5-Hour Energy drink is specially formulated to produce an energy boost for work and exercise without carbohydrates, sugar and herbal supplements. According to the manufacturers of the energy drink, its consumption will not lead to a sugar crash in comparison to other energy drinks. Among the major ingredients in the 5-Hour Energy drink, B vitamins help in increased energy. This energy drink also contains niacin, folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. All these ingredients are present in the energy drink in quantities more than the dosage advised for daily intake.

Let us have a detailed discussion on the ingredients in the 5-Hour Energy drink:

B vitamins-

niacin (vitamin B3), folic acid (vitamin B9), vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 are the main ingredients in 5-Hour Energy. These water-soluble vitamins have a significant role in producing an energy boost in the body and also help in synthesizing and repairing damaged cells. Apart from these positive effects, there are certain negative effects of these B vitamins. The label on the 5-Hour energy drink bottle reads that you may suffer from certain problems like flushing or redness by consuming the drink. The presence of niacin is usually the cause of the flushing.

Energy blend-

a 5-Hour Energy drink contains an energy blend of the following ingredients:

  • Citicoline
  • Taurine
  • Tyrosine
  • Malic acid
  • Phenylalanine
  • Glucoronolactone
  • Caffeine

The manufacturers of 5-Hour Energy claim that the product contains caffeine lesser than in other energy drinks. The caffeine content is equal to that in a cup of coffee. Headache, nausea, dehydration, panic attacks, heart disease, gastro-intestinal pain and diarrhea are some of the serious side-effects of the consumption of too much caffeine. Although 5-Hour Energy contains very little amount of caffeine, you should take care that you do not have this two-ounce drink excessively.  Citicoline, a chemical naturally builds up in the body. In helps in preventing frequent mood swifts and in enhancing brain function. Glucoronolactone and malic acid are organic components and they help to reduce depression and fatigue. Phenylalanine, taurine and tyrosine are non-essential amino acids. They improve mental alertness.

Sucralose-

it is derived from sugar and is an artificial sweetener. Sucralose is used a preservative in many foods.  It tastes like sugar and is six hundred times sweeter than sugar although it has zero calories. A main positive side-effect of sucralose is that it can improve thyroid function. Food and Drug Administration or FDA approved the use of sucralose in USA in the year 1998.

Other ingredients-

potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate and glycerine are among the ingredients that 5-Hour Energy drink contains. Sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate are additives that shield the product from spoiling. Glycerine is also a preservative and it is used as a sweetener in the energy drink. 5-Hour Energy also contains natural flavors and purified water.

These are the ingredients in 5-Hour Energy.

It is essential to consult a doctor before taking 5-Hour Energy drink. Pregnant women and young children should avoid having this drink.