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Chaser 5 Hour Energy Drink Review
A consumer review of the Chaser 5 Hour Energy Drink shot from Living Essentials including ingredient list and prices.

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5 Hour Energy Two Pack

 
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Ingredients, Supplement Facts

 

So out of curiosity I picked up a two pack of Chaser's 5 Hour Energy Drink at a CVS pharmacy.

Each 2 ounce bottle is one serving, contains only 8 calories and has approximately the same amount of caffeine as in a cup of premium coffee. (New formulation as of Oct. 07 has 4 calories.)

The shot contains 100mg of Vitamin C, 33mg of Niacin, 40mg of Vitamin B6, 400mcg of Folic Acid, 500mcg of Vitamin B12, and 10mg of Sodium.

5 Hour Energy also has amino acids & enzymes in an "energy blend" that includes Glucurolactone, N-Acetly, L-Tyrosine, L-Phenylalanine, Taurine, Malic Acid, Caffeine, Amlyase, Protease, Lipase, Cellulase, and Lactase. (Don't feel bad, I have no idea what most of those ingredients are either.)

My two bottles of Chaser 5 Hour Energy are the "Original Berry" flavor but they also have Lemon Lime, Orange, and the new "Decaf" variety (with Choline, only 6mg caffeine & no niacin).

The individual bottles were priced at $2.50, the two pack was $4.49, 6 packs range in price from $13 to $16 and the 12 packs are anywhere from $19.95 to $25.99 at various online retail websites.

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Directions
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Caffeine & Niacin Warning
I cracked open my first bottle for a work out at the gym and immediately noted that it smelled very sweet. The first tentative sip reminded me of warm children's cough syrup with an acidic bite and a sour aftertaste. It would probably be better chilled and I'm sure it was never intended to be drank slowly while savoring the flavor. Drinking the rest of it rapidly as a shot in one large gulp made the experience much more agreeable.

Within a few minutes I felt the tingling heat of a niacin flush as described on the back of the bottle where blood rushes to the surface of your skin. Caffeine usually takes about half an hour to kick in so by the time I arrived at the fitness center, I was fired up and ready to go.

I can't say that it lasted five hours but it definitely got me through an hour long work out session with energy to spare afterwards. I'm sure that 5 Hour Energy would last much longer for brain intensive activities such as late workdays, long business meetings, grueling school lectures, and all night cram study sessions rather than working out or sports.

Because of the high price per serving of 5 Hour Energy, I'll stick with taking a Men's One-A-Day multivitamin and then drinking green tea or an Emergen-C packet when I need some extra energy.
 

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