The facts about 5-hour Energy shots

5-hour Energy is a caffeinated drink with added vitamins and substances touted to be more beneficial than coffee in boosting alertness, but the claims are unsubstantiated and the product could pose some harm.

These cleverly marketed 2-ounce shots promise to increase focus without a subsequent crash. According to the commercials, the shots provide “beneficial nutrients found in everyday foods like avocado, bananas and broccoli,” suggesting it is superior to the lowly coffee bean.

According to The National Coffee Association, 54 percent of U.S. adults drink coffee daily and spends, on average, $164.71 a year on coffee. Living Essentials, the parent company of 5-hour Energy, is targeting this market –– and making a dent. The company claims more than 7 million people use 5-hour Energy drinks a week.

Marketing is aimed at stressed moms, shift workers, tired students and others. What’s lacking in the advertising is proof the stuff is worth three times the price of a cup of Joe.

The claims boast the drink doesn’t contain sugar like some coffees. However, it does have the artificial sweetener sucralose and the preservative sodium benzoate, which has been shown to decrease attention span in children in a study published in The Lancet.

The drink provides ‘super doses’ of some B vitamins: 8,333 percent of the recommended daily amount of B12; 2,000 percent of B6 and 150 percent of niacin.

According to the National Institutes of Health, there is no evidence B12 supplements increase energy or endurance, except in people with a deficiency, and B6 in amounts greater than 100 milligrams per day (the equivalent of three 5-hour Energy shots) can cause adverse effects like nerve damage to the arms and legs.

The upper limit for folic acid is 1,000 micrograms, which is equal to two and a half shots. Our government has been enriching grains with folic acid for a decade in an effort to prevent birth defects. At the same time, researchers have found cancer rates increasing and attribute this to too much folic acid. They warn adults who are not of childbearing age to avoid taking high doses of folic acid in supplement form.

The so-called “energy blend” also in the 5-hour Energy drink consists of amino acids and other substances needed in small amounts by the body. There is no credible evidence to support the claim they boost energy.

A healthy diet will provide all of the nutrients found in this drink with the added benefit of health-promoting phytonutrients found only in plant foods –– not isolated vitamins packaged into a drink.

The main factor that drives alertness in the 5-hour Energy drink is simply caffeine –– an amount equivalent to one cup of coffee. But, like vitamins, caffeine alone does not provide the beneficial phytonutrients found in whole coffee beans. Excessive intake of caffeine from any source can drive up blood pressure, which can adversely affect the heart.

Although 5-hour Energy has not been directly linked to heart problems, it would be wise to eat bananas and broccoli, enjoy your java and stay clear of 5-hour Energy shots.

This entry was posted in Patriot Ledger Articles. Bookmark the permalink.

99 Responses to The facts about 5-hour Energy shots

  1. Vina says:

    THX that’s a great asnwer!

  2. Hien Malling says:

    Hello, I hopped over to your site from reddit. This isn’t not an article I would normally read, but I loved your thoughts on it. Thanx for creating a blog post worth reading!

  3. Thomas Sabo says:

    This is a good blog. Keep up all the work. I too love blogging and expressing my opinions. Thanks

    Thomas Sabo,Tiffany Jewelry.Gucci Jewelry

  4. information says:

    Greeeeeeeeat Blog Love the Infomation you have provided me .

    • Joan Endyke says:

      Hi, the second paragraph refers to sugar and caffeine increasing alertness but later causing a low. Hope this helps, Joan

  5. Awsome website! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am taking your feeds also. http://www.apnatorrents.com/download-eclipse-the-twilight-saga-free-pdf.html

  6. Jolyn Ege says:

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog. An excellent read. I will definitely be back.

  7. Hiram Mt says:

    This is by far one of my favorite post you have done on weight loss and healthy living. I disagree on some points but most of the points you made i can respect.

  8. By the luck of the draw I stumbled on this site. It is very good! You have made some points I was not aware of on health and weight loss. Thank you!

  9. wow ur site gave me power !!! thanks

  10. I need to declare I’m impressed. Very seldom do I come across a blog that is both educative as well as entertaining. Just want to inform you that you’ve hit the nail on the head. Your concept is excellent. Thank you is all I really have to say !!

  11. Great post, I admire the writing style 🙂 A little off topic here but what theme are you using? Looks pretty cool.

    • Joan Endyke says:

      sorry my web designer set up the blog so I am not sure about the “theme” I am a dietitian/nutritionist and writer, sometimes I get lost with the technology!

  12. xinwei says:

    so a lot superb information on here, : D.

  13. jingxiamnh says:

    Dear admin, thanks for offering this blog post. I discovered it fantastic. Take care,

  14. langlang33 says:

    Many thanks spending some time go more than it, I’m strongly concerning this and consequently prefer looking into more on the following area of interest. If possibilities, since you achieve professionalism, everything that responses improving any weblog with much more stuff? This is ideal for us all.

  15. Great review! You actually touched some interesting news on your blog. I came across it by using Google and I’ve got to admit that I already subscribed to the RSS feed, it’s very great 🙂

  16. PDF Download says:

    Awesome work there. I signed up to your blog RSS.

  17. renren876 says:

    Hello! Ive been following your web site for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from New Caney Texas! Just wanted to tell you keep up the good job!

  18. Free Ebook says:

    Very well written post. It will be beneficial to anyone who utilizes it, including me. Keep up the good work – i will definitely read more posts.

  19. Lucian Weiss says:

    I just book marked your blog on Digg and StumbleUpon. I enjoy reading your commentaries.

  20. happyday67 says:

    Wow nice site. I wish mine would look like this.

  21. Chung says:

    Highly beneficial appreciate it, There’s no doubt that your audience would definitely want a lot more well written articles like this keep up the wonderful work.

  22. Lella says:

    After reading your blog post I browsed your website a bit and noticed you aren’t ranking nearly as well in Google as you could be. I possess a handful of blogs myself and I think you should take a look here: http://articlemarketingrobots.org You’ll find it’s a very nice tool that can bring you a lot more visitors. Keep up the quality posts

  23. Diann says:

    Nice blog. Located it using Bing. Think I’ll be back to see what else you’ve blogged about.

  24. xiaorr456 says:

    I was very excited to see this site. I wanted to thanks for this great article! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

  25. I learned about this internet site via Google two days ago and that I am certainly enjoying all the statistics being shared appropriately! Many thanks again!

  26. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch! “We strain to renew our capacity for wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again.” by Shana Alexander.

  27. Thank you for great article. I had an excellent time reading, there were few a few things i was surprised at.

  28. I vote for you, it’s good news Cheers

  29. I am looking for a competent writer, long time in this area. Excellent article!

  30. Skill says:

    By simply expressing your knowledge you help other people via expressing your own personal observations. And I’ll let you know now your blogging served me personally. Regards

  31. Hi, Nice article! This is very much helpful for my research and i hope to run through more of your posts someday! How i wish i can see you in person so i can get to know you more.

  32. Hiya, I am really glad I have found this info The facts about 5-hour Energy shots | Wicked Good Health Blog Nowadays bloggers publish only about gossips and internet and this is actually frustrating. A good website with interesting content, that is what I need. Thanks for keeping this website, I’ll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Cant find it.

  33. Autokary says:

    I was beginning to suppose i might probably end up being the sole person which thought about this, at the least at this point i acknowledge i’m not loonie i am going to make it a point to see a number of different blogposts when i get a bit of caffeine in me, cheers

  34. Hello, Good website. Some truly wonderful posts on this site, thank you for contribution.

  35. Layla Erholm says:

    Hi, Nice job! Fantastic site! Thank you for this specific material I had been seeking all Yahoo to be able to locate it!

  36. An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  37. Hey, Great work! I saw this really great post today.

  38. I am often to blogging and i really appreciate your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your site and keep checking for new information.

  39. Just thought I would comment and say superb theme, did you code it on your own? Looks excellent!

  40. Your layout is truly briliant. I will be using something similar for my very own site if you don’t mind.

  41. Hello, Thank you for this specific material I had been seeking all Msn to be able to locate it!

  42. Hey, Great work! Fantastic blog. Thank you for this specific material I had been seeking all Yahoo to be able to locate it!

  43. I dugg some of you post as I cogitated they were very useful invaluable

  44. Hello.This article was really fascinating, especially because I was browsing for thoughts on this subject last Saturday.

  45. Hey, Great job, I’ve bookmarked this page and have a feeling I’ll be returning to it regularly.

  46. Deference to author , some superb selective information . “It’s always too early to quit.” by Norman Vincent Peale.

  47. Reina Maltez says:

    Hi webmaster, commenters and everyone else !!! website was absolutely wonderful!

  48. AJ says:

    Check out this video on 5 hour energy. funny. http://youtu.be/nJOao7Qafhs

  49. AJ says:

    nice blog check out this 5 hour energy video.

  50. Lexie Hanke says:

    Magnificent blog. All posts have a process to learn. Your hard work is very good and i enjoy you and wanting for some more informative posts.

  51. I do not agree with all you say but I have to admit you have a great blog.

  52. Cheers for this blog post, it was great to see.

  53. Excellent beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your web site, how can i subscribe for a blog site? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear concept

  54. I will tell that you are very knowlegeable. Im launching an internet site soon, together with your information can be very useful for myself.. Interesting help as well as wishing everyone the achievement in your business.

  55. I’m extremely new to the web and required to review this subject. Thought it had been an excellent article very well written and helpful.

  56. This is my very first time I have visited here. I found a lot of interesting information in your blog. From the a lot of comments in your posts, I guess I’m not alone! keep up the impressive work.

  57. Nice thoughts. Much like your site design too. continue the good work.

  58. Sadie Jeans says:

    Hello, Wonderful article! This is very much helpful for my research and i hope to run through more of your posts someday! How i wish i can see you in person so i can get to know you more.

  59. Running is one of the best ways to burn calories and a person can burn up to 275 calories per mile. This can add up to up to over 1000 calories burned per hour! Therefore, running to lose weight can be a great way to get back in shape. As a matter of fact, running burns more calories than any other exercise except for cross country skiing.

  60. Sadie Jeans says:

    Hello, Wonderful article! This is my first time i visit here. I discovered so numerous fascinating stuff in your blog.

  61. Yay google is my king aided me to find this great website ! . “How can I be useful, of what service can I be There is something inside me, what can it be” by Vincent Van Gogh.

  62. Levis Jeans says:

    Excellent site. All posts have a process to learn. Your hard work is very good and i enjoy you and wanting for some more informative posts.

  63. Wow! Thank you! I continuously wanted to write on my blog something like that. Can I take a portion of your post to my site?

  64. Hi, Great article! Nice weblog! Thank you for this specific material I had been seeking all Google to be able to locate it!

  65. Thank you, I have recently been searching for information about this topic for ages and yours is the best I have discovered so far.

  66. I have been reading out some of your posts and i must say pretty good stuff. I will definitely bookmark your site.

  67. worm farming says:

    This is a really awesome entry. I found your blog from bing while browsing a similar subject matter. I really ate up what you had to discuss. Keep up the great work!

  68. Hello, Nice job! I saw this really great post today.

  69. I have been reading out some of your articles and i can claim nice stuff. I will definitely bookmark your site.

  70. Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I抣l certainly comeback.

  71. Thanks for that awesome posting. It saved MUCH time Thanks for this nice post you’ve made!

  72. Fantastic blog. I was checking constantly this weblog and I am impressed! Very useful information specially the last part I care for such information much.

  73. I like how are you thinking…and I must confess I’m totally addicted to your articles!

  74. I have a problem with the overall premise of your article but I still think its really informative. I still really like your writing style. Keep up the good work.

  75. Pia Kaba says:

    Hi, Great article! Excellent website! Thank you for this specific material I had been seeking all Yahoo to be able to locate it!

  76. You made my family untimely for succeed on this page. First-class web page, just simply stored them a lot more reference point!

  77. Lynna Teater says:

    Magnificent weblog. I was checking constantly this weblog and I am impressed! Very useful information specially the last part I care for such information much.

  78. It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you few interesting things or suggestions. Perhaps you could write next articles referring to this article. I want to read even more things about it!

  79. Good article, thank you. I really like it!

  80. I like this web blog very much, Its a very nice berth to read and find info . “Acceptance of dissent is the fundamental requirement of a free society.” by Richard Royster.

  81. I have to say, youve got one with the greatest blogs Ive noticed in a lengthy time. What I wouldnt give to have the ability to develop a blog thats as intriguing as this. I guess Ill just need to keep reading yours and hope that 1 day I can write on a subject with as much understanding as youve got on this one!

  82. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  83. Gary Lamme says:

    Hello, Thank you for this specific material I had been seeking all Msn to be able to locate it!

  84. I ought to say, youve got 1 of the most effective blogs Ive seen in a lengthy time. What I wouldnt give to be capable of generate a blog thats as fascinating as this. I guess Ill just need to maintain reading yours and hope that one day I can write on a topic with as considerably expertise as youve got on this one!

  85. Im impressed, I must say. Incredibly hardly ever do I come across a blog thats both informative and entertaining, and let me tell you, youve hit the nail on the head. Your blog is critical; the concern is some thing that not adequate people are talking intelligently about. Im definitely happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this problem.

  86. Hi there, just was aware of your weblog thru Google, and found that it’s really informative. I’m gonna watch out for brussels. I’ll be grateful in case you continue this in future. Numerous other people will be benefited out of your writing. Cheers!

  87. Ubiquinol says:

    I wanted to write you this little word to give thanks over again on the great knowledge you have featured in this case. It has been certainly strangely open-handed of people like you to give freely exactly what many people would have marketed as an ebook to help make some dough on their own, certainly since you could possibly have done it in case you wanted. These strategies as well served to become fantastic way to fully grasp that most people have the same interest similar to mine to grasp good deal more in regard to this issue. I’m certain there are a lot more enjoyable periods ahead for individuals that look into your blog post. I’m excited about researching alot more about ubiquinol.

  88. news says:

    The structure for the web site is a tad off in Epiphany. Even So I like your site. I might have to install a normal web browser just to enjoy it.

  89. Hello great website! Does running a blog similar to this take a massive amount work?
    I have absolutely no understanding of coding but I was hoping to start my
    own blog in the near future. Anyway, if you have
    any suggestions or techniques for new blog owners please share.
    I know this is off topic but I just had to ask. Cheers!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *