5-Hour Energy: A surge of caffeine with minimum side effects

This isn’t exactly your typical brain pill review as 5-Hour Energy isn’t exactly a brain pill. It’s a caffeine shot that’s taken America by storm in its use as a ‘clean’ energy booster. We know that many of our readers like to stack their nootropics or brain pills with others as well, and caffeine will usually be there on the top of the list. Therefore, we’re reviewing 5-Hour Energy as a supplement stack, rather than an actual brain pill.


Supplement Facts
Niacinamide 30mg
Vitamin B6 40mg
Folic Acid 400mcg
Vitamin B12 500mcg
Sodium 18mg
Energy Blend 1870mg
Taurine, Glucuronic acid, Malic Acid,N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, L-Phenylalanine,Caffeine, Citicoline


When you look at its ingredients, 5-Hour Energy doesn’t really have any brain enhancing ingredients. In place of this, it contains only ingredients that increase energy and focus, as with what most stimulants do for you anyway. However, its formula still has some ingredients like L-Tyrosine and Choline, which are contained in most other brain pills.


Overall Dose Potency: B

In this respect, we should be measuring the amount of caffeine in 5-Hour Energy. While it isn’t really available for view online or on their label, our lab, as well as various sources out there, conclude that 5-Hour Energy has around 215mg of caffeine, which is a large step up from most other caffeine sources. A cup of coffee (brewed) will only contain around 40mg of caffeine, so 5-Hour Energy is quite incredibly potent.


Effects when Stacked: B-

Obviously, the important question would be whether or not it actually works well when stacked with a nootropic. For this, we used Biohack Pure, an equally potent brain enhancer. It was to our surprise that 5-Hour Energy, when stacked with Biohack Pure was actually quite a whopping experience. We were able to blast away at so much work than we normally would, even when on a nootropic. However, the one negative that we noticed was that we experienced bad headaches towards the end of a few hours of work, as well as being completely obliterated, and fatigued. It worked well for the first few hours, but don’t plan on using it if you have a whole day ahead of you.


Price / Value: C-

The price of 5-Hour Energy is $28.99 for a pack of 12. This is actually quite a lot of money, since that almost equates to around the same, or even more, than what you would pay for a nootropic if you were to take one per day. However, even at that, we do not really recommend you take 5-Hour Energy every day since we believe that it might be quite intoxicating for your body, especially inconsideration of the side effects we experienced.


Conclusion: C+

5-Hour Energy is a great caffeine source that you may stack with your nootropic, but be wary of the problems that may occur due to its many side effects. However, that being said, if you aren’t taking it every day, it will still add a substantial boost to your regimen. Some people might benefit better from only taking half a shot daily, especially if you are getting caffeine from other sources as well. Its expensive price also brings it down a bit, and there is more that can be improved upon. Overall, we would recommend trying Nitroamp if you are looking for an energy supplement to stack with your brain pills.