There’s not a particular chemical that is known to be particularly bad in 5-hour energy, per se, as far as scientists know. But we just don’t know enough about many of the chemicals to understand their long-term effects or how they combine with each other. The main energy source in 5 hour energy is caffeine, just like coffee, which many humans can safely drink in controlled amounts. Vitamins B6, B12, Niacin, and Folic Acid are all found in high levels in the drink and are important vitamins for human consumption. But their amounts are so high that taking much more than the dose limit can cause sensitive people to get a Niacin Flush, and too many bottles of the stuff can cause toxic levels of Vitamin B6 and affect muscle coordination. Hmm, doesn’t sound like a very balanced product to me! Other substances like Citicoline and Tyrosine found in the drink seem to have some connection with increased concentration. Glucuronolactone and Taurine are also included for supposed energy or concentration-boosting, but the scientific evidence related to their benefits and health effects is not well-developed.
The real health concern when it comes to energy drinks like this one is our lack of research into the various chemicals and their combined effects. I would recommend drinking coffee. It is a naturally-occurring energy drink that humans have safely been consuming for thousands of years.
If you don’t like coffee or if you simply want to try an energy drink, try an organic one. There are several on the market that don’t have added sugars or extreme amounts of vitamins. GURU is one of the most popular natural energy drinks as well as STEAZ energy. GURU has natural fruit juices, organic sugar, and green tea while STEAZ has natural caffiene and Ceylon green tea one of th best green teas in the world.
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