There’s More to Life than Stress & Coffee: Jeff’s Take on MTE
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MTE Co-Founder Jeff Boyd was recently interviewed by Emily Grace on the Stages podcast of Bernstein Private Wealth, where he discussed what went into to planning, creating and branding this paradigm-shifting greens powder mix.


The drink kind – not the needle kind.


At heart, MTE’s inception was about having more fun in life. That may sound trivial, but not when you look deeper into what Jeff really meant when he was like – What if there was a way to not just give a temporary energy boost, but to create something that really supports your mental and physical health in the first place?


What’s different about this? Instead of looking at the symptoms: bad mood, tiredness, stressed out – and trying to manage those, Jeff wanted to take another route. These are what rob us of the energy we need to have fun and live a great story; how can we alter our stress response to prevent feeling crappy in the first place?


Today’s world is overstimulated, overworked, overstressed, and overtired. Plus, we’re the only known species of animal to purposefully deprive ourselves of sleep for no apparent benefit. No wonder coffee is the world’s favorite beverage, energy drinks are almost engrained into our society, and everyone you know is always tired and cranky.


MTE is about having the energy for life in the first place, not relying on something to give you a boost after you’re already tired. And, as well, Jeff wanted to stay away from the sugar and caffeine route, which is cool, because it’s tired anyway. Besides, what good is clean, healthy energy if you still feel stressed and have low mood?


And so, MTE was born. The company immediately went to work consulting dozens of formulators, nutritionists and medical professionals, who pointed them to adaptogens, nootropics and superfoods. After much research and collaboration, they finally honed in on 11 of these natural, potent, bioactive ingredients that make up More Than Energy’s formulation, which supports mood, stress resilience, anxiety, energy, sleep, focus, inflammation, and immunity.

What is MTE?

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A daily wellness companion providing comprehensive system support for energy, mood, focus, stress response, and sleep at night.

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Key Ingredients in MTE: Adaptogens, Nootropics & Superfoods

There are 11 active ingredients in MTE. Some of the key ingredients include:



This multi-talented adaptogen has been used for at least 5000 years as an immunity tonic to support stress, mood, athletic performance, fertility, and many other things. There is clinical evidence to support ashwagandha’s potential to support cognitive performance, stress response and mood.



There aren’t many other foods (even the super ones) that contain as many nutrients as this superfood. 70% of its dry weight is protein, and it contains several other vitamins and minerals that are all-important to achieving homeostasis in the body, including potassium, selenium, magnesium, iron, and vitamins A, B, E, and K.



This superfood is sort of the ashwagandha of the Americas, with the first evidence of domestication at 7000+ years ago in Argentina. Used all over the world today, this grain is 30% more protein-dense than other comparable grains. 


An in-depth review of the clinical data on amaranth indicated it may have positive effects on health, including antioxidant support, nervous system support, blood pressure management, and several other uses. Amaranth, like ashwagandha, also has clinical evidence to indicate anti-cancer properties.



This nootropic is a complete amino acid that also acts as the body’s main inhibitory neurotransmitter. It tells overexcited neurons to calm down. Clinical psychiatry utilizes GABA to treat a host of mental health conditions, especially associated with mood. It’s also been observed to promote cognition, recovery, focus, and athletic performance in clinical settings.


Holy Basil

This adaptogen is widely used in folk medicine, with a history of 6000 years of use behind it. The phytochemicals in holy basil are myriad and fascinating. Just some of the ways these phytochemicals act are as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic (read: pain relief), anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, anxiolytic (read: anti-stress), mood and DNA support. 



We’ve been painting with saffron for 30000 years and naming cities after it for 4500. Saffron has well-documented clinical evidence to support efficacy at supporting mood, immunity, stress response, radical scavenging, supporting brain health, memory and cognition, and treating symptoms of depression. Kind of awesome for what you probably thought was just an inordinately-expensive cooking herb.



A naturally-derived version of theacrine, this nootropic offers all the benefits of caffeine without the complications. Teacrine® offers a calm, continuous flow of energy, with people reporting the effect to last up to 8 hours. 


Clinical data indicates theacrine may boost cognitive performance, physical performance, elevate mood, and promote anti-inflammatory processes in the body – and that’s in addition to that no-jitters-or-angst, calm, sustainable energy it can offer.


Sounds like some pretty useful stuff, right? But then there’s convenience to think about – are we glued to our supplements cabinet and swallowing 9 pills every morning? It’s cumbersome. So it was a fortunate, and somewhat incidental, consequence that the company was also developing a way to take all these holistic ingredients and pack them into just one green supplement, and in powder form, so you can incorporate it into your daily routine however you want to.


Work smart, not hard.


Anyone Can Benefit from a Daily Dose of MTE

This wellness drink was formulated for use by anyone 18 years or over. This might sound kind of vague, but the facts of the matter is that the company has seen adults of many demographics report benefits from adding MTE to their morning routine. College kids that use it for studying, middle-aged adults just wanting an overall wellness boost, cancer patients looking to better their quality of life during chemo – even Jeff’s mom.


Who he swears isn’t biased.


Basically, anyone who’s moody, distracted, stressed, tired, or overstimulated can benefit from drinking this clean, all-green supplement powder. For Jeff, he says he doesn’t really need the energy, but he likes MTE for the way it smooths out his stress responses. They more controlled – peaks and valleys are made shallow, allowing him to be in a better mood and have more fun.


MTE Helps Enhance a Healthy Lifestyle

The next question that arises, then – do you have to be feeling like a total bummer to benefit from MTE? Nope! In people who already feel well and live a healthy lifestyle – a balance of diet, exercise and sleep – MTE is the perfect complement to give that routine, and your health, a boost.


And you don’t have to change a thing about your life in order for MTE to be safe and effective. Some customers have used it as a natural replacement for caffeine, and others use it as a mid-afternoon pickup. The amount of caffeine in MTE is less than half a cup of coffee, so it doesn’t disrupt your circadian rhythm and sleep the way a 3pm latte does.


MTE can offer that energy and mood boost within a half hour or so of drinking it. Meant to be a daily part of your routine, the full effects of adaptogens and nootropics likely to reach their peak usefulness at about 30 days in. People report experiencing better stress responses with regular use, indicating the benefits of MTE are additive over time.


Adaptogens & Nootropics Offer a Different Route to Energy

But where did these terms – adaptogen and nootropic – come from?


Well, it was the Russians, so that’s a bummer. But it reads like the plot of a WWII movie. In the ‘40s, Dr. Nikolai Lazarev was looking for a way to create a performance tonic that would give Soviet soldiers an edge. He coined the term ‘adaptogen’ to describe natural substances that help the body adapt to stress and regulate its processes. Just some low-key human experiments; no big deal. 


At least these ones were healthy!


Nootropics serve a similar purpose to adaptogens, but focus more on supporting cognitive performance, memory and focus. For instance, caffeine is a nootropic.


There are nearly 20 different adaptogens known to be significantly bioactive.


So the next question, in MTE’s journey to its final form, was, which ones does the formula need? Just one? All of them? It was about exploring those initial goals – improving mood, sleep, stress resilience, immunity, etc., and determining which adaptogens and nootropics complemented each other best without any negating each other’s benefits.


Perhaps why MTE is such a potent and useful health drink is because the research into its formulation was so passionate it bordered on pathological. In the end, Jeff created something that can help prevent all kinds of maladies, mental and physical, through supporting the body’s stress responses. Because stress doesn’t just take a toll on your mind; there are dozens upon dozens of physical diseases that are known to be stress-induced.


The New Go-To Green Drink's Journey to Good Taste

But what does MTE taste like, though? We’ve all tried a health drink or two while holding our nose, only to suppress a gag when we swallow a super-bitter mixture that tastes like freshly-mowed lawn grass. The goal with MTE was to make it taste good without going the pack-it-full-of-sugar route. But along the way, Jeff noticed a curious phenomenon: you develop a tolerance to bitterness.


Initially, they’d taste test scores of versions a day with the formulators at the lab. By the end of the day, everything tasted good. So they’d settle on a formula. Jeff would fly home. The formulators would ship him a test batch, and it would taste terrible. Obviously, they had to change their taste-testing approach to one per day. This made the process more length and cumbersome, but got them the great taste they needed, with natural flavors and a touch of pink Himalayan salt, of all things.


Jeff’s Tips for Making the Most of MTE & Getting Back to Having Fun

So, what additional things can someone do along with MTE to stay healthy? Jeff’s philosophy is all about sleep. 70 million people in the US aren’t getting enough sleep. Everyone’s tired – there’s more work hours, as well as more non-productive uses of time (read: streaming and social media). Proper sleep allows your body and mind to recover every day, which lets you start off on your best foot each morning, and protects your overall health and longevity. 


In Jeff’s opinion, making sleep a priority and doing your best to uncouple yourself from your smartphone can really change your outlook, help reduce stress, and let you have more fun. MTE is a great resource on its own, but it’s also a healthy way to augment an already good existence.


Convinced it’s worth a try? Check out the store. Need more information? You can find more material on MTE’s formulation and the philosophy behind this revolutionary greens powder by poking around our website.

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