Looking to get your brain firing on all cylinders? Because this may be the best tool we’ve seen to ‘boost’ brainpower.
We’re always on the hunt for the best ways to help improve both our physical and mental performance. Being mentally sharp is crucial in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world.
Of course, eating healthily, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly are some of the first things that should be on your list.
But adding a nootropic supplement to your regimen can help sharpen your cognition keep your brain operating at the highest level.
One we’ve been hearing a lot about recently is Mind Lab Pro. Known as a ‘universal nootropic’, it has been designed to and nourish and protect the brain for long-term, healthy function. It’s manufactured by Opti-Nutra, a specialist supplements company.
Product website: www.mindlabpro.com
We’ve done some digging into it for this review and found that Mind Lab Pro is:
• Safe – It combines premium-quality ingredients in a supplement that’s safe to take every day.
• Effective – The quality ingredients support brainpower by boosting your overall brain-state.
• Universal – We love that MLP is designed for everybody. It’s vegan, gluten-free, allergen-free, GMO-free and is aimed at people of all ages and lifestyles.
• Improved cognitive performance and memory – Felt sharper and more focused. Found it easier to retain new information.
• Caffeine free – There was no artificial energy rush unlike many of the supplements packed with stimulants.
• Quality ingredients – Features the highly researched natural ingredients and consistently boosted performance.
• No side effects – Thanks to the natural ingredients.
• You can currently only buy it from one place – boxes are sold exclusively on the official Mind Lab Pro website.
• It’s premium priced – Currently $65 / £40 a bottle. They do offer discounts on multi-box orders but it may not suit everyone’s budget.
Finding the best nootropic supplement can get pretty daunting given the sheer amounts of information available online these days. Luckily for you, we’ve researched each of the ingredients in Mind Lab Pro to discover their benefits and have also taken a look through the customer feedback. Let’s start by taking a look at the ingredients of Mind Lab Pro.
The website claims Mind Lab Pro can help with every type of cognitive processing:
• Studying and Learning
• Test-Taking Performance
• Mental Processing Speed
• Creativity and Abstract Thinking
• Mood, Relaxation and Mindset
• Memory and Recall
• Communication and Verbal Fluidity
• Strategic Thinking
• Attention, Focus and Concentration
So, what exactly is in each Mind Lab Pro capsule?
This is one of our favourite nootropics right now. Citicoline helps to power your brain cells and enhance the neural electrical impulses that power all thought. The official website quotes studies of Citicoline showing it to boost brain cell membrane formation by 26 per cent and brain energy by 13.6 per cent. In plain English, Citicoline is known as a ‘multitasking’ nootropic which has been shown to promote mood balance, memory, attention, focus and concentration. Once digested, Citicoline is converted into cytidine and choline. The choline can help increase dopamine levels, while the cytidine can convert into uridine to help with brain cell membrane formation.
This is a polyphenol found widely in grapes and blueberries. It is generally considered to be a ‘protective’ nootropic to support overall healthy brain function. The type of Pterostilbene found in Mind Lab Pro is extracted only from botanicals, which makes a refreshing change because many of the versions on sale today are synthetic.
3) Bacopa monnieri
This comes from a herb native to the wetlands of world. Bacopa is thought to have contribute with memory performance and help with new learning and retention. Bacopa has been used in traditional medicine for longevity and cognitive enhancement and human research has suggested that it can slow down the rate of forgetting newly acquired knowledge.
4) Lion’s Mane mushroom
That’s a cool-sounding name, but what exactly does it do? Lion’s Mane Mushroom is the only mushroom to support brain health. Described by some as ‘gift to your nervous system’, it contains the active nootropics hericenones and erinacines. The website quotes a study showed cognitive improvements in adults aged 50 to 80 with mild cognitive impairment and it can also improve mood balance.
Phosphatidylserine (PS) is included as Sharp PS® Green. PS is a phospholipid compound that makes up around 15 per cent of the brain’s fats. The bad news is that levels of phospholipids such as PS tend to decline with age, which is why adding it to your nootropic stack is definitely a good idea. It is thought to sharpen memory, slow cognitive decline, and promote an upbeat outlook on things, according to the website.
L-Theanine is an amino acid found in many health supplements these days. It is known for its calming effect and the website says it helps to bring on a sense of ‘wakeful relaxation’. It can help bring a feeling of calm while at the same time sharpening attention and focus. Mind Lab Pro includes L-Theanine as Suntheanine®, supplying 100 per cent pure L-isomer-Theanine, which is shown to enhance Alpha brainwaves.
Tyrosine is an amino acid compound which can boost the processes involved in memory, mood and mental processing. That includes dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine, according to the official website. A study quoted on the website reports that Tyrosine was found to enhance mental performance as tasks progressed from easier to more difficult. Put simply, this nootropic can help with neurotransmitters and regeneration. Mind Lab Pro uses N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine because it is more easily absorbed than normal Tyrosine.
8) Rhodiola Rosea
This is a flowering plant which grows naturally in wild Arctic regions of Europe. According to the website, Rhodiola Rosea can strengthen mental and physical stress resistance while at the same time supporting brain energy. This herb is also thought to promoting clear, calm thinking when in stressful situations. It can boost your memory, attention span, mood and work capacity. It also contains Salidroside, which can help to protect neurons from oxidative stress-induced cell death.
Vinpocetine is lab synthesised from the periwinkle plant, which is native to Europe, northwest Africa and southwest Asia. Put simply, Vinpocetine helps to increase blood flow to the brain to promote healthy brain function. it can also block sodium in neurons and protect the brain from oxidative stress and toxins. It can help with attention, concentration, and memory in as little as two days, according to the website.
10) Vitamin B6
One of the key vitamins found in lots of supplements these days, because mild B6 deficiency is relatively common. Vitamin B6, which is included in Mind Lab Pro as pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P), helps to protect the blood-brain barrier’s microvascular system and also aids in the production of serotonin, norepinephrine, and melatonin. Supplemental B6 has been linked in research to mental performance and mood balance, according to the website.
11) Vitamin B12
The final ingredient in Mind Lab Pro is Vitamin B12 as Methylcobalamin. You probably already know that B12 is a key nutrient for the central nervous system but what you might not know is that around 15 per cent of adults over the age of 60 are deficient in B12. According to the website, B12 may help to regulate the homocysteine linked to age-related cognitive decline.
You can find out more about the ingredients in Mind Lab Pro on the official website here.
We trawled through the internet to see whether Mind Lab Pro was positively reviewed. We found that it has generally very positive feedback, with many users reporting performance improvements after taking it for just a week. There were a couple of issues with delivery but these appeared to be resolved directly by Opti-Nutra.
We also stumbled upon this video interview with chess grandmaster Nigel Short in which he discusses how Mind Lab Pro has helped him.
The website recommends that you take two capsules in the morning or early afternoon, preferably with a meal.
In in terms of potentially building a tolerance to Mind Lab Pro, we recommend that you ‘cycle’ it, taking it four weeks ‘on’ and one week ‘off’, as stated on the website.
If you’re looking for a universal nootropic featuring natural research-backed ingredients, it’s definitely worth considering Mind Lab Pro.
Each box contains 60 capsules to give you a month’s supply of two capsules per day. The best deal is the three-month supply, which is $195 / £120 and includes a free box. Worldwide shipping is free.
Overall, we found this to be a great product and customers seem to think the same.
For more information and to buy: http://www.mindlabpro.com
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