5 Hour Energy is an American-made energy shot that has been helping us conquer the trials and tribulations of everyday life for quite some time now. However, most of you probably didn’t pay attention to the fine print. Don’t worry, no one really does. Here, MusicSnake Magazine put together all of the crucial information about the drink and all you have to do is read on to discover everything you need to know.

Number One: 5 Hour Energy Caffeine Warnings

If you choose to consume this energy shot, the company insists that you avoid any other caffeinated beverages, such as coffee or black tea. If additional caffeine is consumed by the body, it may pose negative symptoms such as jitters, nervousness, sleeplessness and an extremely rapid heartbeat. Although, 5 hour energy admits that after drinking the beverage consumers may experience a normal reaction called a niacin flush. This is a natural occurrence from increased blood flow, and may cause a temporary hot flash.

Number Two: The Sugar Content

A main selling point of this particular drink is that it doesn’t have the high sugar content like other, larger energy drinks. In fact, there is no sugar content in the drink at all. However, there are artificial sweetening agents in the beverage, such as sucralose and sodium benzoate. While these ingredients aren’t technically sugar, they may be linked to worse health effects, mostly in children.

Number Three: The Ingredients

There has been a lot of speculation about the safety of the ingredients used in this supplement. Both the company and the FDA assure users that the ingredients are safe in moderation. Contrary to popular belief, the content of energy drinks is regulated by the FDA, and complete information about the ingredients are available on the 5 Hour Energy company website.

Number Four: A Healthy Substitute

The shot may provide a quick energy boost for busy individuals, studies have shown that a healthy diet may have the same effects. Sure, 5 Hour Energy may be more convenient, but your body may thank you for substituting the beverage with a diet full of bananas and broccoli and a few cups of coffee. The nutrients in these foods, along with select plant-based supplements (if so desired), will provide the same energetic effect.

Number Five: The Fine Print

Because caffeine levels in the drink can pose certain health risks, 5 Hour Energy offers directions for use that often go ignored or unnoticed. As per every dietary supplement, there are right and wrong ways to use this product. The company advises that only a half of a bottle should be consumed for “moderate energy”, while the whole bottle may be consumed for “maximum energy”. They also state that no more than a maximum of two bottles should be consumed within 24 hours, and not to drink the beverage if it has been opened for more than 72 hours.

Number Six: Debunking the Myths

Because of internet influences, there are many myths circulating about the ingredients and nature of 5 Hour Energy shot. Despite speculation, all ingredients in this beverage are disclosed on the product label, and they don’t include harmful additions like Aspartame or Glycerin. There have also been a number of rumors circulating that this beverage may aid in passing or failing a drug test, but no test result has ever indicated that this product will alter the results of a drug test.

Number Seven: Safe Drinking

Overall, 5 Hour Energy is an artificial energy booster, but generally safe for most people. However, as with every supplement, there are certain groups of people who should avoid the product: children under 16, PKU patients, pregnant or nursing women and coffee fanatics. Additionally, anyone on medications should speak with a doctor before use.

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