Optimind, the self-proclaimed leader in the American nootropics space, became very popular when it started offering trials for a 2 week period for absolutely free. Ultimate Brain & Body by Tapi Labs is a newer entrant in the nootropic space. Both of these supplements are made in FDA-Approved facilities and offer some tangible benefits for mind and body wellness, including primary prevention of deficiencies and diseases.
|Vitamin D||9.6 mcg|
|Vitamin B12||500 mcg|
Huperzine A Complex
|Ultimate Brain & Body by Tapi Labs (Brain bottle)||APS|
|St. John’s Wort||500 mg|
|Phosphatidylserine Complex||250 mg|
|Bacopa Monnieri||200 mg|
|DMAE Bitartrate||100 mg|
|N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCI||100 mg|
|Ginkgo Biloba||100 mg|
|Ultimate Brain & Body by Tapi Labs (Body bottle)|
|Vitamin A (2.500 IU), Vitamin C (120mg), Vitamin D (2.000 IU), Vitamin E (30 IU), Thiamine (25mg), Riboflavin (25mg), Niacin (25mg), Vitamin B-6 (25mg), Folic Acid (400mcg), Vitamin B-12 (500mcg), Biotin (1000mcg), Pantothenic Acid (30mg), Calcium (120mg), Iron (18mg), Iodine (150mcg), Magnesium (60mg), Zinc (15mg), Selenium (25mcg), Copper (500mcg), Manganese (2mg), Chromium (100mcg), Molybdenum (51mcg), Sodium (10mg) & Potassium (50mg), Choline (10mg), Inositol (10mg), Boron (1mg), DNA (1mg) & RNA (1mg), Lutein (10mcg), Citrus Bio Complex (50mg), Digestive Enzyme Blend (50mg), Probiotic Blend (25mg), Omega Blend (100mg), Green and Whole Food Blend (520mg), Herb Blend (100mg), Vegetable Blend (100mg), Fruit Blend (100mg), Mushroom Blend (50mg)|
APS = Amount Per Serving, mcg = Micrograms, mg = Miligrams
Bacopa Monnieri, Huperzine-A and Phosphatidylserine are common entities of both nootropic supplement brands, proven to enhance memory and promote quicker verbal recall. GABA is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter found in the brain and is responsible for promoting relaxation and probably enhancing concentration by warding off futile thoughts. Alpha-Lipoic Acid is a welcome addition in the Optimind that promotes well-being of cells.
|Optimind||Ultimate Brain & Body by Tapi Labs|
|Serving Sizes||32 capsules in a box||60 capsules + 90 tablets in a Box|
|Per Dose Serving||2 capsules in a day||2 capsules + 3 tablets in a day|
|How much do you need for a month||2 boxes||1 box|
Price and Value:
A very crude comparison would price a single Optimind capsule – 0.93$ and a single Ultimate Brain & Body capsule(tablet) – 0.59$. Lets dive deeper in what do they offer for that pricing.
Recommended Dietary Allowance:
Micronutrients, as the name implies are substances required in extremely small amounts. Their purpose is to optimize metabolic functions throughout the body. They also improve general wellbeing and accelerate the normal body processes while reducing wear and tear.
|Vitamin||RDA||Optimind||Ultimate Brain & Body by Tapi Labs|
|Vitamin A||800 mcg||NA||2.500 IU|
|Vitamin B1||1.2 mg||1.5 mg||25 mg|
|Vitamin B2||1.2 mg||NA||25 mg|
|Vitamin B3||15 mg||NA||25 mg|
|Vitamin B5||5 mg||NA||30 mg|
|Vitamin B6||1.6 mg||NA||25 mg|
|Biotin||100 mcg||NA||1000 mcg|
|Vitamin B9||400 mcg||NA||400 mcg|
|Vitamin B12||2.4 mcg||500 mcg||500 mcg|
|Vitamin C||90 mg||NA||120 mg|
|Vitamin D||20 mcg||9.6 mcg||2.000 IU|
|Vitamin E||15 mg||NA||30 IU|
We can conclude from the table above that the Ultimate Brain & Body by Tapi Labs provides a complete solution for the wellbeing of both mind and body. Optimind maintains its single-minded focus on the nootropics space with just Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D and Thiamin, giving little vitamin support to the body. The B-Complex of Vitamins which are (exhaustively) represented in the Ultimate Brain & Body are the “Facility Managers” of the nervous system. They are responsible for keeping the nerves healthy and preventing oxidant damage that can induce cancer and inflammation. Furthermore, the presence of fat-soluble vitamins A and D contributes to bone and teeth wellness. Vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance of vision and also improves skin texture and fertility.
Ultimate Brain Body contains the following micronutrients:
– Sodium and Potassium
– DNA and RNA
The elements above are trace minerals, meaning they’re required in trace quantities, but that doesn’t mean they are not important. Minerals like calcium and phosphorus are important for maintaining the strength and function of bones. Manganese, selenium and molybdenum are co-factors for various enzymes and participate in various other metabolic activities. Iodine is crucial for the maintenance of the thyroid gland. Almost all of these minerals have their role in the body, some are minor, but some are irreplaceable and with that said we can conclude that the Ultimate Brain & Body bottles have an impressive stack, unlike the Optimind.
Brain & Body also affords the following ingredients with a multitude of benefits:
Citrus Bio complex:
It contains hesperidin, rutin and quercetin all of which enhance collagen synthesis and improve the Vitamin C levels in the blood. This complex is also extremely potent in its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Digestive Enzyme Blend:
Betaine, bromelain and papain enhance carbohydrate metabolism and absorption, while amylase enhances fat breakdown. The digestive enzyme blend can promote proper absorption of food materials with adequate supply of fiber.
Containing B. bifidum, L. bulgaricus and L. acidophilus. Probiotics or friendly bacteria have known to enhance the well-being of the gut intrinsically and functionally. Cellulose, the constituent of most plants and veggies cannot be digested by enzymes of our body. However, probiotics like B.Bifidum and others can easily breakdown this complex polypeptide into simpler molecules for quick metabolism and easy excretion. This is known to prevent constipation.
Containing the Omega family of fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6 enhance the wellbeing of neurons and prevent cognition and memory decline. They improve the heart and lung function as well.
Green and Whole Food Blend:
Containing the oat extract, apple pectin, chlorophyllin, barley grass and spirulina. This blend is very rich in vitamins and minerals. They help with stronger bones and provide antioxidants for better immune system function.
The herb blend contains echinacea, ginger, milk thistle, cayenne, Korean ginseng extract, ginkgo biloba extract and goldenseal all of which are known to enhance the body’s metabolic rate and promote the wellbeing of gastrointestinal tract. They also have antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidative properties which help boost the immune system and help the body fight off diseases.
Fruit and Vegetable Blend:
Containing papaya powder, grapefruit extract, apple powder, peach, strawberry, acai, cranberry, blueberry, bilberry extract, pomegranate extract, pineapple, orange and noni powder. Berries are known to have antioxidative properties to them. They can slow down aging and help reduce inflammation throughout the body. These ingrediencies also boost skin texture making it soft and plump.
Contains: shitake mushrooms, maitake mushrooms and reishi mushrooms. Mushrooms have all sorts of medical properties added to them. They help detoxify the body and can also affect the human brain in various ways. Mushrooms have the ability to boost brain functions which adds up on the nootropic list!
Amino Acids Battle:
Amino acids can be regarded as the building blocks for the structural framework of our body and its various systems. Combinations of amino acids form different proteins, which in return buildup muscle, bone and ligaments. Amino acids can be essential and non-essential.
|Amino Acid||RDA||Optimind||Ultimate Brain & Body by Tapi Labs||Uses|
|L-Taurine||500–2000mg||**less than 1.288 g||NA||– antioxidant|
– regulation of calcium channel signaling
|L-Tyrosine||500-2000mg||**less than 1.288 g||NA||– improves mood and memory by increasing neurotransmitters: dopamine, adrenaline and norepinephrine|
|Glutamine||3-6g||NA||300mg||– helps gut function, immune system and muscle recovery|
|N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine||500-2000mg||NA||100mg||– improves athletic performance and promotes fat breakdown|
– improves memory and thinking skills
**Optimind 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.
Nootropic Ingredients Battle:
|Ingredient||Optimind||Ultimate Brain & Body by Tapi Labs||Functions|
|Bacopa Monnieri||YES||YES||– Known to aid memory retention, improve focus and verbal recall.|
– Has anti-anxiety properties
|Phosphatidylserine Complex||YES||YES||– Can help prevent depression, age related cognitive decline and improve post-workout recovery|
|St. Johns’ Wort||/||YES||– Is a powerful antidepressant|
– Can help treat depression and migraines
– Is a powerful wound healer
|DMAE Bitartrate||/||YES||– Can boost brain health by increasing levels of Acetylcholine, the chief neurotransmitter in the brain. Thus reducing brain-fog, brain fatigue, improving memory and promoting verbal recall|
|Ginkgo Biloba||/||YES||– Promotes cognition and alertness|
– Prevents mood-swings that come associated with depression and other disorders
|Huperzine A||YES||YES||– Enhances memory and learning skills|
– Improves Acetylcholine levels and prevents damage from environmental sources
|Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid||YES||/||– Can relieve anxiety, improve mood and relieve pain|
|N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine||/||YES||– Improves athletic performance and promotes fat breakdown|
– Improves memory and thinking skills
|Caffeine||YES||/||– Can help with mental alertness|
– Can lower the risk of memory decline
Both supplements have some quality-tested nootropic in their arsenal. Ginkgo Biloba and its concentrated bacosides preparation is known to enhance memory and prevent neuronal degeneration. It also prevents the accumulation of neural pigments (seen in Alzheimer’s). Huperzine A and DMAE Bitartrate have been studied clinically and were some real promise in promoting verbal recall and retarding age-related dementia problems.
Winner is Ultimate Brain & Body by Tapi Labs!
Although Optimind has some strong nootropics in its formula it features both caffeine and taurine which cause some serious negative side effects! Taurine has been linked to kidney failure if taken in high doses. Caffeine can also cause sleep disorders, jitters, stomach irritations and increased heart rate if taken in high doses which is likely to occur as it’s the main ingredient of coffee and green tea (a lot of us enjoys a cup of coffee every day). Both caffeine and taurine can give you a slight boost of energy, but studies have shown that the boost is often followed by a crash. That’s something to avoid when you want to include a product in your daily diet. Ultimate Brain & Body has a good nootropic stack and features some high-quality nootropics like Ginkgo Biloba, St. Johns’ Wort and Huperzine A. But even though they both feature a good profile of nootropics, the Ultimate Brain & Body leaves Optimind far behind in the vitamins and micronutrient profile race. The “Body” bottle contains almost every micronutrient that our body uses, which the Optimind lacks by having only three micronutrients available in their formula.
When we look at the price, Optimind is the clear winner at first glance with its $30 price. But if we look at it a little deeper, we can see that it contains 32 capsules and that the dose per serving is 2 capsules per day. Which means that it only provides servings for 16 days. To last a full month you would have to buy 2 bottles which makes the price $60, as supposed to $30. Ultimate Brain & Body is pricier with its $89 price, but it’s an all in one product with its rich selection of nootropics, vitamins, minerals and blends. All of that for a $20 price difference. Optimind is a lot easier to implement in your daily diet as supposed to Ultimate Brain & Body which tells us to take 5 capsules a day between each meal, now that’s a lot of commitment. But the good thing is that you can always divide your servings and take only one of each capsule for a day. That way you can prolong your pack and have it for 2 months. In the end, when you look in the long run, it turns out that the Ultimate Brain & Body will cost you LESS than Optimind because it’s more versatile and has a larger number of capsules.
This is our take on this nootropic battle duo, what do you think? What’s more important to you, the ingredient count, what ingredients are in them or the price? It’s up to you to decide. See you in another NOOTROPIC BATTLE!
You can read more about Glutamine (Ultimate Brain & Body ingredient) here:
Read more about Phosphatidylserine (Both formulas have them included) here:
Read more about Huperzine-A (Both formulas have them included) here:
Read more about Bacopa Monnieri (Both formulas have them included) here:
Read more about Ginkgo Biloba and St.John’s Wort (Ultimate Brain & Body ingredient) here:
Read more about Vitamin D and Calcium (Both formulas have them included) here:
Read more about DMAE Bitartrate (DEANOL) (Ultimate Brain & Body ingredient) here: