When the mid-afternoon slump inevitably turns my brain into mush and makes it difficult for me to focus on anything other than how much I need a nap, I usually turn to my beloved coffee. While that works fairly well, sometimes I need something that doesn’t take as long to make or is a little more travel-friendly. I first heard about 5-Hour Energy when my aunt, an RN, swore by it for getting through her 12-hour shifts on the maternity ward. I’ve met others who used it often, so when the opportunity to try it out came up, I was curious enough to give it a try.
What Makes 5-Hour Energy Different?
Most energy drinks that I’ve looked into scared me away with their ingredients. I’m very sensitive to herbal stimulants, so as much as I want to try them, I’m too nervous that I’ll react badly to them. 5-Hour Energy does not contain any herbal stimulants, and only has as much caffeine as the average cup of coffee. Instead, it relies on vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that occur naturally in food. These include:
- Vitamins B6, B12, and B3
- Folic Acid
- Malic Acid
- …and a few others
The two ingredients that I am most pleased about are the B vitamins and the Tyrosine. I know I need more B vitamins in my diet, and I used to take Tyrosine regularly for my depression and anxiety (note- this is not why it appears in 5-hour energy, and this statement has not been evaluated by the FDA, I’m just sharing my personal experience in using Tyrosine). The amino acid helps in the process of transmitting nerve impulses throughout the brain.
5-Hour Energy contains no sugar, and it only has 4 calories per serving. That’s a lot less than my cup of coffee after I add cream. Plus the little bottles are portable, and you don’t have to refrigerate them.
Does it Work?
I tried out 5-Hour Energy on a day when I was feeling particularly slumpish, and while it didn’t make me feel like running a marathon, I did feel a little more alert and energized. It’s not designed to take you from “I need a nap” to “I can leap tall buildings!” Instead, it gives you enough of a boost to make it through the rest of the afternoon without causing a crash in the evening. I tried the Berry flavor, and while it tastes pretty good, it is tangy, so get ready for those cheeks to pucker a bit!
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Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product from Smiley360 and 5-Hour ENERGY® in exchange for my review. My opinions, as always, as my own.