James Dixon attempts to compare these two high quality supplements in our NooCube Vs MindLab Pro comparison. Find out which one he prefers below…
Written by James Dixon
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Many of us live with fatigue, foggy headedness, and often anxiety. Modern life is hectic, with far more stimulation involved, and far more asked of us, than we have evolved to deal with.
There are a couple ways to deal with this. First, try to simplify your life and remove excess stimulation. Second, consider plugging the remaining gap and helping yourself to live your best life, with optimal cognition and brain health.
You can do this with a good quality nootropic, a so called ‘smart drug’.
These aren’t to be confused with ‘smart drug’ medications, like Adderall or other common ADHD medications. Rather, we are talking about natural supplements, made from all-natural compounds, that are designed to improve your cognitive ability and working memory, whilst also keeping your brain healthy and warding against cognitive decline.
Nootropics are simply over the counter supplements designed to keep your mind sharp – and, when talking of nootropics, two names spring to mind: NooCube and MindLab Pro, two of the best supplements on today’s market.
But which, if either, should you choose? Which one is the best, which one is right for you, which is worth your investment?
Let’s take a look as we pit NooCube Vs. Mindlab Pro.
NooCube or MindLab Pro?
NooCube is one of my favorite supplements. Manufactured by Wolfson Brands, decades long veterans of the supplement market, it is a true top-shelf nootropic. Wolfson Brands are amongst the best of the best. Their supplements tend to show off this pedigree incredibly well.
NooCube is incredibly high quality, made from some of the best, most universally used nootropic compounds. I’ll get into their formula below, but for now, suffice it to say that you should experience a significant boost to your mental energy, concentration, focus and drive, memory, with greater clarity than ever, when you take it.
Though Wolfson Brands are based in Cyprus (as are many companies, drawn by generous tax-evasion opportunities), their products, shipped worldwide, are manufactured in fully FDA approved facilities in the USA and Europe.
NooCube Vs MindLab Pro?
If you are looking for a quick verdict and don’t want to read the whole article we can help you. It was so close between these two…
However, when forced to make decision, James believes that NooCube has the edge on its rival and takes the no.1 spot.
Meanwhile, MindLab Pro is made by Opti-Nutra Ltd. Opti-Nutra are not to be sniffed at – they make some of the best-quality, most potent supplements on the market, across a broad range of areas.
MindLab Pro is another top-tier nootropic. It is completely natural, backed by good quality science, and is almost guaranteed to improve your circulation, mental signaling, cell protection and regeneration, energy levels, and, as a result, your overall cognitive function and health.
As with NooCube, everything in MindLab Pro is completely natural and side effect free. Based, created and blended in the UK, it is nevertheless manufactured in the USA. Everything they put out is FDA-approved and fully GMP-certified.
Both supplements do something that I fully approve of, too, which is an instant win for both camps. They label everything, with complete doses of each and every ingredient included. This may sound like a given, but the opposite is true. Plenty of supplements hide behind ‘proprietary formulas’, so you don’t know how much of anything you are putting in your body.
With both MindLab Pro and NooCube, you get to peek behind the curtain and see what you’re actually getting with each serving.
Where The Ingredients Overlap
NooCube and MindLab Pro include four common ingredients, three of which are pretty much fundamental to how they each work. Though each will include various ingredients in different quantities, both NooCube and MindLab Pro dose everything to usable, useful amounts, so you will see benefits no matter what.
To start with, both make use of generous helpings of bacopa monnieri. Bacopa monnieri is a favorite in nootropics and is rarely missed from their formulas. This is because it represents a rich source of bacosides, the ingredient’s active chemicals. Bacosides improve blood flow to the brain, as well as chemical reactions with the brain, all whilst supporting knowledge retention.
Including bacopa monnieri in your supplement regime will lead to more cognitive energy, improved working and longer term memory function, and a complete lack of brain fog. In supplying your brain with plenty of blood, thus oxygen and key nutrients, it will help to ringfence your long term cognitive health, too.
Then we have the two l’s – l-theanine and l-tyrosine. Again, you will usually see these two key ingredients in any decent nootropic.
Both are amino acids. L-theanine is commonly found in certain teas and fungi. Its use is widespread in smart drugs as it can boost alpha brain waves – the ones your brain produces in a state of relaxation.
It is good when paired with stimulants, as it can offset those jitters quite nicely. I like to pair a good nootropic that contains plenty of l-theanine with a strong morning coffee.
Meanwhile, l-tyrosine will improve your neuro-signaling processes. It improves the healthy functioning of neurotransmitters, the nerve cells responsible for receiving and sending messages. It helps you to multitask and perform under stress with greater focus.
Finally, vitamin B12 can improve the flow of blood to the brain throughout periods of hard cerebral effort. Basically, when you are having to think hard, or for a long period of time (or both), vitamin B12 can help. It can make sure that your brain is getting the blood, thus oxygen and key nutrients, that it needs to fire on all cylinders.
Though each include very useable quantities of all four, NooCube has a slight advantage, here. It has a form of l-tyrosine that has a higher conversion rate than the form used in MindLab Pro, so it is more effective. It also has more total l-tyrosine. And it has more bacopa monnieri than MindLab Pro.
They have the same amount of l-theanine, whilst MindLab Pro has triple the amount of vitamin B12.
All told, you will probably have a clearer head with greater focus and cognitive ability using NooCube, based on these four ingredients.
However, these four ingredients are just the start.
Where NooCube and MindLab Pro Diverge
As well as these four ingredients, each product has their own list of star players.
NooCube uses a couple of my favorite nootropic compounds – alpha GPC and huperzine A. Both have been proven to improve learning, memory, cognitive function, mental clarity, and focus.
There are also some really decent botanicals included in the formula.
Firstly, we have cat’s claw, or uncaria tomentosa, a type of vine that is incredibly rich in antioxidants. It sharpens focus and improves cognitive performance. Then there is oat straw extract, or avena sativa. It is an often-used, potent cognitive enhancer that can also boost your mood. Resveratol, a compound taken from grapes, is an antioxidant rich polyphenol known to improve mental energy, cognitive function, and memory, whilst promoting long-term brain health. Finally, pterostilbene, taken from blueberries, is another potent antioxidant. It can improve neuroplasticity, enhancing cognition, memory, and learning.
NooCube wraps things up with a few more B vitamins – this time, with B1 and B7. Together, these should improve cognitive function, improve your mood, and give you more mental energy and focus.
There are two ingredients in MindLab Pro that are particularly interesting to me.
Firstly, you get citicoline, a natural compound that has seen use in treating certain cerebrovascular conditions. As part of a nootropic, it can boost memory, performance, and mental energy, as well as improving mental agility and reaction time. Secondly, MindLab Pro includes lion’s mane mushroom, or hericium erinaceus. It can help you to balance your mood whilst improving cognitive performance.
Then there are a few botanicals that represent fantastic additions to MindLab Pro’s recipe.
These are phosphatidylserine, from sunflower lecithin, which can slow cognitive decline whilst improving memory and mental clarity; rhodiola rosea, or golden root, which will strengthen your mind against stress whilst supporting healthy energy levels and brain processing; and pine bark extract, or pinus pinaster, that is rich in antioxidants and supports improved focus, mental energy and learning, whilst helping your long term memory and mental clarity.
You also get a good couple of vitamin Bs, with B6 and B9. These should improve blood flow to the brain, slow down cognitive aging, boosts energy, mood, and memory.
Side Effects of NooCube and MindLab Pro
One of the best things about both NooCube and MindLab Pro are that they are both made using completely safe, natural ingredients. For the most part, they are herbal, botanical compounds that have few, if any, side effects. Realistically, you shouldn’t experience any adverse side effects from taking either one of them.
I would also usually be concerned about what else you might get in any blend, or in the potency, or lack thereof, of any dosing. This is a big deal if you come across anything that uses any kind of proprietary blend.
Happily, as above, neither NooCube nor MindLab Pro use proprietary blends. You will know exactly what you’re getting, in what amounts, simply by reading the label.
Both are safe.
Pros and Cons
- Useful, potent ingredients
- Everything is well-backed by science and data
- Everything is clearly labelled
- No proprietary blends
- Safe, with no side effects
- You get a money back guarantee
- A couple of the ingredients could be more heavily dosed
- It is a little pricey
MindLab Pro Pros
- Useful, potent ingredients
- Underpinned by studies and data
- No proprietary blends
- Everything is labelled clearly
- No side effects involved
- Good range of botanicals
MindLab Pro Cons
- It could do with higher doses of bacopa monnieri and l-tyrosine
- On the expensive side
This is a tight one. If you buy either, you will get similar results. You will see your mental energy and cognitive wellbeing and health improve. Everything will become clearer, with no brain fog, far less fatigue, and greater protection against long term cognitive decline. Working and long-term memory should improve.
Both NooCube and MindLab Pro are made from all-natural compounds with no side effects associated with them, both are clearly labelled and dosed, with no proprietary blends, priced a little highly but completely fairly.
They are, in short, two of the best nootropics on the market. Either would be a good investment for most people.
However, NooCube has a slight edge, for me. Though there are some great additions in MindLab Pro’s formula that NooCube lacks, the fundamental efficacy of each seems to me to be built around l-tyrosine, l-theanine, and bacopa monnieri. Dispense with all else, and you would still have an outstanding nootropic – they do most of the heavy lifting.
NooCube is more generously dosed, especially with bacopa monnieri. For this reason, it takes the crown by a whisker.
This article was written by: James Dixon – SOMA Analytics PT, Nutritionalist & Published Author
James Dixon is one of the key players in the SOMA Analytics’ team. He is a personal trainer and is educated to Masters level. He is a published author and is a keen advocate of high quality nootropic supplements. James enjoys helping others to reach their peak both physically and mentally and believes that expressing his knowledge through his writing is an effective way to positively impact the wellbeing of others on a larger scale.