5 Hour Energy Shots Review

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The 5-Hour Energy Shots product comes in a small, 2-ounce container supplying B vitamins and other ingredients to increase energy. The supplement is sold at convenience stores and retailers making it easy to come by, but will the extra energy actually last 5 hours and is there a downside to the supplement ingredients? The product has an average price of $2.50 per bottle. Taken twice per day, the 5-Hour Energy Shot would cost more than $150 per month with sales tax.

List of Ingredients

Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Sodium.

Energy Blend: Taurine, Glucuronic Acid, Malic Acid, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, L-Phenylalanine, Caffeine and Citicoline.

Product Features

The first few ingredients in 5-Hour Energy Shots are B vitamins. Niacin will cause a flushing or hotness on the skin. This may be perceived as the product working, but it has nothing to do with increased energy or metabolism. The product label does not warn of the flushing effect, but the official website reveals this information.

B vitamins are a natural source of energy that lasts less than 5 hours. The body quickly uses all the B vitamins it needs and the rest is washed out of the body in urine. If a dieter has ever noticed a change in urine color to bright yellow after taking a multivitamin, this change is attributed to B vitamins.

The energy blend is where the real energy support is found. Caffeine is the only ingredient in this blend that is proven to increase energy. The blend is proprietary, so the 5-Hour Energy Shots could contain a little caffeine or a lot, the user has no idea. According to the product description, one serving contains the same amount of caffeine as a premium cup of coffee. That amount will depend on the coffee and if the caffeine is the only active ingredient, the user could simple drink a cup of coffee and spend far less than the cost of 5-Hour Energy Shots.

Another interesting ingredient in the formula is the L-Tyrosine. This ingredient is used to help control an increase in blood pressure associated with taking caffeine. L-Tyrosine will not help if the dieter already has high blood pressure and may affect how blood pressure medications work.

L-Phenylalanine is a mood-altering ingredient. There is no reference to potential side effects from taking this ingredient on the main page of the official website, but there is a warning that the product contains the ingredient. L-Phenylalanine should not be taken by people taking prescription medications for mood disorders like depression or anxiety.

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  • All ingredients are listed on the product and official website.
  • Easy to obtain online or in stores.


  • Total monthly price is far higher than other energy supplements.
  • Main ingredient is caffeine.


5-Hour Energy Shots will boost energy, but that promise of no crash is simply not true. Using caffeine to boost energy does come with the risk of crashing after the effect of caffeine wears off.

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2 User Reviews about 5 Hour Energy Shots

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    candace nichols

    I have read that 5 hour energy shots can cause cancer. If this is true how much would a person have to take for this to happen?



    What? Cancer? That’s ridiculous! I’ve been taking 5 hour energy since high school. Now that I’m out of college, I’ve still been taking it and I have not had any negative side effects at all.

    The only downside to 5 hour energy is the fact that its down right expensive.