We’re all searching for the Holy Grail of life – to be healthy, happy and productive. It sounds simple, doesn’t it? But there are a lot of competing demands that get in our way.
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Family, parenting, work, technology, stress… it all eats away at our good intentions, and sometimes we need a little extra help to become the healthiest and most productive that we can be.
Millions of people around the world take multivitamins for their bodies, but would you take a supplement for the mind?
This is our review of one such supplement, Performance Lab Mind. We’re going to take a detailed look at this particular product from all angles to see where it stands.
We’re going to focus on all the key things you need to know about Performance Lab Mind, and see where it ranks in comparison to our pick of the best nootropic supplements on sale right now.
Before we continue, however, it’s important to note that most of the supplements on this list have not been scientifically proven to work. Instead, they combine a range of ingredients such as vitamins, minerals and plant extracts which can have individual benefits.
Performance Lab Mind is one of a group of supplements known as ‘nootropics’.
Nootropics are claimed to have various benefits, and they usually contain a range of plant-based extracts sold as food supplements.
In case you didn’t know, there are more than 80 so-called nootropics identified to date.
While certain prescription drugs are also sometimes used for this purpose and other synthetic nootropics are made in a lab, by far the majority are naturally-created – and include herbs, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids – and this is the category that Performance Lab Mind falls into.
Not all nootropics work the same way or have the same supposed benefits. This is why many manufacturers sell them together in ‘stacks’ – several nootropic ingredients packaged together – to widen the potential benefit.
Performance Lab Mind is one such stack – a combination of four different nootropics packaged together into one capsule.
The manufacturer behind the product, Opti-Nutra, claims that the ingredients in Performance Lab Mind helps support a range of importance processes.
Of course, the proof is in the pudding, so let’s take a look at the ingredients to see how the Performance Lab Mind formula adds up…
The first thing to notice about Performance Lab Mind is that, unlike many other nootropics, it doesn’t contain stimulants of any kind.
Often supplements rely on caffeine for an energy boost, but that doesn’t come without potential side effects. Some people like the ‘pep’ that stimulants can bring, while others would prefer to control their stimulant intake, reduce it or eliminate it completely. Performance Lab has made the choice to eschew stimulants altogether.
While Performance Lab Mind combines four different nootropics, it is designed to be a base nootropic supplement and therefore contains far fewer ingredients than many other nootropic stacks on the market.
We’ll discuss why we think that’s a clever idea later in this review.
The four ingredients in Performance Lab Mind, therefore, are:
• Citicoline (Cognizin®), 250mg – Citicoline is one of the most popular versions of choline on the market and is a popular inclusion in many nootropics. Choline contributes to normal homocysteine metabolism. Food sources of choline include eggs, spinach, poultry, meat, dairy products and wheat.
• Phosphatidylserine (Sharp PS® Green), 100mg – Phosphatidylserine is a common ingredient in many nootropic supplements and may have some impressive benefits. The Phosphatidylserine in Performance Lab Mind is made from sunflower lecithin as opposed to soy, which many other nootropic supplements use. This helps to make the product soy and allergen-free.
• N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine (NALT), 300 mg – Tyrosine is an amino acid, commonly found in fish, eggs, beans, dairy products, meats, oats, nuts and wheat. This is a strong inclusion in a nootropic. It is included here in the premium form, N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine (NALT).
• Maritime Pine Bark Extract (standardised to 95% Proanthocyanidins), 75mg – The new generation of nootropics, such as Performance Lab Mind, seem to favour this up-and-coming nootropic, made from the bark of the Maritime pine trees which grow in Mediterranean countries. It is said to have several benefits and is another great inclusion in the formula.
As we mentioned earlier, Performance Lab Mind has been designed as a base nootropic stack, so it’s not really surprising that it doesn’t include as many ingredients as certain other ready-made nootropic stacks on the market, such as Mind Lab Pro.
No doubt some people will be disappointed that it doesn’t include some of the popular big-name nootropics such as L-Theanine or Bacopa, but to some extent, that’s missing the point.
Consider Performance Lab Mind as a solid nootropic base on which you can stack more supplements. These can either be further nootropics of your choice, or other supplements from the Performance Lab range.
We think Performance Lab Whole-Food Multivitamin is a good choice to mix with this product.
Genuine nootropics should be free of major side-effects, and the natural nature of Performance Lab Mind should make it safe for long-term and daily use.
That being said, we do always strongly recommend that you carefully check the label and make sure that you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients.
We also strongly recommend that you speak to a certified medical professional before thinking about taking any new supplement for the first time.
The directions for Performance Lab Mind are pretty straightforward.
The manufacturer Opti-Nutra recommends taking one to two capsules of Performance Lab Mind with breakfast, or the first meal of the day.
Performance Lab Mind is only available from the official Performance Lab website, meaning that you won’t find any for sale – or any customer reviews – on Amazon. It’s therefore unfortunately not possible to read many reviews from real customers.
However, this product seems to have extremely positive reviews across many supplement review websites and appears to be well-liked and appreciated by bloggers and testers alike around the web.
Honestly, we’re quite impressed by Performance Lab Mind. Rather than try to be all things to all people, the manufacturers have concentrated on providing a decent nootropic base from which to add additional supplements.
By not trying to cram in a dozen different nootropics into one capsule, it allows a good amount of space for the nootropics that they do include. The four chosen nootropics too are popular ones and make for decent additions.
The entire Performance Lab range is high quality and designed to work well together without side effects, giving you numerous options if you want to add further supplements.
If you’re looking for a base nootropic that leaves you free to supplement further according to your own wishes, Performance Lab Mind – with its ultra-clean label (more on that below) – is a solid choice.
As we touched on above, Performance Lab Mind has a very clean label, one of the cleanest we’ve seen actually.
Opti-Nutra pledges that it is free from GMOs, soy, gluten, allergens and synthetic additives. It is also GMP certified, meaning that it is produced to stringent standards and regularly tested to ensure the product cannot be contaminated with any of the above.
It is also one of the few nootropics on the market to be both vegetarian and vegan-friendly.
It is clear Opti-Nutra has gone to significant effort to create a high quality, natural, clean product, which we respect.
Performance Lab Mind is a clean nootropic stack that has carved a clever niche for itself — as a decent base nootropic support from which to build upon. Performance Lab have even made it easy by designing it to be taken alongside others in its range, with no side-effects. Products such as Performance Lab Whole-Food Multi, or their vision, energy or sleep supplements, all seem to fit together pretty well.
Failing that, you can potentially take Performance Lab Mind with its sport supplements, such as Performance Lab SPORT Pre- and Post-Workouts, BCAAs or even its fat burner or testosterone booster. After all, motivation is a crucial factor in an exercise regime.
Performance Lab Mind has a lot to recommend it. It has significant positive feedback among testers and review websites; it features four popular nootropics in an impressively clean formula, and we rate the manufacturer behind it. Opti-Nutra have demonstrated their commitment to natural, safe products and good customer service.
We also like a product that isn’t afraid to list all of its ingredients up-front and centre.
Nowadays too many supplements – nootropics and others – fall back on the old cliché of a ‘proprietary blend’. This is essentially a way of hiding either ingredients or dosages. We cannot help but think that if there’s a need for this, it’s usually because the ingredients either aren’t very effective, or they are not included in clinically effective doses.
Performance Lab doesn’t hide behind proprietary blends in any of its products, so you know exactly what you are putting into your body. Very important, we think.
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