Alpha BRAIN vs. Mind Lab Pro pits an established brand against a newcomer that’s already a contender for the crown.
Alpha BRAIN has 12 ingredients. Mind Lab Pro has 11. They share 9 highly similar nootropics.
Check out the Tale of the Tape, and see how Alpha Brain & Mind Lab Pro compare on those shared ingredients.
The differences you see reveal which works better and emerges as the WINNER.
Tale of the Tape
Mind Lab Pro
|B-6 (Pyridoxine HCl)||10 mg||Vitamin B6 as P-5-P||2.5 mg|
|Onnit® Flow Blend||650 mg||Vitamin B12 as Methylcobalamin||7.5 mcg|
|L-Tyrosine||?||Citicoline (Cognizin®)||250 mg|
|L-Theanine||?||Bacopa monnieri (45% bacosides, whole plant)||150 mg|
|Oatstraw Extract||?||Lion’s Mane Mushroom||500 mg|
|Phosphatidylserine (derived from soy)||?||Phosphatidylserine (Sharp-PS® Green, derived from sunflower lecithin)||100 mg|
|Onnit® Focus Blend:||240 mg||Pterostilbene||500 mcg|
|Alpha GPC||?||N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine||175 mg|
|Bacopa monniera Extract||?||L-Theanine (as Suntheanine®)||100 mg|
|Huperzia serrata Extract||?||Rhodiola Rosea (3% rosavins and 1% salidroside) (root)||200 mcg|
|Onnit® Fuel Blend||65 mg||Vinpocetine||6 mg|
Round 1: Formulas
Alpha BRAIN’s formula is designed for memory, focus and mental processing. The Flow blend optimizes brainwaves, which is Alpha BRAIN’s main strategy. Focus blend has some neurotransmitter support; Fuel blend promotes brain energy via better cerebral circulation.
Alpha BRAIN’s real X-Factor is the AC-11®, an branded form of Cat’s Claw that makes a lot of claims, but seems most science-backed for targeting the brain tangles of Alzheimer’s. This is a great benefit… if you’re age 65+.
Alpha BRAIN’s success hinges on AC-11®, but it is not supported by enough science, and it does not boost mental performance.
While Alpha BRAIN dazzles with MMA connections, celebrity power, fancy marketing, and exotic AC-11, Mind Lab Pro (MLP) quietly dominates with a formula that does everything Alpha BRAIN does – but better, and a whole lot more.
The ingredients these formula share have science-backed brain-boosting effects.
But MLP gains the upper hand with bigger dosages and superior forms of those shared nutrients.
Plus, MLP supplies Lion’s Mane Mushroom & Rhodiola — bringing punching power that Alpha BRAIN just does not have, backed by much more evidence than the weakly-supported AC-11.
Finally, the Mind Lab Pro formula is combined in a way that has synergy and far-reaching nootropic activity. It optimizes six different cognitive pathways (including brainwaves, though Alpha BRAIN does brainwaves better), to help with every aspect of brain performance.
At the end of this round, it’s clear: MLP is more powerful than Alpha BRAIN and has a broader scope of mental performance-enhancing activity.
Round 1: Mind Lab Pro Wins.
Round 2: Dosages
This round’s outcome is obvious as soon as we hear the bell:
Alpha BRAIN uses prop blends that hide most dosages.
Mind Lab Pro is 100% transparent, listing ALL dosages.
Alpha BRAIN isn’t that bad because at least they give dosage for the driving force, AC-11®. Three blends show dosages, so we can make an educated guess: They hit many good dosages. But in prop blends, there is always uncertainty.
One thing that sets Mind Lab Pro apart (and makes it our #1-ranked nootropic supplement) is that it doesn’t just show all dosages – it hits clinical range dosage on 10 out of 11. That’s some dosage mastery right there.
But what MLP does with those dosages lands a huge punch in the next round…
Round 2: Mind Lab Pro Wins.
Round 3: Ingredient Quality
Maybe you noticed in the Tale of the Tape that even though Mind Lab Pro & Alpha BRAIN use similar ingredients, the forms look different. Let’s compare some:
- Vitamin B6: Alpha BRAIN uses cheap Pyridoxine HCl, but Mind Lab Pro uses the superior P-5-P form.
- Tyrosine: Alpha BRAIN uses plain L-Tyrosine, Mind Lab Pro uses the premium N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine form that is more effective for brain health.
- Phosphatidylserine: Alpha BRAIN uses plain PS (from soy), Mind Lab Pro uses premium Sharp-PS® made from sunflower lecithin.
- Choline: Alpha BRAIN uses Alpha GPC, Mind Lab Pro uses Cognizin® Citicoline, a more powerful form with the added brain-booster Uridine.
- Bacopa Monnieri: Alpha BRAIN uses plain Bacopa herb; Mind Lab Pro uses enhanced-potency Bacopa that’s standardized to 45% bacosides.
Mind Lab Pro is way ahead of the game when it comes to ingredient quality, and easily outclasses Alpha BRAIN in this round.
That means MLP delivers greater potency and more nutritional activity, too.
Round 3: Mind Lab Pro Wins.
Round 4: Price
|Alpha BRAIN||VS.||Mind Lab Pro|
|1 Bottle (30 capsules)||$34.95||1 Bottle (60 capsules)||$65|
|Price Per Capsule||$1.17||Price Per Capsule||$1.08|
|Price Per Serving||$2.34||Price Per Serving||$2.16|
Round 4: Mind Lab Pro Wins.
Round 5: JUDGEMENT
Alpha BRAIN has way more name recognition and popularity than the relative newcomer, Mind Lab Pro.
But when you compare the two formulas side by side, Alpha BRAIN looks weak.
Here’s how Alpha Brain does their business: Their marketing department makes up fancy terms for what the formula is, like Earth Grown Nutrients, Flow State, Peak Alpha, Flow Blend, Fuel Blend, etc.
This is equivalent to Alpha Brain entering the ring in flashy tassled trunks, dancing and showing off fancy footwork, taunting, and doing the rope-a-dope.
Mind Lab Pro doesn’t make up marketing names, and they don’t hide behind prop blends.
Instead, MLP lets the ingredients – and their exact dosages – speak for themselves.
MLP is like a gladiator, stalking Alpha BRAIN as it clowns about the ring.
With superior formulation strategy, MLP maneuvers Alpha BRAIN in the corner.
And with truly massive punching power, MLP lands blow after blow until….
DOWN GOES ALPHA BRAIN! And it looks like… Alpha BRAIN is down for the count!