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5 hour energy shot

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Updated September 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM
Created June 29, 2011 at 2:18 PM

I know its not GOOD, but how bad is it?

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736 · June 30, 2011 at 12:51 AM

36oz of Red Bull has probably 4X the caffeine of one of those 5HE. If you can get away with drinking one 5HE you'd be ahead. Caffeine and low-carb will put you on the fast track to adrenal fatigue. Especially if you're basically pulling an all nighter.

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20411 · June 29, 2011 at 6:10 PM

It does have some sucralose and preservatives, and of course a fair bit of caffeine. And large doses of certain vitamins and amino acids. I didn't really see anything that would make think that it's really toxic. Problem is, it could be habit forming and on a regular basis some of the vitmins/aminos could be toxic. Niacin is thought to be toxic to the liver in large doses...

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105 · June 29, 2011 at 2:54 PM

I am more thinking of the situations where I have been up for 18 hours and need to drive for 3 hours to get home due to work or something. I ussually take this time to drink about 36oz of Red Bull, but I want to find something better.

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105 · June 29, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I am more thinking of the situations where I have been up for 18 hours and need to drive for 3 hours to get home due to work or something. I ussually take this time to drink about 36oz of Red Bull, but I want to find something better.

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15385 · June 29, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Same here... not looking for any energy supplements. I think taking energy shots is an indication that your diet is not where it needs to be.

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806 · June 29, 2011 at 3:31 PM

It works, and it is probably better than a 36 oz Red Bull. It has less caffeine and some vitamin B.

Best solution to your problem: pull over and take a 20 minute nap. That almost always results in me being fully awake for another 60-90 minutes of driving, and I can just repeat as needed.

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3946 · June 29, 2011 at 3:14 PM

I use this product when I am desperate. For instance, if I am on a long road trip and I'm falling asleep. I would rather drink a few ounces of chemical-shit-storm rather than fall asleep at the wheel. In comparing 5-hour-energy with similar products, I found the carbs on this one to be negligible. Yes, I know they are all terrible, but this is the least of the terrible for me.

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4276 · June 29, 2011 at 2:37 PM

No idea, since going paleo, lack of energy has never been problem.

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105 · June 29, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I am more thinking of the situations where I have been up for 18 hours and need to drive for 3 hours to get home due to work or something. I ussually take this time to drink about 36oz of Red Bull, but I want to find something better.

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15385 · June 29, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Same here... not looking for any energy supplements. I think taking energy shots is an indication that your diet is not where it needs to be.

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11099 · June 30, 2011 at 6:22 AM

It is artificial energy, and while it may be a lovely band-aid for the short term, it will burn out your adrenal glands for the long term.

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1626 · June 29, 2011 at 10:19 PM

I've never had this product but if you are on the road and have a long drive ahead of you and are sleepy then you better pull your ass over and take a nap. Lol. Save a life.

If you are still tired then something like this may do the trick. If it will keep you awake then I say go for it. Or, simply snacking on something like salted pistachios might do the trick too. Wouldn't salt help a bit?

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