Quick Take: With a number of products under their belt, MDrive is no stranger to testosterone boosters. However, their original formula, MDrive Prime, was a bit of a disappointment. They probably realized this so they made a couple of successors and one of them, is MDrive Elite. With a handful of ad100ditional ingredients, does this formula have what it takes to make the jump from mediocre to excellence? Read the review and find out.
- MDrive Elite is an updated version of DreamBrands’ original MDrive product (MDrive Prime).
- Every single ingredient on the MDrive Prime formula is recycled here in MDrive Elite but the addition of a few key ingredients changes the entire scope of the supplement.
- Advertised on their label to be designed for “elite performance” with a seemingly particular importance towards stimulant-free boost in energy
- Just basing on the MDrive website, the 5 key ingredients in the MDrive Elite formula seem to be KSM-66, Chromax, L-OptiZinc, Selenium SeLECT, and Bioperine.
- Has some non-testosterone boosting (but still good male health) nutrients.
- Available to buy online and in retail stores including The Vitamin Shoppe, Amazon, GNC, and Bodybuilding (dot) com.
MDrive Elite Ingredients
|Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol)||400 IU|
|Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride)||10 mg|
|Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)||120 mcg|
|Zinc (as L-OptiZinc® zinc mono-L-methionine sulfate)||15 mg|
|Selenium (as Selenium SeLECT® L-selenomethionine)||100 mcg|
|Chromium (as Chromax® chromium picolinate)||200 mcg|
|Performance Blend||1910 mg|
|KSM-66® Ashwagandha Extract (root)||**|
|Cordyceps Extract (mycelia)||**|
|Fenugreek Seed Extract||**|
|American Ginseng Extract (root)||**|
|Maitake Extract (mushroom)||**|
|Maca Extract (root)||**|
|Damiana Extract (leaf)||**|
|Bioperine® Piperine (from black pepper)||**|
MDrive Elite’s T-Boosters & Other Ingredients
Vitamin D3 – Higher levels of this sunshine vitamin have been found to be correlated to healthy levels of testosterone. However, while Vitamin D3 is the preferred form, a meager 400 IU dose isn’t doing this natural testosterone booster justice.
Vitamin B6 – Although not as extensively researched as Vitamin D3, Vitamin B6 has also shown similar benefits in that B6 depletion lead to lower levels of testosterone. 10 mg is a solid dose but P-5-P would’ve been the better form.
Vitamin B12 – This vitamin doesn’t seem to have any direct influence on testosterone but it still is pretty good for men because of its benefits to testicular and sperm health. Both form and dosage are solid.
Zinc – as L-OptiZinc®, this brand is one of the best absorbed forms of Zinc which makes this supposedly average 15 mg look just right. Zinc is one of the best natural testosterone boosters in the market because of its direct involvement in the T production and release.
Selenium – As branded SeLECT®, Selenium is an antioxidant that protects our cells from the damage caused by free radicals which could make it pretty good for bodybuilding and recovering muscles. No testosterone boosts here though.
Chromium – No testosterone boosts here either but as Chromax®, this could be a potent dual-acting bodybuilding supplement that both incinerates fat and helps build muscle.
- Ashwagandha – This adaptogenic herb has multiple benefits to male health but what makes it even better is that KSM-66® itself is research-backed to be good for sperm and testosterone.
This next ingredient, Cordyceps (Or Cordydrive as MDrive Elite calls it), is a pretty vexing ingredient. Aside from being a fungus/parasite that grows on the back of caterpillars and several other insects, it also needs more research as a testosterone booster because as it is right now, it seems it could either boost or reduce T levels. It does seem to have anti-stress benefits though so that’s good. For more info on Cordyceps, click here.
- Fenugreek – Influencing strength, libido, growth hormones, and “free” testosterone, Fenugreek is one of the more reliable (but probably not the best) natural man enhancing supplements. It manages to increase bioavailable testosterone via aromatase and 5-alpha-reductase inhibition.
- American Ginseng – This herb helps the body adapt to stress which may indirectly influence testosterone. American Ginseng specifically has more antioxidant potential compared to its Asian (Panax) counterpart.
Maitake – As shown in this USDA paper, Maitake mushrooms can contain as much as 2500+ IU of testosterone boosting Vitamin D2 per 100 g. However, the levels of Vitamin D2 in these mushrooms can very depending on UV light exposure so I have no way of telling how much of this vitamin this extract has.
- Maca – A potent herb for energy, sperm, and sex, Maca seems pretty good for male health but all these benefits don’t add up to boosted testosterone.
- Diindolylmethane (DIM) – Found in several testosterone boosting products for a regulatory necessity on estrogen. However, the research on DIM still seems pretty conflicting as of the moment.
- Damiana – Similar to DIM, Damiana is also found in bodybuilding and testosterone boosting supplements for its theoretical estrogen blocking capabilities. Also like DIM, however, Damiana is in need of more scientific exploration.
- Bioperine® – No testosterone or manly benefits whatsoever but it does help boost nutrient absorption which is always a good thing.
MDrive Elite Directions
Each serving of MDrive Elite consists of 3 capsules and as instructed:
“Take 3 capsules in the morning with food”
So, uhmm, take the entire serving with breakfast.
MDrive Elite has 6 vitamins and minerals but only half of them are testosterone boosters. Vitamin B6 and especially Vitamin D3 and Zinc are pretty solid choices, too. The puny 400 IU Dosage of Vitamin D3, however, probably won’t be very effective but thanks to the solid dose of Zinc and Vitamin B6, MDrive Elite should at least be capable of rejuvenating healthy levels of testosterone while Vitamin B12, Chromium, and Selenium help in building a leaner and manlier physique.
In typical MDrive fashion, MDrive Elite also boasts a prop blend. I say “boast” to make it sound like a positive but in truth, proprietary blends are a pain in the ass that, to me, separates the true testosterone boosting elites from the average, run-of-the-mill products. On a positive note though:
The MDrive Elite prop blend is an upgrade from its MDrive predecessor
The total dosage of 1910 mg is a decent spread over 9 ingredients, especially considering the decent prioritization of ingredients. Let me expound on this.
2 of the 3 top ingredients are Ashwagandha and Fenugreek which means that both these herbs get a bulk of the 1910 mg total dosage. This is good because as I’ve previously described, they’re one of the better natural testosterone boosters that’re actually backed by science.
Cordyceps, the other top ingredient, isn’t as well researched as Ashwagandha or Fenugreek but for what it’s worth, it still is a promising testosterone booster. The next ingredient, American Ginseng, is an adaptogen that may indirectly influence testosterone status. Combined, these 4 ingredients make a decent team of herbs for boosting testosterone, energy, and muscle growth & recovery.
The next ingredient, Maitake, might contain significant levels of Vitamin D2 without requiring heavy milligrams but as it is, there’s no way of gauging how much Vitamin D2 this mushroom has without actually knowing the amount of UV exposure it has had. IF it does indeed contain heavy amounts of Vitamin D2, Maitake could be the x-factor that compensates for the low Vitamin D3 dosage of MDrive Elite.
The last 4 ingredients are Maca, DIM, Damiana, and Bioperine. Being on the last ends of the prop blend means they also typically get the lowest dosage and the way I see it, this is actually a pretty good decision in the part of MDrive Elite. You see, Maca is great for sex and energy but it’s not a testosterone booster, DIM and Damiana are potential estrogen blockers that still need more research, and BioPerine doesn’t need a whole lot to effectively boost nutrient absorption.
Does it Work?
The picture above shows the list of benefits claimed by MDrive Elite. It’s a bit repetitive but basically, MDrive Elite looks to be designed for energy, lean body mass, and testosterone. Judging from their formula, I would say that MDrive Elite succeeded in creating a stack meant to boost those 3. So yes, it does work.
- Quality ingredients – MDrive seems to value the quality of their ingredients and MDrive Elite is no exception.
- Safe – The customer reviews I’ve read generally don’t have any complains of side effects and I wouldn’t expect there to be anything major as MDrive Elite is an all natural stack.
- Reputation – Speaking of customer reviews, its Amazon ratings are pretty high on average.
- Formulation – It aimed for stamina, testosterone, and a body fit for the elites. It succeeded.
- Prop blends – Hiding specific dosages is never a good thing.
- Unproven ingredients – Cordyceps, Maitake, DIM, and Damiana.
- Weak estrogen blocking – Because DIM and Damiana need further research.
The Bottom Line
The MDrive Elite formula isn’t necessarily what I’d call “elite” but compared to the original MDrive Prime, it may look like it is. For the busy and active man looking for a jolt of energy, a boost in testosterone, and a bit more muscle, MDrive Elite makes for a decent choice. Just don’t expect elite level boosts in testosterone.