Does 5-Hour Energy Work?


Quick Answer

For those seeking to use caffeine to become alert or stay awake, 5-Hour Energy drinks and shots do work. However, when compared to coffee, caffeinated energy drinks and shots may contain other ingredients that may be harmful.

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The FDA does not require manufacturers of energy drinks or shots to disclose all of the ingredients or the caffeine content on labels. However, 5-Hour Energy lists high levels of caffeine, taurine and B vitamins as ingredients.

The company claims that one 4-ounce shot is equal in caffeine to a cup of coffee. Large amounts of caffeine can lead to higher blood pressure, trouble sleeping and nausea. Additionally, large doses of Vitamin B have not been directly correlated to higher energy.

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