Red Bull® vs. MTE®: How This Energy Drink Titan Compares to a New Holistic Alternative
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Table of contents:

  1. Comparing Red Bull® and MTE®
  2. How Red Bull® and MTE® work
  3. Benefits of Red Bull® and MTE®
  4. Red Bull® Ingredients vs. MTE® Ingredients 
  5. Red Bull® and MTE® Pricing
  6. Red Bull® and MTE® Packaging
  7. Other Highlights Red Bull® vs. MTE®


Caffeine Boost vs. Sustained Energy: What Makes MTE® So Different From Red Bull®

Red Bull® is the most popular energy drink in the world and the third most recognized soft drink brand behind Coca-Cola® and Pepsi®. In fact, its iconic logo has become synonymous with an instant surge of caffeine-induced alertness.


Red Bull® is the go-to beverage for many seeking that much-needed jolt to power through the day... or night at the clubs. But as the saying goes, “what goes up must come down,” and Red Bull®’s intense boost often comes with a price. The crash, jitters, restlessness, and rapid heartbeat are just a few unpleasant experiences that can follow the energy-boosting effects of this energy drink.


Unlike Red Bull®, MTE takes a completely different approach to supporting healthy energy levels. Instead of delivering a fleeting and intense surge, MTE combines various holistic ingredients to provide sustainable energy throughout the day without the rollercoaster of highs and lows.


MTE focuses on promoting mental clarity, boosting focus and improving well-being without the unpleasant crash that often accompanies caffeine-packed energy drinks like Red Bull®. That way, you don’t have to choose between being productive and being healthy.


How It Works

Red Bull®’s Quick Fix vs. MTE’s Sustainable Energy

When you drink a can of Red Bull®, you ingest a potent dose of caffeine in your body. This stimulant quickly reaches the bloodstream and brain, where it binds to receptors for chemicals that signal tiredness, blocking them. As a result, we feel more focused and alert because those I'm-tired chemicals can't attach to those receptors, which increases feelings of alertness.


Caffeine also acts as a nervous system agonist, increasing blood pressure and heart rate, which adds to the feeling of wakefulness.


Red Bull® also contains a lot of sugar. And another thing about caffeine is that it mobilizes the liver to absorb more sugar. The mixed effects of caffeine dying down and blood sugar levels dropping can leave us crashing and craving another caffeinated beverage, even as our hands are still clammy from the first one.


It doesn’t sound very sustainable, does it?


That’s why we wanted to do something different with MTE and make it all about balance.


MTE doesn't rely on caffeine for a quick but unsustainable energy boost that leaves you crashing. Instead, we utilize nootropics to balance the production and healthy levels of feel-good chemicals involved in mood, motivation and reward. In addition, we added adaptogens to help us deal with stress and prevent our brains from going into overthinking overdrive.


This combination of nootropics and adaptogens works together to help us feel awake and alert. But MTE is more than that. It’s about sustainable energy, balance and - most importantly - feeling good. 



More Than Energy: Discover Your Full Potential

Although energy drinks have many downsides, research shows that drinking Red Bull® can benefit certain aspects of your health. For example, it can temporarily:


  • Promote wakefulness
  • Improve alertness and focus
  • Boost mental performance
  • Reduce sleepiness 
  • Improve attention in stressful situations


However, these benefits are short-lived and often overlooked because of crashes, heart palpitations, shakiness, mood changes, sleep issues, and other negative sensations that result from consuming excessive doses of caffeine.


We wanted to approach the whole lack-of-energy problem from a different angle and find healthy alternatives for Red Bull® and other energy drinks. We understand that, like with most things in life, there are no quick fixes. Instead, we’ve found a crash-free, energy-boosting star in the nootropic theacrine, and combined it in a unique formulation with ten other holistic ingredients that work together to support:


  • Crash-free energy
  • Better focus
  • Feeling good
  • Dealing with stress
  • Nightly recovery
  • Inflammation response
  • Immune system


These benefits stack over time, so taking MTE daily is the best way to optimize different systems in your body and regain balance. But you can still reap some of the benefits even if you consume MTE occasionally.



MTE’s Holistic Formulation That Nurtures Your Mind and Body

Now, let’s talk about the science behind MTE and why we included these specific ingredients in our formulation.


MTE’s Adaptogens

Adaptogens are natural substances found in certain flora that help our bodies adapt and respond to stress more effectively. Like a skilled navigator in a storm, adaptogens help steady your ship when the waves of stress and fatigue try to knock you off course. They support your overall well-being by promoting a healthy stress response, balanced energy levels and mental clarity.


The potent adaptogens in MTE's formulation include:


  1. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine, and it’s probably the most popular adaptogen in today's energy and wellness supplement market. That’s because it has the potential to regulate levels of the body's main pro-stress hormone, which could translate to benefits like:


  • Stress relief
  • Reduced low mood/reactivity
  • Improved cognitive performance
  • Increased physical performance
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Improved nighttime recovery


  1. Maca

Maca has been used for almost 6000 years by the indigenous people of the Andes Mountains to promote endurance, enhance strength, and boost fertility. As a part adaptogen, part superfood, maca has the potential to improve:


  • Energy levels
  • Libido
  • Mood
  • Physical performance
  • Cognitive health
  • Stress response


  1. Holy Basil

Also known as the tulsi adaptogen, holy basil has been a part of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is a sacred plant in Hinduism and is believed to be an earthly manifestation of the goddess Tulasi.


Modern research supports Holy Basil’s potential to help with:


  • Stress
  • Sleep/wake cycle
  • Inflammation
  • Mood
  • Chronic health challenges


  1. Eleuthero

Eleuthero, or Siberian ginseng, is another ancient medicinal plant with strong adaptogenic properties. Research suggests that eleuthero may:


  • Support cognitive performance
  • Improve restfulness at night
  • Boost physical performance
  • Support the immune system
  • Improve cardiovascular health


MTE’s Nootropics

Nootropics are compounds that support brain function and improve mental performance. They aren’t essential for survival but can help unlock your full potential, helping you feel more energized, alert, engaged, and productive.


We also utilize powerful and evidence-backed nootropics in our MTE formulation that complement our adaptogens and add another layer of benefits. These include:


  1. GABA

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a neurotransmitter with a vital role in calming our neurons when they get overwhelmed. As a result, GABA balances brain activity, helping us feel more relaxed.


Using GABA supplements has high potential for many evidence-backed benefits, including:


  • Better nightly rest
  • Reduced intensity of experiences associated with mental health challenges
  • Improved cognitive performance
  • Better physical performance
  • Strong anti-oxidative properties
  • Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels


  1. Theacrine

Theacrine is a purine alkaloid with a chemical formula similar to caffeine. Theacrine can make you feel more awake and alert, but it’s a calmer, more-sustainable energy boost than caffeine. That also means that it comes without the not-so-nice issues associated with excessive caffeine consumption.


Current research indicates theacrine may:


  • Boost energy
  • Improve alertness and focus
  • Enhance mood
  • Improve motivation
  • Boost cognitive performance
  • Optimize physical performance


  1. L-Theanine

L-theanine is an amino acid found in black and green tea leaves and some functional mushrooms. This nootropic can increase alpha brain wave activity, which is associated with alert calm. stimulating a steady flow of energy and productivity.


That’s why current research indicates that l-theanine could:


  • Improve mood by balancing hormone and neurotransmitter levels
  • Reduce stress by lowering chemical indicators
  • Improve attention and focus
  • Boost quality of nightly recovery
  • Reduce perceived symptoms of distress and reactivity


  1. InnovaTea®

InnovaTea® is a standardized green tea extract that contains a small amount of caffeine. And before you start worrying about caffeine, we must highlight that consuming moderate amounts of it is completely fine. In fact, research suggests that combining theacrine with caffeine may have more benefits on cognitive performance than consuming just theacrine or caffeine alone.


That’s why we’ve included InnovaTea® in our MTE formulation. With just 50 mg of caffeine per serving, it provides a perfect fuse for theacrine without sending you on an energy rollercoaster or disrupting your bedtime routine later in the evening. 


  1. Saffron

Saffron is so much more than the most expensive spice in the world. In addition to its unique aromatic flavor and yellow color, saffron also shows many health-promoting effects. That’s why it has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain, strengthen immunity, and treat various conditions.


Today, numerous studies have examined saffron’s potential to support our health. The results show that it may:


  • Reduce oxidative stress and inflammation
  • Support all major bodily systems (heart, lungs, gut, liver, etc.)
  • Protect the brain against free radicals
  • Reduce the severity of illnesses associated with mood
  • Improve mood and stress response
  • Boost cognition


MTE’s Superfoods

In addition to these powerful nature-derived nootropics and adaptogens, MTE contains a few key superfoods, which include spirulina and amaranth. They add a perfect finishing touch, supplementing the MTE’s lineup with additional nutrients that nourish the body and mind. 


Together, these 13 ingredients complete a well-rounded formulation that can help you feel better even when running on empty.


Red Bull®: A Traditional Energy Drink That Stood the Test of Time

If you look at Red Bull®’s special formula on its website, the company lists only five ingredients:


  • Caffeine
  • Sugars
  • B vitamins
  • Taurine
  • Water


A key component of Red Bull®’s formula is synthetic caffeine, packing 150 mg per can, equivalent to about 1.5 cups of coffee. To round out its energizing effect, Red Bull® includes 27 grams of sugar per serving, along with taurine and B vitamins.


B vitamins play important roles in metabolism and contribute to the body’s energy production processes, which is likely how they found their way into Red Bull®’s formula. 


Although taurine has had a slightly controversial past, the current consensus is that it’s safe and may actually have some benefits.


The good thing about Red Bull® is that it contains less caffeine and sugar than many other energy drinks, but 150mg is still a high enough dose that people may have adverse experiences that accompany the intended wake-up-and-go feeling.


However, the list of ingredients on their website lacks transparency. Read the label on the can, and you’ll see that Red Bull® also contains glucuronolactone, inositol, citric acid, magnesium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, natural and artificial flavors, colors, and other ingredients. 


And while Red Bull® could be the best (read: least bad) option of all mainstream energy drinks, MTE and other alternatives that focus on sustained energy rather than a quick fix are better in the long term. 



Is MTE More Expensive than Red Bull®?

A 12-ounce can of Red Bull® costs around $3, but the exact price depends on the flavor/type you select, the location where you buy, and the retailer. 


MTE is designed to be your everyday wellness companion, which is why it is best to take it daily. Although the price of MTE is slightly higher than a can of Red Bull®, you can subscribe for a monthly delivery and save 15% off your orders. Subscribing also gets you free delivery.


Overall, MTE is slightly more expensive than a standard Red Bull®. Still, considering all the health benefits and sustainable energy you can get from consuming MTE daily, it is a better way to stay awake, focused and productive without the cost of too much caffeine.



Paying Attention to the Environment

Red Bull® uses 100% recyclable aluminum cans, cardboard, trays, and pads. They use minimal amounts of plastic to ensure proper hygiene standards for storage and transport. In addition, the company is committed to using renewable energy and encouraging recycling.


At MTE, we are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment. That’s why we use post-consumer recycled plastic in our packaging, reducing our ecological footprint.


In addition, our products are shipped in eco-friendly cardboard, ensuring a clean and sustainable packaging solution that minimizes harmful pollutants. We take pride in our eco-conscious practices, making every effort to provide wellness products that benefit health and support a greener future for people and the planet.


Other Highlights

A Few More Great Things About MTE

Here are a few more highlights about MTE that separate us from the competition:


  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Keto-friendly
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Only 50 mg of caffeine per serving
  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Corn-, egg-, and peanut-free
  • No added sugars
  • No GMOs
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • No preservatives


The truth about Red Bull® (and other energy drinks) is that it can pick you up and provide that much-needed jolt of energy. But there is also a “down” that soon follows. And instead of having a steady flow of energy and focus, you feel like you’re on an energy rollercoaster with no escape.


That’s why we wanted to change things and ditch the idea of sugar and stimulant-packed energy drinks. MTE is all about helping you feel better and allowing you to do more with your life. So, if you want to reduce how much caffeine you drink, ditch energy drinks, stop feeling tired all the time, and boost your well-being, check out MTE.

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