At work, at play, and at home… we all want to be our absolute best. Our always-on, always connected, always in motion, always needing to be a step ahead lifestyles make it challenging to be all those things, and be our best…without being exhausted.
For many, nootropic supplements are the solution to this problem. Others heavily rely on energy drinks like Red Bull or Monster or other heavily caffeinated options. Whatever it is, there are hundreds of products promising increased cognitive performance that often fail to deliver.
That’s where More Than Energy (MTE) comes in. Touted as “your feel-good energy shot”, MTE presents as a hybrid of an energy drink, and a wellness drink. It contains a blend of ingredients that includes adaptogens, nootropics and even superfoods.
The idea is to provide you with an energizing shot that can outperform caffeine, without the nasty side effects, and with extra benefits like immune support or anti-stress properties.
Is this too good to be true? Let’s find out about this MTE review.
- Energizing, but the taste is not great
- When tested it was more effective than caffeine at increasing energy levels and focus during long-time.
- It contains multiple proven ingredients that can benefit your immune system, reduce stress, and help you against anxiety
- MTE is pricey, at $5 per serving
MTE Review Overview
MTE has taken an approach that is led by tackling the issue of excessive caffeine, while boosting energy levels and focus, while reducing anxiety and stress.
- Positive user reviews
- Proven ingredients with multiple health benefits
- You don’t have to give up coffee. MTE is complimentary.
- More effective than coffee at providing long-term focus and steady energy during the day
- Strong medicine-like taste. Will be hard to drink for some. This is currently being improved by MTE.
- Ingredient amounts are not disclosed
- Expensive at $5 per shot
How does this 2oz (60ml) energy shot taste?
Bitter is the description given by the founder, which I found to be a bit mitigated. It has a strong medicine-like taste and can be tough to drink alone. I had to mix it with something similar tasting, and sip over time to get it down.
First try…the taste was a bit overbearing for me.
Mixed with a citrus seltzer to offset the taste. This didn’t work as well as I had hoped, but was better if sipped slow.
Here’s how it looks outside the bottle…. I promise its not whisky lol.
Below are the 11 ingredients that work their magic in MTE. The supplement facts will break down the amounts of each ingredient.
- Ashwaganda – Likely the most celebrated adaptogen in all of botanical medicine. Known to boost energy and balance stress levels, it also promotes relaxation.
- Spirulina – One of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, historically treasured for being rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, with half its weight coming from protein.
- Siberian Ginseng – An adaptogen whose use dates back over 2000 years and is traditionally used to boost energy reserves and immune performance.
- Holy Basil – A superfood famous for boosting immunity and balancing the biochemical impact of stress.
- Amaranth – A grain that contains antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation.
- Maca – Related to broccoli and kale, it supports stress response by maintaining energy levels and mood.
- L-Theanine – Amino acid found in plant and fungal species that has been shown to promote relaxation without drowsiness.
- Teacrine® – Very structurally similar to caffeine, and has been shown to increase energy and focus without habituation, or side effects.
- GABA – An amino acid that acts as the main balancing neurotransmitter in humans, which relaxes you from a cellular level.
- Affron® – A premium saffron extract. Conclusions from double-blind studies have noted increased mood, reduced anxiety and managed stress without side effects.
- InnovaTea® – A unique, naturally derived source of caffeine extracted from fermented Camellia sinensis (tea leaves).
There’s one negative point worth highlighting about MTE ingredients: the exact quantity of each ingredient is not listed. This is extremely important for brain supplements and energy drinks, as the dosages for each ingredient are very important for their effectiveness.
A lot of thought has been put into the ingredients. Now let’s look at the benefits you can expect by integrating MTE into your routine.
So let’s analyze some of the alleged benefits MTE could offer you.
1. Increased Energy & Focus
Instead of using caffeine powder, MTE relies on theacrine, ashwagandha, maca, tea extract (98% caffeine), and ginseng.
2. Relaxed Mood
Among the ingredients that can help you regulate your mood are L-theanine, saffron, tea, GABA, eleuthero, holy basil and ashwagandha.
L-theanine is a well-researched amino acid that has anti-stress properties. Similarly, GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that plays a key role in downregulating overexcited neuronal pathways, aka helps you stay calmer.
3. Immunity Support
Many plants contain phytonutrients that interact with our immune system, boosting immune responses, decreasing inflammation and multiple other ways.
In MTE shots, basil, eleuthero, L-theanine and spirulina play a role in supporting your immune system.
Eleuthero comes from ginseng and it’s been traditionally used to combat flu and cold symptoms. The extent of effectiveness and dosages are not clear, but research has shown some promise.
A study in 2021 found that saffron extract intake in the evening improved sleep quality after long-term supplementation (28 days).
Another study found that holy basil could potentially reduce stress and improve sleep quality, but this study was founded by a pharmaceutical interested in positive outcomes. Thus, the conclusions should be taken with a grain of salt.
That said, ashwagandha does help you reduce stress, and GABA paired with L-theanine can positively affect your sleep.
Thus, there’s some evidence to suggest that MTE drinks could help you sleep better.
Does It Work?
While it was a chore to get it down, I can say that I definitely felt more energized. It seemed like a gradual boost as opposed to a spike, like with caffeine.
For me, this is a huge plus, because it meant that I was more productive for longer, without the need of consuming more caffeine or any other nootropics.
There also were no jitters or crashes, which meant I was more relaxed throughout the day and with increased focus.
As for the benefits of sleep, immunity and stress, it is too soon to tell. I only had samples for 4-days, which was not enough to see any clear benefits.
MTE Drinks and Sport
One area in which MTE Drink has had surprising success has been among endurance athletes.
A shot of MTE Drink has been more effective than caffeine or other energy drinks at increasing performance for some top-level cyclists, triathletes and ultra-marathon runners.
Unfortunately, I was not able to test this, but it does have the right ingredients to help you push harder and for longer while performing competitive exercise.
What Does Science Say?
As shown above, most of the ingredients in the MTE energy drink have multiple proven benefits in key areas.
Unfortunately, the exact dosages are hidden under a proprietary blend, therefore is hard to assess how effective the product is from a scientific standpoint.
That said, you should definitely notice an improvement in endurance and energy.
Who Is MTE Energy Drink for?
There are multiple people that could benefit from taking MTE energy.
On one side, there are those who cannot stand drinking coffee, but want some energizing agent.
On the other side, as discussed above, MTE shots can be very effective to increase your sports performance and energy levels during long sessions.
Furthermore, MTE Energy can in some cases substitute brain pills like Qualia Mind, as it provides sustained mental and immune support. There are other energy pills like Alpha Brain, are not as effective as MTE.
Ultimately, MTE Energy drinks are ideal for anyone looking to boost their cognitive performance, energy levels during the day, and ability to focus on the task in hand.
“Pursuing health and happiness through food and drink has been a part of my life since my first memories of my mom making us homemade pear popsicles”, says co-founder Jeff Boyd.
I wanted to create a supplement that could be taken regularly to help people be well and feel good, because when I feel good, I’m free to have more fun and live a great story. It’s something I aspire to daily, and it’s something I want for my friends, my family and society at large.
Since no one feels best when they are stressed, anxious, or tired (or all three) I started there. But instead of a quick fix, I wanted to create something that could be taken daily to help get us off the hamster wheel.
Price & Shipping
MTE can only be purchased via their website.
The product is 2oz (60ml) per bottle, and is sold as a 4pk, 12pk or 24pk. A subscription discount of 15% is offered, and you can have MTE delivered to your door every from 2 weeks, to every 6 weeks.
Shipping is free on orders above $50, but seem to also be free on less expensive orders. The shipping partner isn’t listed (mine arrived via USPS) but the quoted delivery time 3 to 4 days.
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MTE Reviews from Real Customers
So what do the customers think? Are they MTE believers?
It certainly seems like it, but these are site reviews, so keep that in mind. One common theme….they all mention increased energy, and preferring MTE over caffeine.
“As someone who’s been searching for a beverage that can improve my daily focus and energy, More Than Energy (MTE) offers just that without giving me a terrible headache or the usual crash at the end of the day. MTE has been a great substitute for the coffee and energy drink combination that I usually use to start my day. I’m so grateful I was introduced to MTE”Siwat S, MTE customers
Here are a few that are less than flattering, with much of the criticism being taste related.
MTE Review FAQ
Not in the way you’ve thought about energy drinks for the last 30 years. Rather than one-dimensional energy, often with a crash, MTE promotes feel-good energy while also supporting mood, stress resilience, calm focus and many other benefits to well-being that are often ignored.*
Accordingly, MTE was designed to be a daily supplement rather than a quick fix.
Excessive caffeine is counterproductive, which is why our formula only contains 50mg. Instead, we use theacrine, which comes from a green tea leaf, is structurally similar to caffeine, and provides similar energy benefits without any of the common side effects.*
MTE was designed as a daily supplement rather than a quick fix, so regular use is recommended.
Do not exceed 2 bottles in any 24-hour period.
MTE is a daily wellness supplement to help us feel best. Much like we use multi-vitamins to supplement our diet, MTE supports us by promoting foundational energy, stress response, calm mood, motivation, focus, even quality of sleep at night.*
It’s not a magic bullet – there is no such thing – but in conjunction with healthy lifestyle choices like making sleep a priority, staying hydrated, eating right, and staying active, we find MTE is a great tail wind for our efforts to be our best.
Our 4 Packs are covered under our stress-free-15-day-money-back guarantee (we’re MTE after all, we wouldn’t want to ADD stress). If you are dissatisfied with your first 4 pack purchase…first, are you shaking them well immediately prior to consumption? Have you tried refrigerating them? And finally, have you tried adding your favorite sweetener (if that’s your thing)?
Still not feeling it? Please reach out to us at [email protected]. We’d love to hear more about your experience and our customer care team will be sure to get your refund sorted out.
Due to the nature of our product, we won’t ask you to return it, so we encourage you to share it with a friend or colleague. Who knows, you may just make their day.
Verdict – MTE Review
In conclusion, MTE sets out to improve many facets of your well-being. And it may do what claims.
In examining the suite of ingredients, some specific and patented, MTE has formulated a product to help you do more with your day, as well as rest better during the night.
When testing, I experienced some of the benefits that MTE claimed mainly, higher and more sustained energy levels (when compared to caffeine), increased focus, and generally I felt more relaxed.
However, as some of the negative MTE reviews eluded to…something has to be done about the taste. Having tested nootropic and adaptogen mints, gummy bears and nootropic coffee in recent weeks, MTE was the less tasty option of them all.
Listening to customer feedback More Than Energy is already working on an improved formula when it comes to taste.
If you are a picky eater, you will struggle to consume MTE regularly, which will reduce the benefits of this product.
That said, if you can look beyond the taste, you will be surprised by an energy drink that’s uniquely healthy and effective at keeping you active without any crashes or side effects and with multiple long-term benefits.
It could even help you energize in long-term endurance events like no other energy drink does.
MTE Drink$5 per serving
- Proven ingredients with multiple benefits
- More effective than caffeine for energy and focus
- Steady and relaxed energy
- Positive user reviews
- No crashes or jitters
- Taste is bitter
- Proprietary blend hiding exact ingredient quantities