Update 3/4/20. I was at a convenience store recently and noticed there is a new kind of 5 Hour Energy out there. It's called 5 Hour Energy With Protein! Besides the protein, I also noticed the bottle is bigger too. It's been a while since I looked at 5 Hour Energy so in this review, I'll look at the ingredients in 5 Hour Energy With Protein, compare it to the original version and along the way, try to help you decide if it is right for you. Also, see the review of the original 5 Hour Energy for more information.
5 Hour Energy With Protein Ingredients
Here is the Nutrition Facts label for 5 Hour Energy With Protein. A serving is 6 oz and that is what is contained in each bottle:
|Nutrient||Amount Per Serving (6 oz)||Percent Daily Value|
|Total carbohydrate||3 grams||<1% DV|
|Sugars||< 1 gram||N/A|
|Niacin (Niacinamide)||30 milligrams||150%|
|Folic acid||400 micrograms||100% DV|
|Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine Hydrochloride)||40 milligrams||2000% DV|
|Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)||500 micrograms||8333% DV|
|Phosphorous||335 mg||34% DV|
|Sodium||15 milligrams||<1% DV|
|Potassium||10 milligrams||<1% DV|
|Energy (Blend Consisting of the following)||1870 milligrams||N/A|
|Taurine||amount not given||N/A|
|Choline bitartrate||amount not given||N/A|
|Malic acid||amount not given||N/A|
|N-acetyl-L tyrosine||amount not given||N/A|
|L-Phenylalanine||amount not given||N/A|
|Cicitoline||amount not given||N/A|
The label on the bottle also tells us that 5 Hour Energy With Protein also has these other ingredients too:
- NPRO, (a combination of whey protein isolate and potato protein isolate)
- Natural and artificial flavors
- Phosphoric acid
- Sodium bicarbonate
What Is NPRO?
The letters NPRO is short for “energy protein.” Its a name given to a proprietary blend of whey protein isolate and potato protein isolate. The NPRO ingredient a product of a company called Socius Ingredients LLC. Their website is SociusIngredients.com.
So why potato protein?
In the review of the supplement called, IdealShape, a potato extract called “Slendesta” was listed and touted for weight loss. The potato protein in 5 Hour Energy is not the Slendesta potato extract.
See the Ideal Shape review for more information.
What Are The Sweeteners?
The sweeteners in the supplement are provided by natural and artificial flavors and sucralose (Splenda). What are the natural and artificial flavors? Not sure. Most supplements – and foods – don't disclose information on artificial and natural flavors.
How Does It Compare to Regular 5 Hour Energy?
Here is how 5 Hour Energy With Protein compares to regular and extra strength 5 Hour Energy. I tried to make this table as easy to understand as I could. I used berry flavor for the comparisons.
|5 Hour Energy With Protein||5 Hour Energy (Regular Strength)||Extra Strength 5 Hour Energy|
|Serving Size6 oz||Serving Size 1.93 oz||Serving Size 1.93 oz|
|Total carbohydrate 3 g (<1% DV)|
|Sugars < 1 g|
|Protein 21 grams|
|Niacinamide 30 mg (150% DV)||Niacinamide 30 mg (150% DV)||Niacinamide 40mg (200% DV)|
|Folic acid 400 mcg (100% DV)||Vitamin B6 40 mg (2000% DV)||Vitamin B6 40 mg (2000% DV)|
|Vitamin B6 40 mg (2000% DV)||Folic acid 400 mcg (100% DV)||Folic acid 400 mcg (100% DV)|
|Vitamin B12 500mcg (8333% DV)||Vitamin B12 500mcg (8333% DV)||Vitamin B12 500mcg (8333% DV)|
|Phosphorous 335 mg (34% DV)||Sodium 18 mg (<1% DV)||Sodium 18 mg (<1% DV)|
|Sodium 15 mg (<1% DV)||Energy Blend 1870 mg consisting of the following:||Energy Blend 2000 mg consisting of the following:|
|Potassium 10 mg (<1% DV)||1. Taurine||1. Taurine|
|Energy Blend 1870 mg consisting of the following:||2. Glucuronic acid||2. Glucuronic acid|
|1. Taurine||3. Malic acid||3. Malic acid|
|2. Glucuronic acid||4. N-acetyl-tyrosine||4. N-acetyl-tyrosine|
|3. Malic acid||5. L-phenylalanine||5. L-phenylalanine|
|4. N-acetyl-tyrosine||6. Caffeine 200 mg||6. Caffeine 230 mg|
|5. L-phenylalanine||7. Citicoline||7. Citicoline|
|6. Caffeine 200 mg||Other Ingredients found in product:||Other Ingredients found in product:|
|7. Citicoline||1. Purified water||1. Purified water|
|Other Ingredients found in product:||2. Natural and artificial flavors||2. Natural and artificial flavors|
|Water||3. Sucralose||3. Sucralose|
|NPRO (see above for more on NPRO)||4. Potassium sorbate||4. Potassium sorbate|
|Natural and artificial flavors||5. Sodium benzoate||5. Sodium benzoate|
|3. Phosphoric acid||EDTA||EDTA|
Looking over this table, a few things worth noting:
- 5 Hour Energy With Protein has 100 calories. The other versions are calorie-free.
- The serving size is different. Remember, 5 Hour Energy With Protein is a bigger bottle.
- The protein version has the same amount of caffeine (200 mg) as regular 5 Hour Energy.
- The “Energy Blend” in the protein version is the same as regular 5 Hour Energy.
- The protein version has some phosphorous.
- Extra Strength 5 Hour Energy has 230 mg of caffeine.
How Much Protein in 5 Hour Energy?
Each 6 oz bottle of 5 Hour Energy with Protein provides 21 grams of protein. The protein is provided by a combination of whey and potato isolates. This is the NPRO ingredient I mentioned above. Because it contains whey, it's quite possible 5 Hr Energy might
also have some branch chain amino acids (BCAAs). How much I do not know.
How Much Protein Do You Need?
The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for protein is about 0.4 grams per pound. While this will meet the needs of most healthy people, there may be some who need more. The amount of protein best for you can vary according to many things such as:
- You're age
- Exercise status (beginner vs. non-beginner)
- Exercise intensity
- Exercise type (cardio vs. strength training)
Studies often show a range of protein of about 0.6 to 0.9 grams per pound appropriate for those who are healthy and exercise regularly. This is just a little bit above the RDA (0.4g/lb).
So what's that math look like?
Lets assume you weighed 180 pounds and wanted to eat 06 grams per pound
180 X 0.6 = 108 grams of protein per day.
If you're eating 3 meals a day then this comes to 36 grams of protein per meal
How Many Calories?
The 5 Hour Energy With Protein has 100 calories per 6 oz bottle. The calories come from the protein. The regular and extra strength both have zero calories.
Who Makes 5 Hour Energy?
The company is called Living Essentials LLC and it is located at 38955 Hills Tech Drive. Farmington Hills, MI 48331. If you google this address, you will see a large building that says “Living Essentials,” so that is good.
Googling the address also reveals another company called Innovation Ventures, LLC. According to this Bloomberg article, this is another name for the company.
The Better Business Bureau did not have a rating when the review was updated. It previously was an A. See the BBB file for updates and more information.
Does Vitamin B12 Give You Energy?
Many energy drinks I see provide a lot of vitamin B12. As can be seen from the comparison table above, all versions of 5 Hr Energy are proving over 8000% of what nutrition experts say we need.
Why do energy drinks do this?
As I pointed out in my review of vitamin B12 and weight loss, there is a myth out there that vitamin B12 gives us energy. That's why it's in energy drinks. Truth be told, it will give us energy – if we are deficient in this nutrient. But, if we are not deficient, it doesn't do this. In fact, most people already have a couple of years' worth of B12 stored in their bodies. While there are always exceptions, I don't think most healthy people are lacking in B12.
So, if vitamin B12 is not what gives people energy, what then is the active ingredient in 5 Hour Energy?
See the next section…
What's The Active Ingredient?
The key ingredient in the supplement is caffeine supplement. As proof, notice the Extra Strength version has 230 mg of caffeine while the regular 5 Hour Energy and Protein version have 200 mg. The extra caffeine is basically the only difference between the 3 versions of this energy shot.
For more, a more in-depth review of caffeine labeling see this report.
5 Hour Energy vs. Frog Fuel
Frog Fuel is another protein-infused energy supplement. Frog Fuel contains 10 grams of protein and 80 mg of caffeine per gel pack. See the Frog Fuel review for more on that supplement.
5 Hour Energy Side Effects
So is the supplement bad for you? Energy drinks are controversial. If your going to use them here are some things to think about:
- Start with less than recommended for the first week to see how you respond
- Avoid if you're sensitive to caffeine
- Think about the other things you consume that also have caffeine
- Consuming too close to bedtime may interfere with sleep
- Talk to your doctor if you have heart or blood pressure diabetes or kidney issues problems
- If your pregnant or nursing, talk to your doctor first
- Stop at least 2 weeks before you have surgery
- If you take any medications, ask your doctor.
Several deaths linked to energy drinks. For more info see:
See the original 5 Hour Energy review for more insights.
Is 5 Hour Energy Right For you?
Does 5 Hour Energy really work? It probably does because the key ingredient is caffeine. If you think you need more protein, there are less expensive ways to get it.
Here it is on Amazon to check it out for yourself
What Do You Think?
since this has protein mentioned I have a question for you.
Have you done any research on what supplement/ protein powders etc. that may be the better one to give a complete day of protein?
I read that a runner should have between 70 -110 grams of protein with a good balance of BCAAand EAA
I run 3 miles a day weigh 160 and usually get around 70 per day
included in that 70 is a protein powder that has 20 grams of protein and does not have all the EAA in it.
with that amount of running, I do not want to lose any muscle but I am not using it to gain weight or muscle either
I am on a plant-based diet with very little meat and when I do it is grilled chicken but usually only once a month
all other nutrients are pretty much good per day
as always thanks for all you do to help all of us with the knowledge of what is good for us.
Joe Cannon says
Hi Tony, the RDA for protein is about 0.4 grams per pound. Since you weigh 160 pounds, your RDA would be 64g per day. Im pretty sure you are getting more than this already. I know there are amino acids in plants and you are also getting essential fatty acids too (EAA). I would not worry about branch chain amino acids (BCAAs) (the BCAAs are leucine isoleucine and lycine). Studies show protein is better at building muscle than individual amino acids. I believe your diet is already providing enough BCAAs.
I don’t think running 3 miles per day would be enough to cause you to break down muscle protein especially if you are eating enough calories.
Do you think you are losing muscle?
My issue is getting enough calories
I am between 1500-1700 a day
Sometimes depending on situations, I get down to 1300
Don’t think I’m losing muscle but want to make sure I stay where i should be
My protein per day is in the 70 range and mostly from plant-based foods
I watch my carbs and fat content in them and sometimes I am full but probably should get more calories
Weight is consistent at 155-160 since changing this diet 2 years ago
Joe Cannon says
Tony, If your weight has stabilized (you’re not losing or gaining weight) and you dont notice you are weaker, then you may have found the sweet spot. I would say 1300 calories is not a lot for a physically active person. Generally 1700 is more what Id feel would be appropriate. Do you feel like you are weaker than you were a few months ago?
overall I feel really good.
most of my cholesterol numbers are good
I have a blood sugar spike from time to time but my A1C was 5.1
I have a friend that started using life moringa and loves it.
What do you think of that supplement.
thanks again !
I don’t think I am losing muscle
I range from 1500- 1700 calories per day but sometimes I am as low as 1300 because of a busy day and feeling full with my diet.
Since changing to a plant based diet 2 years ago my weight has been 155-160 consistently
just making sure I am getting enough so to keep muscle and not lose
The mango peach one is delicious and didn’t give me any ill effects.
Brandi, good, I’m glad 🙂
I asked my daughter to pick me up some 5-hour energy & she brought home two bottles with Protein berry flavor instead. When I sipped it there was a bubble gum taste but the after taste was horrible, I wanted to barf. I will definitely not buy the protein 5 hour again!
Hi Lanakila, thanks for sharing. I don’t think I’ve tried that flavor.
My husband got explosive diarrhea from 5 hour energy with protein. He drinks regular 5 hour everyday, but the 5 hour with protein caused nausia and diarrhea. This is not a good thing when starting out on a 12 hour car trip back home from work.
Wife, so sorry to hear that! I appreciate you sharing and hopefully your husband got better quickly.