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LIVING ESSENTIALS 5-HOUR ENERGY Review by Matt C.
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REVIEW OF LIVING ESSENTIALS 5-HOUR ENERGY
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LIVING ESSENTIALS 5-HOUR ENERGY Review by Matt Canning
The product I am reviewing today is 5-Hour Energy by Living Essentials. I have reviewed numerous other products which are intended to give a person greater levels of alertness which can either be taken advantage of in the gym or somewhere else in their day-to-day life, and I wanted to see if the 5-Hour Energy drink really lived up to some of the claims reported on the package. I will list some of the claims and include my comments about them:
"When describing the 5-Hour Energy feeling, some people say it's "like the sun coming up in my head." That's because when you're feeling groggy and lethargic; 5-Hour Energy wakes up your brain and gets you back to feeling the way you want to feel - bright, alert, focused and energetic."
I tried the 5-Hour Energy shot at many different ocacasions. In fact, I sampled it a total of 10 times. Some of these times were before my workout while other times were during the day when I was feeling tired, or relatively late at night approaching my bedtime. I can't really say I ever felt a profound effect, and certainly at no time did I feel like the sun coming up in my head. I must say that on average, I did not experience the wake-up effect of a cup of coffee, which is odd since it is claimed that one shot of this product is equivalent to one cup of coffee in terms of caffeine content.
"What you won't feel is jittery or - crash*. That's because, unlike other energy drinks, 5-Hour Energy doesn't jack you up with sugar, caffeine and herbal stimulants. Instead, it's packed with stuff that's good for you - B-vitamins, and amino acids."
I would agree that I did not feel any of these things. I did not feel jittery, although that is sometimes a welcomed side effect of an energy or caffeine product because it tells the user that the product is working. In the case of 5-Hour Energy, I did not feel that it worked and the bad part about that was that I did not get the rush of energy I was hoping for. However, I suppose the good part of that was that I did not experience the side effects associated with it either. Some supplements have no good effects yet have bad effects. For 5-Hour energy I can confidently state I did not feel any bad effects from taking it, which is a good thing.
As for the healthy ingredients in the 5-Hour Energy drink, that is definitely something positive. Perhaps it is a good thing if energy supplements contain a higher level of "junky" or non-healthful ingredients because perhaps such ingredients help increase a person's energy level. My including healthier ingredients, this product possibly attempted to achieve the best of both world's - a healthy energy enhancing supplement and an effective one at that. But is such a result possible? At this point, I cannot answer that question.
"To get anything out of those canned energy drinks you have to force down a lot of liquid - up to 24 ounces for some of them. It takes just seconds to slam down a 2-ounce 5-Hour Energy shot. That means its energizing ingredients get into your system faster."
I do agree that the 5-Hour Energy drink is extremely simple to use. Even if people do not like the taste, it can be consumed so quickly that I highly doubt anyone would lodge any serious complaints about the taste. Overall, I definitely enjoyed the taste, but the ease in which the product could be consumed was definitely a plus also. It was something which in fact tasted good, but in shot form. In other words I would not want to drink an entire glass of it. It had a certain degree of strength just in drinking it which is a unique aspect but I think I would definitely prefer it in shot form as it is over a larger quantity of it. One quick shot of this particular flavor has a very unique effect.
"In a few minutes you can feel 5-Hour Energy brushing away the cobwebs and helping you regain the alert, focused feeling you need to get through your day. Canned energy drinks give you a lot of sugar, caffeine and herbal stimulants which can make you feel jittery, shaky or tense. But 5-Hour Energy's blend of vitamins and amino acids gives you hours of "smooth energy.""
I did notice a mild effect when I consumed 5-Hour energy, but I did not feel it was as intense as the above summary would lead one to believe. However, I would agree that this product does not result in feelings such as being jittery, shaky or tense. This is definitely a positive aspect of this product and something one should hope for in any energy product - unless they do want to feel that way. However, sometimes these feelings are good indications of an energy product also being effective.
"We named it 5-Hour Energy for a reason. People typically feel an elevated sense of energy, focus and alertness for about five hours. Individual results will vary, of course. And when that feeling wears off, it does so gently. Other energy drinks can make you feel jittery and tense for a short time then let you down with a crash* leaving you feeling worse than before."
Both the increase in energy from consuming this product and the end of its peak effects were hard for me to notice, but once again, I can state that there was no crash. I did not feel jittery, or much of anything else for that matter. I did not feel that this product worked for a full five hours. Perhaps around one hour of mild effect, with a gradual buildup and release from that level.
"If you're not tired, why take an energy drink? 5-Hour Energy was designed to be functional, not recreational. It will take you from tired and foggy to bright and focused. But it won't take you beyond that."
This is perhaps a very telling statement from Living Essentials. It indicates that being bright and focused is about what you should expect from 5-Hour Energy. This statement is one which I can more or less agree with. This product did not elicit an intense effect, but certainly one did exist.
"You may have read some scary things about other energy drinks and are afraid to try 5-Hour Energy. The knock on other drinks is their large amounts of sugar, caffeine and herbal stimulants such as guarana and ginseng. But 5-Hour Energy contains no sugar, no herbal stimulants and only as much caffeine as one cup of coffee. The active ingredients in 5-Hour Energy can be obtained in everyday foods, or is a nutrient your body makes naturally."
I would agree that a person should not write off 5-Hour Energy just because of their personal experiences with other energy drinks or energy shots. 5-Hour Energy is a milder energy drink and does not contain a great deal of bad ingredients. It has a respectable health profile and is mild and thus nothing to be overly concerned about. I tried it many times and felt that it was mild but did work somewhat. If I wanted a stronger boost of energy I would try another product, but if my goal was simply to achieve slightly better alertness, I do believe that this product is worthwhile.
Times of Consumption for 5-Hour Energy
I consumed the 5-Hour Energy shot around 10 times and here is a list of the times which I used it:
I felt that pre-workout would be an effective time to take the 5-Hour Energy shot because it would help give me a boost during my workout. This proved to be the case, but as I mentioned above the overall effect tended to be pretty mild. Some edge may be better than no edge, but overall I found that other supplements have given me a superior workout boost.
During the day:
I consumed 5-Hour Energy during the day under two circumstances;
 On an empty stomach: I felt that using 5-Hour Energy on an empty stomach would elicit a stronger overall effect and so I sampled it more than once on an empty stomach.
 With food: I felt using 5-Hour Energy with food would be less effective than if taken alone on an empty stomach and I believe this prediction was true.
Late at night:
I took the product late at night to see whether or not I would have difficulties sleeping 1-5 hours later. If the product is said to be working and I still had no problem sleeping at all, then it would be safe to say the effects of the product were not particularly strong for me and as it is, this was the case.
While Writing this Review:
I took the 5-Hour Energy product midway through writing this review. As it is, I would have to say that I feel it somewhat, but not very much, but I will update this below if it changes.
As outlined above, I did feel a very mild effect from using the 5-Hour Energy products over a variety of different circumstances, but altogether I cannot say that this effect was strong. If anything, it would be in the low to medium rage of effectiveness. It would be worth using in my view if your goal is to achieve a mild to medium effect and I would lean toward mild at that.
One thing that I can say for certain is that the taste of the 5-Hour Energy product is satisfactory or beyond for what I would expect for an energy shot. I tried the Lemon Lime flavour and I definitely enjoyed it. I would not want to drink a full glass of it, but as a shot being downed quickly, I would definitely positively review the flavour. I do not consume alcohol, but it is common knowledge that shots are strong and the same can be said for this product. However, it is consumed quickly and leaves a fairly pleasant aftertaste; not overly strong in any way and definitely tolerable.
There are numerous ways in which I can review this product and I will go over different components individually and include my opinion on each one. First off, regarding perhaps the most important component of a supplement, that being effectiveness, I cannot say that 5-Hour Energy particularly delivered very well. It did work, but only mildly. The price is $24.99 for 12-2 Fl. Oz. bottles which is pretty expensive for a mild product which would not deliver the energy as a cup of coffee as the label claims would suggest. In fact, I would think a cup of coffee would deliver more energy more efficiently. The drawback of coffee would be the side effects which are not present in 5-Hour Energy as well as the crash afterwards. A cup of coffee would be similar in price or even lower in price, but coffee contains a greater volume of unhealthy ingredients than 5-Hour Energy so I definitely have to speak positively of the nutritional content of this product. The product does not have side effects in any major way other than perhaps a very mild increase in core temperature which gradually occurs and gradually disappears. I experienced no crash just as the product claims suggested. I enjoyed the Lemon Lime flavour and felt that the taste of this product was very good as far as energy shots and energy drinks are concerned. Viewing all of these components to create an overall review, I would have to say that the cost effectiveness of this product is not worthwhile and there are likely more effective products available which elicit the same effect for less money. Altogether I would give this product a score of 4.5 out of 10. I would be interested in reviewing the Extra Strength version of this product but it is not carried on Bodybuilding.com.
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