Is 5 Hour Energy Safe? My Troubling Review of the Silent Side Effects

by on Monday, August 8th, 2011

As I’m not a big fan of coffee, I thought I’d found a miracle in 5 Hour Energy. It’s a small bottle, comes in yummy berry flavors, and when I took it – it worked. Minutes after taking half the bottle, I could feel a difference. That’s the good news. Now, the bad news isn’t just that the tiny bottles go for about $2.00/pop (outrageous) but it’s the safety concerns that you should worry about. My 5 Hour Energy Review would be glowing (only 4 calories, no sugar, hours of energy!) if not for this one major flaw. The active ingredient kills brain cells. Every time you’re taking this drink, you’re agreeing to kill off more of your brain cells. Now, that is terrifying to me.

5 Hour Energy has the active ingredient of phenylketonurics aka phenylalanine.

Even when I researched this online I found a lot of stuff that said people shouldn’t worry about the phenylalanine in their diet sodas and energy drinks. But that’s not the truth. Unless you aren’t concerned about BRAIN CELL DEATH! Phenylalanine is a neurotoxin and it excites your neurons so much that they give you what feels like energy until they die. Nice, huh?

I truly wish this wasn’t just too good to be true. Especially since people say it might even help depression since it “increases production of brain chemicals, such as dopamine and norepinephrine.”(2) But then brain cells die off, and that’s got to be like a sugar crash, no?

If you have the metabolic disorder called phenylketonuria (PKU) then you already know that you cannot take products with this stuff. But if you take products with aspartame (Phenylalanine = 50 percent of aspartame) on a daily basis, you’re still harming yourself – slowly. “The excess glutamate and aspartate slowly begin to destroy neurons. The large majority (75 percent or more) of neural cells in a particular area of the brain are killed before any clinical symptoms of a chronic illness are noticed. A few of the many chronic illnesses that have been shown to be contributed to by long-term exposure to excitatory amino acid damage include: Epilepsy, Alzheimers, and Parkinson’s Diseases.” (4)

5 hour energy safety reviewsThere’s a reason that “all products in Australia, the U.S. and Canada that contain aspartame must be labeled: “Phenylketonurics: Contains phenylalanine.” (3)

I want this to be a great product, but the more you look into it, your safety is not certain. More than that, I need to take a look at how much (and what kinds of) Diet sodas I’m drinking. In moderation, it’s possible that Diet Sodas and Energy Drinks could be okay, but I wouldn’t risk my brain for it. Would you?

When it comes to 5 Hour Energy Dangers, this is surely one.

Sources:

  1. http://www.sweetpoison.com/phenylalanine.html
  2. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/phenylalanine-000318.htm
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenylalanine
  4. http://aspartame.mercola.com/

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