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5-Hour Energy is a flavored energy drink made in the United States, based in Novi,Michigan. It is sold in 2-oz (59 mL) containers. The makers of the drink claim that it will provide hours of energy and, unlike other energy drinks, will purportedly not cause a sugar crash later. After its introduction in 2004 it sparked a wave of 'energy shot' drinks, and it is the number one selling product in the energy shot category in the US..
The ingredients of the energy blend are, in order of listing, taurine, Glucuronolactone, malic acid, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, L-Phenylalanine, caffeine, and Citicoline. The maker claims the drink "[c]ontains caffeine comparable to a cup of the leading premium coffee." If the caffeine content is assumed to be 100 mg, then there are an average of 295 mg of each of the other six ingredients in the energy blend.
The alleged benefits of having high levels of B-group vitamins have been questioned by consumers.
Although it was rumored that the high levels of B-group vitamins could be potentially dangerous, it remains that the drink is relatively safe in moderation. Drinking these energy shots could prove a problem if done several times everyday, but for use occasionally should not take issue with a healthy person. The question for danger by consumers was the high percentage of such ingredients as niacin, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. These ingredients are far over the daily percentage value and must be used only in moderation. Major risks of this product are listed on the label of the product itself. These include the possibility of niacin flush in the face and overuse. Although it does not define the effects of overuse, it does define the "recommended use: Drink one half bottle for moderate energy. Drink one whole bottle for maximum energy. Do not exceed two bottles daily, consumed several hours apart. Use or discard any remainder within 72 hours after opening."
Because the product does not contain anything that creates caloric energy, many consumers believe that the insinuated effects advertised by Living Essentials are nothing more than placebo. Furthermore, none of the statements made on the product or in advertisements for the product have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. From the fine print of the products commercials: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Individual results may vary. In a clinical trial (Performed by the company manufacturing the product); 5-hour energy significantly outperformed placebo on continuity of attention and self-related alertness. Neither 5-Hour Energy nor placebo affected blood sugar or mood. Not proven to improve physical performance, dexterity or endurance. Does not provide caloric energy.