5-Hour Energy

  • Profire

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    Mar 09, 2011 11:27 AM GMT
    Why is this stuff so popular?
    I just read an article that says a bottle of 5-Hour Energy contains no more caffeine than a medium coffee.
    There is no sugar or any other energy-boosting ingredients so its pretty much some water, flavor and a little caffeine.


    "5-Hour Energy
    There’s a lot of hype in this bottle, but the only ingredient that provides any significant energy is caffeine, of which there are 135 grams in each bottle. That’s less than you’d find in a14-ounce cup of coffee (Dunkin’ Donuts 14-ounce medium has 164 grams of caffeine). Cost for a cup of coffee: A buck or two. Cost for 5-Hour Energy: Between $3 and $4."
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    Mar 09, 2011 11:49 AM GMT
    Profire saidWhy is this stuff so popular?
    Marketing hype.
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    Mar 09, 2011 1:00 PM GMT
    Placebo / "sugar pill" effect?

    Or if it does work, so people just don't like coffee (taste, what have you) and this is a good alternative?

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    Mar 09, 2011 1:04 PM GMT
    ClrwtrDLbud71 saidPlacebo / "sugar pill" effect?

    Or if it does work, so people just don't like coffee (taste, what have you) and this is a good alternative?



    shit keeps me wired for those library all-nighters.
  • fitnesshound

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    Mar 09, 2011 1:16 PM GMT
    I agree that it's probably equivalent to a medium cup of coffee or a 20oz Coke Zero, but I'm okay with using the 5-Hour energy drink as a replacement for those things. Personally, I hate the bitterness of coffee, so I used to have a 20oz Coke in the morning to get my caffeine...now I just hit the 5-Hour energy drink so I can avoid the other chemicals in the Coke. Feels a little "cleaner" and I get my caffeine to wake up.
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    Mar 09, 2011 2:26 PM GMT
    As with all "energy drinks," there is no scientific evidence to back up the assertion that the concoction of chemicals-in-a-can/bottle produce the stated benefits. I do however enjoy the funny 5 hour energy commercials.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics just published a useful review of energy drinks titled "Health Effects of Energy Drinks on Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults." I would encourage prospective and current energy drink consumers of all ages to skim through it.

    Conclusion: "Energy drinks have no therapeutic benefit, and many ingredients are understudied and not regulated. The known and unknown pharmacology of agents included in such drinks, combined with reports of toxicity, raises concern for potentially serious adverse effects in association with energy drink use. In the short-term, pediatricians need to be aware of the possible effects of energy drinks in vulnerable populations and screen for consumption to educate families. Long-term research should aim to understand the effects in at-risk populations. Toxicity surveillance should be improved, and regulations of energy drink sales and consumption should be based on appropriate research."

    There is also emerging anecdotal evidence of a link between the increased consumption of these beverages amongst youth and increased awareness of sudden death in athletes (due to cardiomyopathy).

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    Mar 09, 2011 2:41 PM GMT
    dsmith123 saidAs with all "energy drinks," there is no scientific evidence to back up the assertion that the concoction of chemicals-in-a-can/bottle produce the stated benefits. I do however enjoy the funny 5 hour energy commercials.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics just published a useful review of energy drinks titled "Health Effects of Energy Drinks on Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults." I would encourage prospective and current energy drink consumers of all ages to skim through it.

    Conclusion: "Energy drinks have no therapeutic benefit, and many ingredients are understudied and not regulated. The known and unknown pharmacology of agents included in such drinks, combined with reports of toxicity, raises concern for potentially serious adverse effects in association with energy drink use. In the short-term, pediatricians need to be aware of the possible effects of energy drinks in vulnerable populations and screen for consumption to educate families. Long-term research should aim to understand the effects in at-risk populations. Toxicity surveillance should be improved, and regulations of energy drink sales and consumption should be based on appropriate research."

    There is also emerging anecdotal evidence of a link between the increased consumption of these beverages amongst youth and increased awareness of sudden death in athletes (due to cardiomyopathy).

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    Mar 09, 2011 2:44 PM GMT
    Profire saidWhy is this stuff so popular?
    I just read an article that says a bottle of 5-Hour Energy contains no more caffeine than a medium coffee.
    There is no sugar or any other energy-boosting ingredients so its pretty much some water, flavor and a little caffeine.


    "5-Hour Energy
    There’s a lot of hype in this bottle, but the only ingredient that provides any significant energy is caffeine, of which there are 135 grams in each bottle. That’s less than you’d find in a14-ounce cup of coffee (Dunkin’ Donuts 14-ounce medium has 164 grams of caffeine). Cost for a cup of coffee: A buck or two. Cost for 5-Hour Energy: Between $3 and $4."


    Vitamin B I'm pretty sure.

    I prefer Guayaki's organic energy shots. It's basically the yerba mate version of espresso, plus a few other herbal stimulants I believe. Works way better than the chemically 5 Hr. Energy, gives a cleaner more brainy buzz and lasts longer.
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    Mar 09, 2011 2:56 PM GMT
    LeanathleticDC said
    dsmith123 said

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    There is also emerging anecdotal evidence of a link between the increased consumption of these beverages amongst youth and increased awareness of sudden death in athletes (due to cardiomyopathy).

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    I didn't even notice that, was just looking for a picture that showed lots of different energy drinks. Thanks for pointing it out.
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    Mar 09, 2011 3:03 PM GMT
    Y'all should really give Zipfizz a try! It is MUCH cheaper than any other energy drink and is a lot better for you. It is naturally colored and tastes better. Seriously, check it out at zipfizz.com or look for it at Costco or Sam's. And yes, if this sounds like I used to sell it, I unfortunately did. I can't say that I loved selling the stuff, but I really do like drinking it. I can't tell you how many stories I was told of how well it works and how much it helped customers. Anyway, if anyone does give it a try, let me know what you think! icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 09, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    It probably has extra shit it in it that makes you stupid... have you seen the commercials? It's for people in low end jobs, working too much to get by and stuff... it appeared, and was suddenly in every convenience store across america.
  • rnch

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    Mar 09, 2011 3:16 PM GMT
    LeanathleticDC said
    dsmith123 saidAs with all "energy drinks," there is no scientific evidence to back up the assertion that the concoction of chemicals-in-a-can/bottle produce the stated benefits. I do however enjoy the funny 5 hour energy commercials.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics just published a useful review of energy drinks titled "Health Effects of Energy Drinks on Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults." I would encourage prospective and current energy drink consumers of all ages to skim through it.

    Conclusion: "Energy drinks have no therapeutic benefit, and many ingredients are understudied and not regulated. The known and unknown pharmacology of agents included in such drinks, combined with reports of toxicity, raises concern for potentially serious adverse effects in association with energy drink use. In the short-term, pediatricians need to be aware of the possible effects of energy drinks in vulnerable populations and screen for consumption to educate families. Long-term research should aim to understand the effects in at-risk populations. Toxicity surveillance should be improved, and regulations of energy drink sales and consumption should be based on appropriate research."

    There is also emerging anecdotal evidence of a link between the increased consumption of these beverages amongst youth and increased awareness of sudden death in athletes (due to cardiomyopathy).

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    sometimes you have to mellow out from taking all those energy drinks!


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  • ohioguy12

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    Mar 09, 2011 5:05 PM GMT
    Yea I think it's the vitamin B+sugar+caffine
  • rf_dal

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    Mar 09, 2011 5:14 PM GMT
    For caffeine without the drink and cost, why not just a jet alert? It's 200mg of caffeine and is like $3 for a bottle of 100 at Walmart.. lol
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    Mar 09, 2011 5:16 PM GMT
    Maybe its for people who don't like coffee? And its easier to drink and has only 5 calories. I don't know I am just guessing here.

    I worked with a former paramedic once and he said they are great for hangover because of all the B-12, so that is the only time I have drank one.
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    Mar 09, 2011 8:24 PM GMT
    135 grams? icon_eek.gif

    Um... that would be lethal.
  • XxXxXxAZNxXxX...

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    Mar 09, 2011 9:37 PM GMT
    It actually works despite the controversy.
    I have had it and I never crash and it's a great save if I am feeling really sleepy.
    It does taste terrible though, no denying that...just take it as a shot! ;p
  • Sk8Tex

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    Mar 09, 2011 9:45 PM GMT
    Sure it only has as much caffeine as a medium sized cup of coffee.. but take a look at the Vitamin B/B12 content. I believe its somewhere around 8000% of your daily recommended value, and since Vitamin B is a source of energy for the body well...

    ..and yes it will give you that jittery feeling, recommend you eat before drinking a shot. Empty stomach is the worst!
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    Mar 09, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    Tastes like crap. Doesn't work for me … like, not even a dent. No thanks.

    I'll stick to my coffee, thank you very much. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 09, 2011 10:54 PM GMT
    They totally work and I think they're delicious. Tastes like a nice mixture of battery acid and grape juice.
  • InsatiableBlo...

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    Mar 10, 2011 12:51 AM GMT
    I can drink 3 cokes and go to sleep.
    That doesn't happen with 5 hour.