5-hour ENERGY® Shot Ingredients

What’s in a 5-hour ENERGY® shot?

So, 5-hour ENERGY® shots give you hours of energy and a feeling of alertness but what’s in a 5-hour ENERGY® shot exactly? Read on for a brief description of each 5-hour ENERGY® ingredient.

What Vitamins Are In a 5-hour ENERGY® Shot?


This 5-hour ENERGY® ingredient can also be found in a wide array of foods including fortified cereals, beans, meat, poultry, fish, fruits and vegetables, Vitamin B6 plays a key role in the production of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. Vitamin B6 is used in the creation of DNA and is involved in over 100 crucial chemical reactions in our bodies. It also helps form nearly all new cells in our bodies.


Vitamin B12 is involved in a variety of important bodily functions including the production of amino acids and the processing of carbohydrates into energy.

Niacin (Vitamin B3)

Niacin plays a key role in converting fats, proteins, carbohydrates and starches into usable energy.* This 5-hour ENERGY® ingredient can also be found in food sources including: meat and dairy products, leafy vegetables, broccoli, tomatoes, avocados, nuts and whole grains.

Energy Blend


Citicoline is a water-soluble compound essential for the synthesis of phosphatidyl choline, a constituent of brain tissue. Citicoline plays a role in neurotransmission and can help support brain function.*


This 5-hour ENERGY® ingredient is an amino acid that transmits nerve impulses to the brain.  Tyrosine is found in meat, dairy, fish and grains.


Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid that enhances alertness.* It’s found in dairy products, avocados, legumes, nuts, leafy vegetables, whole grains, poultry and fish.


This ingredient is a naturally occurring chemical substance present in meat, fish and dairy products. Taurine can be found in the white blood cells, skeletal muscles, heart and central nervous system of human adults. Taurine plays a role in digestion, and is used to process potassium, calcium and sodium in the body, as well as maintain the integrity of cell membranes.*

Malic Acid

Found naturally in fruits (especially apples), Malic Acid is synthesized by the body during the process of converting carbohydrates to energy.


A natural metabolite found in the human body, Glucuronolactone is produced by the metabolization of glucose in the liver. It has been shown to reduce sleepiness*.


Regular Strength 5-hour ENERGY® shots contain caffeine comparable to a cup of the leading premium coffee. Extra Strength 5-hour ENERGY® shots contain caffeine comparable to 12 ounces of the leading premium coffee. Caffeine provides a boost of energy and feeling of heightened alertness.*

5-hour ENERGY® Safety


Phenylketonurics: Contains phenylalanine. NOTE: 5-hour ENERGY® does not contain aspartame. This warning is for people with the genetic disorder phenylketonuria only.

Large amounts of vitamins

The vitamin levels in 5-hour ENERGY® shots are within safe limits.  The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) is the minimum daily amount set by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine.

Niacin flush

A small percentage of people are sensitive to Niacin (Vitamin B3) and may experience a “Niacin Flush” (hot prickly feeling, skin redness) that lasts a few minutes. This is caused by Niacin increasing blood flow near the skin. Niacin flush can be easily avoided by taking half a bottle of 5-hour ENERGY® at a time.

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