One more thing we don’t like from the LumUltra’s formula is the inclusion of Guarana in their formula. Noopept is a synthetic compound and has a similar effect to piracetam, which is also considered as a nootropic. It has a special role in that it reduces inflammation while increasing immunity in an immunosuppressed individual. It’s also said that it can promote cognitive health and provide some memory benefits. But some people have complained of the following side-effects while using noopept: brain fog, anxiety, fatigue, headache and insomnia. Also, synthetically made nootropics are not so predictable like the natural counterparts, so we can’t know for sure how will they react in the body. Guarana has a bad rep. due to its side effects. A dose of over 400 mg a day can bring chaos in the body. Nausea, tremors, vomiting, increased heart rate and blood pressure, stomach cramps, irregular heartbeats are some of the symptoms of taking guarana daily. One more scary thing about Guarana is that your body can get addicted to it if taken daily! Yes, Guarana causes addiction in the body and it can also cause some pretty bad withdrawal symptoms if you would reduce the usual dose! When we look at the ingredient list of LumUltra we can see that Guarana along with Panax Ginseng has a total dose of 400mg, but we don’t know how much of Guarana is in that 400mg dose. So, it’s unclear how much Guarana you intake daily in your system while taking LumUltra’s nootropic formula which is a huge minus to the overall presentation. As for the other ingredients of this list we only have words of praise. Panax Ginseng is a fresh ingredient with some powerful benefits that we don’t always see in the formula lists. Mind Lab Pro ensured its formula can benefit everyone and cause minimal side effects by having minimal side-effect causing natural nootropics.
Winner is… Hard to tell!
Both supplement brands are worth their money in their own right. Their formulas are assembled in their own manners and they provide different, yet similar effects. Mind Lab Pro features a safe formula with many known nootropic names that have positive effects on the human brain and body. It also has a nice addition of vitamins B6, B9 and B12 which can also benefit our nervous system and boost our cognition. As it’s an all-natural formula it may take some time to show any benefits when taking the Mind Labs Pro formula. One more positive thing about the Mind Labs Pro formula is that they decided to include Theanine instead of Guarana, unlike the LumUltra, which is a much better choice as it can bring the same benefits as caffeine (Guarana has caffeine in it) without the side effects!
LumUltra, on the other hand, features a pretty good formula as well. It has some strong memory and cognition enhancers that are medically backed up. Noopept being a synthetic compound can show some benefits in a shorter amount of time, unlike the Mind Labs Pro formula that can take weeks. Panax Ginseng is a powerful plant and taking it along with Ginkgo can give you that positive mood and cognition boost which we all need. LumUltra’s formula can increase your energy production, which is just as important as its nootropic benefits.
We leave you to decide, which one will it be? See you in another nootropic battle!
Read more about Phosphatidylserine (Both formulas have them included) here:
Read more about Bacopa Monnieri (Mind Lab Pro ingredient) here:
Read more about Ginkgo Biloba and St.John’s Wort (Lumultra ingredient) here: