Living Essentials has come up with no sugar version of its popular energy drink 5-hour energy. The drink has shown significantly positive results related to energy boost in clinical trials. It contains Vitamin B complex i.e. Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Niacin or Vitamin B3 and Folic Acid or Vitamin B9. It has energy boosters such as Citicoline, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Taurin, Malic Acid, Glucuronolactone and Caffeine.
Vitamins present in this drink help to have an energy upsurge and rejuvenation. Its energy boosters help in more alertness in mind and make you full of energy. You can call this drink a charger for you. Caffeine is another ingredient in this drink responsible for the energy boost and heightened alertness. The energy drink is not meant for children under the age of 12. Pregnant women, people with high blood pressure, or people sensitive to Niacin (B3) should not drink 5-hour Energy.
5-hour Energy comes with a promise of no sugar, just a little caffeine, and a lot of vitamins. But though it is sugar free, amount of caffeine in this drink is about a cup of premium coffee and extra strength 5-hour Energy has even more caffeine. The energy boost is in fact due to this significant amount of caffeine. Too much caffeine can be harmful for teens and pregnant women. Others can also feel certain side effects such as nervousness, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure and nausea.
This drink should not be mixed with alcohol as when mixed with alcohol, it could lead to severe adverse effects. People who are sensitive to Vitamin B3 or Niacin could experience Niacin Flush after having this drink, as there is a decent amount of Niacin in this drink. They may have hot prickly sensation on their body, as well as reddening of the skin. It could lead to heart palpitation, chest pain, dizziness, nausea or numbness in legs or arms. It also contains a good amount of Vitamin B6, which could lead to loss of muscle coordination. It could also cause high chances of nerve toxicity or paralysis
People who have phenylketonuria should not drink 5-Hour Energy as it contains Phenylalanine. They could suffer from severe brain damage after having this drink. If a woman gets overdose of Niacin she could suffer from liver damage. One such case has been reported where a woman got her liver damaged due to having 10 bottles of %-hour energy a day and got a Niacin overdose. This drink could make people suffer from diarrhea, headaches, dehydration and gastrointestinal pain. So its better to have this drink in limit. Though it boosts energy, it could also cause harm to the user.