If you’re in the market for the most effective “smart pill,” chances are that you’ll be interested in the Mind Lab Pro vs Adderall duel. These are two of the most sought-after nootropic products on the markets currently and for good reasons.
Mind Lab Pro is big on brain energy while Adderall is the go-to choice for boosting attention and managing ADHD symptoms.
Which one of the two is the better choice, though? Or rather, since these two are both highly powerful which one is a safer bet? You might be wondering. Let’s investigate.
What’s Mind Lab Pro?
Mind Lab Pro is a product of a company known as Opti-Nutra. The noot stack has been around since 2015 and has so far attracted lots of positive feedback.
It’s an all-natural compound and we like the fact that it uses highly bioavailable premium ingredients. This is unlike its competitors a majority of who simply use generic forms of ingredients.
You see, the problem with formulas made using generic ingredients is that you need to take many pills to feel the effects. And the more pills you take, the higher the risk of side effects gets.
With this nootropic formula, you get nothing but what your body needs to perform at its level best. As such, all you need are 2 pills of it every day for optimal effects. And that also presents you with a lower risk of side effects.
Adderall is a pharmaceutical-grade product that’s medically prescribed for narcolepsy and ADHD. It brings together several amphetamine salts which are also thought to benefit mental health.
In particular, it promotes the production of dopamine and noradrenaline both which are directly involved in mental performance and “feel-good effects.”
As such, Adderall pills are often misused for recreational reasons. Indeed, when taken, this treatment stimulates the nervous system enabling you to concentrate and focus better. It is also thought to improve behavioral control.
These two big boys share quite a few similarities – apart from being “big boys” of course. And those include:
1. They Improve Brain Performance
Since the two are nootropics, they are thought to be of immense benefit to the brain. For instance, the two provide your brain with the boost it needs to remain focused and overcome brain fog.
Besides that, these two pups provide you with the cognitive you need, when you need it. In other words, they provide you with brainpower, on-demand.
2. Improve Brain Chemistry
Your brain is made up of neurotransmitters which are essentially the signaling chemicals that affect your mood, energy, motivation and even learning abilities. Unfortunately, your neurotransmitter balance may become imbalanced leading to anxiety, lack of motivation and even depression.
Fortunately, both Mind Lab Pro and Adderall have what it takes to restore your brain chemistry. On its part, Adderall improves the availability of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin.
Mind Lab Pro, on the other hand, enhances the effectiveness of acetylcholine, serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and GABA.
3. Long Half-Life
The half-life of a nootropic, simply put, determines how long its effects will take to reduce by 50%. So, the longer the half-life, the better a nootropic supplement is likely to be.
With that said, Mind Lab Pro contains 250mg Citicoline which according to our research has a half-life of 71 hours. Yup, you read that right.
But the most interesting thing about Citicoline is that it doesn’t affect the quality of your sleep since it’s not a CNS stimulant like coffee or Adderall.
Adderall, on the other hand, has a half-life of 14 hours. That said, it takes roughly 3 days to completely clear out of your system. And since it’s a CNS stimulant, it tends to cause sleeplessness for some people.
Still, 14 hours of half-life isn’t a mean feat. Not many brain pills that we know of can even deliver a fraction of that.
4. Better than Coffee
Another similarity shared by these two awesome babies is that they are way better than your cup of coffee. Picture this – Mind Lab Pro has a 71-hour half-life through its 250mg Citicoline while Adderall boasts a decent 14-hour half-life.
Now compare that with coffee which has a half-life of 5 to 6 hours! And that’s not to mention the anxiety and jitters it causes.
We’d now like to match on to the differences between Mind Lab Pro and Adderall. This is the section in which we separate the men from the boys.
1. Natural vs Pharmaceutical
Mind Lab Pro is fully natural. Its ingredient list is made up of the like of Citicoline (Cognizin), N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, L-Theanine, Phosphatidylserine, Bacopa Monnieri among other earth-grown ingredients.
Adderall, on the other hand, is made up of 4 amphetamine salts. These are amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine, amphetamine sulfate, and dextroamphetamine sulfate.
All 4 are made in the lab. And, therefore, it’s safe to say that Adderall is entirely a pharmaceutical-grade product.
2. Dosage Differences
Adderall is more powerful than Mind Lab Pro but only when both are taken on lower dosages. You only need 30mg of Adderall per day to rival the effects of 2 pills of Mind Lab Pro which contain 250mg Citicoline, 175mg NALT, 100mg L-Theanine and so forth. LOL.
Small doses mean less strain is placed on your liver and kidneys when it comes to clearing the ingredients from your body.
3. Side Effects
Much as Adderall is more effective than Mind Lab Pro at low dosages, its side effects are dangerous and lethal in some cases. What’s more? As all CNS stimulants, it can lead to an addiction.
You really don’t want to get hooked on Adderall. Its effects can be too much to put up with.
And this is where Mind Lab Pro has an edge over Adderall. In it is what its manufacturers describe as “clean energy.”
Its ingredients are fully natural and we’re yet to come across any one of them being flagged for having life-threatening side effects.
Both products are well-absorbed in the digestive tract. But generally, Adderall has a 75% absorption rate which may vary depending on the pH of your GI tract. An acidic tract leads to reduced absorption of this pharmaceutical-grade noot.
Mind Lab Pro, on the other hand, is entirely made up of premium ingredients which are optimized for absorption. Our research reveals that when taken orally, Citicoline, one of the main ingredients of Mind Lab Pro, has a 92% bioavailability.
Once again, Opti-nutra's nootropic formula seems to have an upper-hand here.
5. Faster Effects
Which one of the two is faster off the blocks? We’ll go with Adderall here. Its effects are generally felt within 15 minutes of use.
The short-term results for Mind Lab Pro are mixed so far. What we can confirm, however, is that the effects of Mind Lab Pro tend to build up over time. And that’s probably why the product comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee as a safety net for those who may not like its slow-but-sure kind of approach.
Adderall is a Schedule II controlled substance. Since it is a controlled substance, you can’t legally own it unless you get a doctor’s prescription. If you’re lucky, you might get it from some of the stores that operate in the dark web.
On its part, Mind Lab Pro is 100% legal. You can freely buy it from legitimate stores on the net. And since all of its ingredients are fully natural, you don’t have to look over your shoulder when taking it.
A box containing 60 Mind Lab Pro capsules will cost you some $65. That’s roughly $1.3 per pill. A similar quantity of 30mg Adderall would set you back $440. That’s because Adderall is a controlled substance and the few pharmacies that have it charge a premium for it.
Okay, the results are in and we can now pick a winner. Mind Lab Pro has 5 points against 2 for Adderall.
Adderall may be faster and more effective at smaller dosages but Mind Lab Pro is king when it comes to safety, legality, bioavailability, and pricing.
To this end, we think that Mind Lab Pro is the better one of the two. Its merits heavily outweigh its demerits.
Verdict: Mind Lab Pro > Adderall