5 Hour Energy Review

5-Hour Energy Review

Price: $25.99 for 12-pack = ~$65 for a month

If you’ve been following the news for the last few years, you would have certainly heard of energy shots growing in popularity in the US. It’s grown so much that caffeinated shots are coming to replace caffeinated drinks. Well, maybe not completely replace, but they are growing and growing in number – so much, actually, that Red Bull, Monster, and Coca-Cola have lately released their own caffeine shots as well.

In line with this, 5-Hour Energy might has been one of the most popular of these caffeinated shots, and to this, they’ve been growing a lot in popularity. However, as of late, there have been news stories regarding 5-Hour Energy that seem quite scary. One such news story was recently released from the New York Times, which reported the deaths of 13 people in four years since 2009. These deaths were attributed to the consumption of 5-Hour Energy.

In their defense, 5-Hour Energy has claimed that there should be no problem as long as people follow the recommended dosage that they suggest on the bottle. However, in some cases that people take more, it isn’t really their fault.

5-Hour Energy Ingredients

One of the notable things regarding 5-Hour Energy is that unlike most of the other products that we’ve reviewed here, it comes in the form of an energy shot – not a capsule or a pill. However, therein lies the problem. It has extremely high amounts of caffeine – around 215mg. In comparison, an 8-ounce cup of coffee contains around 100-120mg. Although not extremely excessive like some that we’ve seen before – we’re looking at you, Neurosurge – it still is quite a hefty amount. And especially bad for those who take it whilst also taking other caffeinated drinks throughout the day.

Critics of 5-Hour Energy attack the fact that the amount of caffeine is not really indicated, which leads to caffeine overdose, due to a lack of information.

Despite that, although not as comprehensive as most nootropics, 5-Hour Energy also contains: Taurine, Malic Acid, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Glucronolactone, and Citicoline.

What 5-Hour Energy Does for You

Unfortunately – and sorry to disappoint our readers – but we did not feel any nootropic or brain enhancing effects from 5-Hour Energy throughout our testing period. To us, it was nothing more than a caffeine shot. Sure, there might have been other ingredients which could be considered nootropic, but in all honesty, it was just simply underpowered. We didn’t feel the effects of 5-Hour Energy in terms of brain enhancement, aside from that massive boost of focus due to caffeine.

However, most notably, 5-Hour Energy’s claim of 5 hours of energy is quite accurate. Although it was not always 5 hours, it was always around that ballpark. And we believe that unless you go over the recommended dosage, you’ll be good with this energy shot – any more than that and you’re asking for trouble.

Some of us here at BrainPillAdvisor.com did have diarrhea as a result of drinking 5-Hour Energy – which although not enough to make a complete conclusion – those who don’t want to risk potential digestive problems might want to stay away.

The Problem with 5-Hour Energy

Inherently, there isn’t really a bad thing about 5-Hour Energy. It’s good at what it says it is – which is an energy shot. In no way, shape, or form does it claim to be a nootropic. This is usually the case, as even if a product contains brain enhancing ingredients, it’s still probably minimal – being more focused on what it’s actually supposed to do. In this case, provide energy and focus.

Notably, 5-Hour Energy is also a short term solution due to the problems of taking too much caffeine, which a short Google search should tell you more about. The effects only last for 4-5 hours, and then they’re gone. If you want a more gradual increase to your overall ability to focus, look to other products.

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