The task of searching for the perfect nootropic stack is often a confusing undertaking. And it becomes even more complicated when you have narrowed down your search to two or three products, especially when they’re from the top manufacturers. Mind Lab Pro and Genius Consciousness go head-to-head in many ways – from bioavailability, safety, to packaging and overall effectiveness, too. In fact, these two American-made noot stacks have a counter-attack on almost every segment you can imagine.

But whether you’re shopping for a product that will help you overcome your brain fog or simply one that can replace your desire for coffee, we have discussed the merits and demerits of these two popular brain supplements.

What Is Mind Lab Pro?

MLP has been around since 2015. It is a product of a company called Opti-Nutra which has a manufacturing plant in New Jersey despite having its headquarters in London, UK.

Indeed, Mind Lab Pro is one of the most popular nootropic stacks right now. And it’s easy to see why.

For starters, it is purely made up of premium-quality ingredients. That is, instead of using generic plant-based ingredients which may not be highly bioavailable, it uses extracted ingredients which are easier for the body to absorb.

This partly explains why almost everyone on the net is talking about this vegan-friendly brain supplement.

Some of the top benefits associated with it include:

  • Increasing brain energy
  • Enhancing your processing speeds
  • Reduced brain fog and fatigue
  • Enhanced blood circulation to the brain
  • Better concentration and ability to pay attention

The product, which is backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee, seems to tick all the right boxes as far as quality goes. It’s also free from caffeine – as you might be aware, caffeine has quite a few side effects including addiction.

Therefore, it would be safe to say that MLP is a supplement that seeks to completely set you free from caffeine dependence. And that’s a good thing if you’re fed up of the jitters caused by this widely popular stimulant.

What Is Genius Consciousness?

The company behind it, Genius Brand, is one of the leading supplement brands out there currently. Their profile on Amazon looks quite attractive with thousands of 5-star ratings from satisfied customers.

Such sheer popularity means that Genius Consciousness is hard to write-off even though it contains caffeine. And as they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating – so who are we to underestimate a product that has attracted so much love on the world’s most popular eCommerce platform?

Just like MLP, it contains quite a few premium-quality ingredients. We’re talking about AlphaSize instead of just the plain Alpha-GPC and SerinAid instead of the generic Phosphatidylserine and so forth.

All its ingredients are genuinely great supplements. They’re backed by dozens of clinical trials. And that’s precisely how this famed product brings about the following benefits:

  • Heightened mental clarity
  • Mood support
  • Wakefulness and better productivity
  • Better focus and ability to pay attention

There’s no denying that Genius Consciousness has all it takes to do what it promises. And we can’t wait to put it head-to-head with its arch-rival, Mind Lab Pro to see which one is truly the best. For starters, let’s take a look at some of the similarities shared by these two:

The Similarities

1. Food for the Brain

The two are rich in cholinergic ingredients. As you know, cholines are quite important sources of brain energy. While Mind Lab Pro contains Citicoline (as Cognizin), Genius Consciousness contains Alpha-GPC. Both are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier. That said, Citicoline is more superior to Alpha-GPC as besides stimulating acetylcholine it also amplifies the impact of other nootropics (something Alpha-GPC doesn’t).

2. Better than Coffee

Even though Genius Consciousness contains a bit of caffeine in its formulation, it is designed in such a manner that it’s better than a plain cup of coffee. That’s particularly because it contains Huperzia serrata which does an incredible job of streamlining the nervous function and improving resilience. This partly explains why Genius Consciousness isn’t commonly associated with the many side effects linked to the intake of plain coffee.

Mind Lab Pro, on the other hand, doesn’t have even the slightest traces of caffeine. It heavily relies on Citicoline and N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine to promote wakefulness and improve focus. The downside to that is that MLP tends to be a bit slow off-the-blocks, unlike its caffeine-laden competitor.

3. Great Packaging & Vegan-Friendly

Both supplements are quite well-packaged in BPA-free plastic jar. Plus the capsules (for MLP) and powder (for GC) arrive well protected from moisture and UV rays. It’s also great to note that MLP comes in vegan-friendly capsules while Genius Consciousness is available in watermelon-flavored powder form. Simply get a scoop of it, mix with water or a smoothie and enjoy.

The Differences

At this point, these two might seem equal but they are not. Let’s unpack their differences so you can see for yourself.

1. Which One Works Faster?

Ever heard the story of the rabbit and the tortoise? How they once organized a race and how the tortoise ended up beating the rabbit?

Well, Mind Lab Pro isn’t exactly as slow as a tortoise but it tends to be slower off-the-blocks than Genius Consciousness.

That’s because GC contains caffeine whose effects kick in in as few as 10 minutes. MLP, on the other hand, contains Citicoline whose effects may take days to build up.

2. Pricing

Genius Consciousness goes for $38 per jar of 100-milligram powder. Such a jar contains 15 servings meaning you’d need 2 (at $76) of them to last you a whole month.

Mind Lab Pro, on its part, goes for $65 per bottle of 60 capsules. That’s just enough to last you for a month if you stick to the recommended dosage of 2 capsules per serving.

As such MLP is 10 bucks cheaper than GC.

3. Quality

While both products are of good quality, GC contains L-Tyrosine while MLP boasts the more advanced N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine. Also, while GC comes with Alpha-GPC, MLP packs the superior Citicoline. Note that, GC contains caffeine with no L-theanine to completely cancel its negative effects out. MLP doesn’t contain caffeine but has L-theanine meant to improve your ability to focus and reduce anxiety.

From that perspective, Mind Lab Pro is way better than Genius Consciousness if the quality of ingredients is something to go by.

If anything, GC comes with a number of ingredients that we genuinely think are pointless when it comes to biohacking. I mean – what’s the point of adding ALCAR and Methylberine in a biohacking stack?

4. Bioavailability

Once again, it’s MLP that takes the day on this front. You see, bioavailability is directly proportionate to the absorbability of the ingredients used. Therefore, if high-quality ingredients are used instead of generic ones, you get more bioavailability and that equates to more health benefits and value for money.

To put this into perspective, you’re likely to get more value from N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine than L-Tyrosine. And since MLP comprises the former and GC the latter, you can clearly tell that the pup from Opti-Nutra has an upper-hand in this duel.

5. Half-Life

Which one lasts longer in the body? Well, at this point we’ll need to look at the half-lives of the cholinergic ingredients and coffee. Citicoline’s half-life is 72 hours at 250mg while Alpha-GPC’s half-life is 6 hours and so is caffeine.

As such the effects of MLP are likely to outlast those of GC. At no time in the world has caffeine ever beaten citicoline at delivering brain power for long hours. And so, in the battle of half-life, we’d once again give the top position to Mind Lab Pro.

Final Thoughts

Both supplements are highly safe to take as they are made in GMP certified facilities. However, we genuinely think that Genius Consciousness is no match for Mind Lab Pro which is actually also cheaper.


So, with MLP, you not only save a few extra bucks but also get higher-quality ingredients. With GC, you pay a premium for some pointless ingredients like Ginseng, ALCAR, Methylberine and the overrated NeuroFactor.


If you’re a frugal shopper looking for more bang for your bucks, you now know where to turn!


Verdict: Mind Lab Pro > Genius Consciousness