While Mind Lab Pro can be regarded as a veteran in the field of nootropics, TruBrain is more of a newcomer which shot to fame owing to its presence on the globally acclaimed show, “Shark Tank” where the founders successfully pitched their product to millions of customers at once. TruBrain has a vibrant marketing team across social forums, news, media and other channels to ensure they build a brand-image that is second to none. TruBrain prides itself in its team with UCLA-trained neuroscientists and “die-hard” customer loyalty. It remains a more conventional nootropic supplement brand riding on its “first to market” advantage. Today we’ll compare them face to face to see if they can pair to each other or if one of them is a clear winner in this duel. First, we start with their ingredient list.
|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 C||300 mg|
|N-Acetyl Tyrosine||350 mg|
|Uridine Monophosphate||500 mg|
APS = Amount Per Serving, mcg = Micrograms, mg = Miligrams
|Mind Lab Pro||Trubrain|
|Serving Sizes||60 Capsules in a Box||30 packs in a Box|
|Per Dose Serving||2 Capsules in a day||1 oz packet|
|How much do you need for a month||1 bottle||1 box|
Placed head to head TruBrain is a very strong competitor for its veteran counterpart Mind Lab Pro. Let’s dive right in and decode each of the specifics that these supplements have to offer.
Price and Value:
A very crude comparison would price a single Alpha Brain capsule – 1.08$ and a single Trubrain pack – 2.16$. 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||Trubrain|
|Vitamin C||75-90 mg||NA||300mg|
|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||NA|
Vitamins are basically proteinaceous molecules that behave like enzymes in biochemical processes. They are responsible for the well-being of our body, amongst various other functions. Vitamin B is chiefly responsible for the well-being of neurons, protection against antioxidant damage to neurons and the wellbeing of the central nervous system. We can see that Mind Lab Pro decided to put all three chief B vitamins that promote exclusively brain health. Studies have reported that vitamin B6, B9 and B12 together can benefit our nervous system and boost our cognition. Vitamin C is responsible for the wellbeing of skin, nails and hair. Vitamin B and Vitamin C are both water-soluble and any excess gets washed off in the urine. Vitamin C becomes essential for people who are chronic smokers, since it protects the lungs and the skin. From the above table, Mind Lab Pro emerges as a clear winner since it is rich in Vitamin B. Vitamin C is readily available in the form of citrus fruits and others, and doesn’t need to be supplemented externally – this is in stark contrast to Vitamin B which is available almost exclusively in animal meat and produce, but also in some leafy greens such as spinach.
Amino Acids Battle:
|Amino Acid||RDA||Mind Lab Pro||Trubrain|
|L-Tyrosine||0.5-2g / 50-120 mg per kg||175 mg||350mg|
From the table above, TruBrain clearly beats Mind Lab Pro in the amino-acids race. Acetyl L-Carnitine is used to improve cognitive function and memory in the older age-groups. It is also being used for the treatment of hormonal insufficiency in men and to alleviate depression. Acetyl L-Carnitine use in the treatment of nerve pain and fibromyalgia and other genetic disorders is being studied.
L-Tyrosine and L-Theanine are present in both of these supplements brands. While L-Theanine promotes activity and wakefulness, L-Tyrosine is involved in various metabolic processes, including muscle-growth.
Nootropic Ingredients Battle:
As competitors who offer the best nootropic combination to win over their customers, the table below demonstrates the nootropics each of these supplements has:
|Ingredient||Mind Lab Pro||Trubrain||Functions|
|Phosphatidylserine||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|
|Centrophenoxine||/||YES||– Neuro-energizer by enhancing acetylcholine levels in brain|
– Eliminates some waste products from the body
|Uridine Monophosphate||/||YES||– Mood optimizer|
|L-Tyrosine||YES||YES||– Mental performance during stressful conditions|
– Memory during stressful conditions
– Improving alertness
|L-Theanine||YES||YES||– Helps with anxiety, stress and depression |
– Mental performance in combination with caffeine
From the table above, Mind Lab pro emerges as a clear winner quantitatively. Its focus to include minimal side-effect causing natural nootropics deserves praise. In contrast, TruBrain has a focus on synthetic nootropics with centrophenoxine and noopept as its primary nootropics apart from phosphatidylserine which is a common-factor between the two. Centrophenoxine is a relatively new nootropic, with insufficient conclusive research into its mechanism of action and side-effects. It prevents lipofuscin buildup in the elderly and is being used to increase RNA synthesis and protein synthesis. A recent study claims that it could be teratogenic (cancer-causing/development disorder causing substance) and thus must be used cautiously. User testimonials suggests that centrophenoxine enhances memory, and also prevents fatigue.
Noopept has a psychostimulatory effect and provides mild stimulation after supplementation. It is neuroprotective and provides some very promising neuro-rehabilitative advantages in patients in stroke/trauma recovery. Noopept is also known to alleviate anxiety and depression. In chemotherapy, noopept has gained recognition for enhancing immunity in immunosuppressed individuals receiving cyclophosphamide.
Winner is Mind Lab Pro!
We can conclude that the clear winner is – Mind Lab Pro. While noopept offers a range of positive effects at rehabilitative and preventive care – the constituents of Mind Lab Pro beat it owing to their favorable side-effect profile and the conclusive research evidence that each of its constituents provides. The side-effects associated with Centrophenoxine and Noopept need to be further studied and the risk associated with them – evaluated.
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