Decaf 5 Hour Energy?

Decaf 5 Hour Energy is also from the makers of the popular 5 Hour two ounce energy shot.

They are notorious for never listing caffeine amounts (hidden in a proprietary blend).

However, they do state that “5-Hour Energy contains caffeine comparable to a cup of the leading premium coffee.” Whatever that means. We were able to nail down the caffeine here.

But Decaf 5 Hour?

They have now released a decaf 5 Hour Energy (see more) that contains “only 6mg of caffeine -­ about as much as half a cup of decaffeinated coffee.”

So the question here is: how does the decaf version “provide hours of alertness and focus” – without caffeine or any other stimulant?

They Say…..

According to their website:

Like original 5-hour ENERGY® Decaf 5-hour ENERGY® contains B-vitamins and amino acids plus Choline. It is vital to the production of neurotransmitters in the brain that affect memory, intelligence and mood. Choline is present in eggs, soy and meats.

B-Vitamins for energy? That’s stretching it surely, at least in the short-term.

B Vitamins and amino acids would help with having higher energy levels in general, but they do not deliver an immediate boost like caffeine does.

I guess people do believe it works because after several years Decaf 5 Hour Energy is still for sale.

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  • pmrogers27

    Companies will never stop marketing these energy drinks and other novel “food” products with claimed health or lifestyle benefits, so long as there are gullible consumers willing to lap them up. The pro-bacteria yoghurt drinks is a classic one..they make all kinds of claims for those. They’re just massively over-priced cultured milk drinks loaded with sugar. You can get a healthy intake of good gut flora by eating healthy foods like sauerkraut, miso, bananas, asparagus, garlic and onions.

  • pmrogers27

    I studied human nutrition at university-level and it’s highly unlikely the consumption of isolated B vitamins at this level and in this format, would have any significant effect on energy levels (or anything else for that matter). B-complex vitamins have to be taken in combination at properly balanced levels for optimal absorption. Synthetic vitamins, such as those added to drinks or foods like this, are never as good as vitamins in their natural state in real foods. Take vitamin C. There’s many products out there which are fortified with it like cold products and drinks etc. But there’s no subsitute for eating foods rich in vitamin C, such as berries and citrus fruits. They contain a broad spectrum of other plant chemicals and metabolites, including flavonoids, that help the body better utilise and absorb vitamin C.

  • pmrogers27

    I agree, simple sugar is a very harmful and overlooked substance when it comes to dietary health. Diabetes (especially type-II) is on the increase (especially in children). There’s a clear link between sugary foods (all supermarket foods and convenience foods are unnecessarily loaded with sugar, because it’s a cheap additive that makes foods more appealing). Sugar deprives the body of nutrients, as it’s breakdown in the body actually requires nutrients and so it interferes with the absorption of micro nutrients and effects energy levels producing the “sugar rush” effect. You get an instant energy release but the cost is high on the body. You’re left feel tired as the body is tied up fully metabolizing the sugar molecules. There’s also evidence it can result in an addiction-like psychological effect, a craving for sugary foods or so-called “sweet tooth” is often an indicator. One of the best things you can do for your health, is to avoid simple sugars. I did it some years ago and have never looked back. Things taste much better without sugar, tea and coffee especially. If I drink a tea or coffee with even 1 sugar in it, it’s yuck. I think how can anyone possibly enjoy this sickly sweet taste, it’s vile and ruins the flavour of anything.

  • pmrogers27

    Decaf is indeed misleading. Many people think these products contain absolutely no caffeine, which is a legitimate belief when you see “de-caffeinated” on a product. However, many such products contain up to half the amount of caffeine as the normal products. There’s no clear guidelines or market regulation on what “decaf” means and the food industry has been left to its own devices on labelling pretty much. I think these products should be forced to state how much caffeine is in the product, and show how that compares to the regular versions, if there is one, so people can decide if the higher price is worth it.

  • pmrogers27

    Absolutely right Sarah.

    The body is not a machine. You can’t just dump 100% RDA of a synthetic micronutrient into your body and expect it to be utilised and think “ok i’m good now for my x vitamin intake today”.

    That’s not how it works.

    The body requires a constant intake of small amounts of micronutrients with other supporting micronutrients to allow proper and optimal absorption. This is especially the case with Vitamin C, as humans are the only mammals that can’t produce it themselves. Vitamin C is vital to a healthy immune system and prevents a massive range of diseases, but people don’t get nearly enough of it. The RDA of 60mg daily for an adult is wholly inadequte. Studies have shown that constant intake has a beneficial immune system boosting effect and it also helps clear the body of free radicals which are linked to diseases like cancer. The fact Vitamin C is vitamin C water soluble, readily excreted from the body and non-toxic even in single mega doses of up to 5,000-10,000mg would suggest that some people might benefit from more Vitamin C than the 60mg RDA for optimal health.

  • pmrogers27

    Caffeine has a stimulating effect on the CNS, the sickness you both describe is likely to be a side effect caused by the sudden release of adrenaline into the bloodstream. This effect is often much more pronounced in people who suffer with anxiety bad nerves, or other underlying health disorders such as an overactive thyroid. If you’re already a bag of nerves, and then you release a load of adrenaline ontop of that, you’re not going to feel very well at all. That’s why some people say they feel jittery, very anxious and sick when they take caffeine at certain times.

  • pmrogers27

    I’m thinking exactly the same. It’s utter bollocks to be blunt, to suggest this product or anything like it, can produce the effects people are describing here of being fully awake and alert all day long. I’m not saying the intake of B vitamins won’t have any positive effect, but any effect is likely to be minimal at best. You wouldn’t notice anything, vitamins just don’t work like caffeine or sugar, the way people are describing them here. The effects from vitamin intake are subtle and often occur over a long period of time. That’s why when you’re deficient you often won’t show reversal signs of deficiency for days, weeks and even months after you begin an intake regime.

  • pmrogers27

    B-complex vitamins are used to support and regulate the brain and body’s energy levels. However, the clue is in the name “complex”. You can’t take them isolated and have sudden mega energy released. A healthy daily intake of B-complex Vitamins should come from eating a healthy a balanced diet which contains B-complex vitamins. One of the best sources is oats. So porridge or oatmeal is a good start to the day, oatmeal snacks or flapjacks, are good too, but watch out for the sugar-loaded ones..it’s healthier to make your own and use fruit sugars to sweeten.

  • pmrogers27

    Interesting. What you’re describing sounds exactly like the side effects of Vitamin B toxicity. Yes guys, B-complex vitamins taken in higher doses can be toxic and produce side effects as Michelle has indicated.

  • pmrogers27

    Surely it’s cheaper to take a vitamin B-Complex supplement, eat some oats and drink fruit juice, than buy this stuff everyday?

  • syntechx

    It’s all about the placebo factor. Mind over matter.

  • Albert

    I’ve used Decaf 5-Hour Energy as well as the regular kind. The regular ones are much more powerful, but the decaf does work to an extent as well. Usually within 30 minutes of drinking it I do feel more alert, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to more energy though, I’m just not as mentally tired, but I tend to still be physically tired if that makes sense. It would probably be good for a desk job since they require more mental focus than physical exertion.

  • agdoren

    from my personal experience people are self medicating various fatigue disorders with these energy drinks, this is why they work for some and do nothing for others.

  • I’m a med student with depression (go figure). Had severe depression since I was a kid.
    I have deficient dopamine production. Having done my research (actually reading the literature) I ended up with B6, citicoline, l-tyrosine, l-phenylalamine over the counter.
    Take home message: These supplements that I just listed are precursors for dopamine or they’re required to convert the precursors into dopamine. When you take these supplements however, your brain gets to decide what to do with these building blocks. If you already have enough of those building blocks to produce and maintain the proper dopamine stores, then your brain will say “nope, already have a normal amount of dopamine stored, I don’t need that.”
    If you already have enough dopamine, because you have normal brain functionality, these supplements don’t do anything because they don’t actually release dopamine, they just produce it when your brain says you need more.
    Things like caffeine, amphetamines, etc act on the dopamine stores themselves to release dopamine into your brain, this is what causes the energy rush (additional dopamine getting into your synapses). The reason 5 hour energy works so well is because when the caffeine releases the dopamine and the building blocks are there in numbers to keep pumping out the dopamine instead of running out.
    For people like me, who are deficient in these building blocks, and thus deficient in dopamine, when I take these supplements my brain says “finally we can make some more dopamine”, makes the dopamine, realizes I’m deficient and sends the dopamine to my brain. Thus, because I’m deficient in dopamine already, my brain uses those precursors to produce more dopamine, and then it is released since I’m deficient. This causes the same effect as caffeine would for a normal person.
    It should be noted that I’m not releasing more dopamine than you’re releasing normally, but for me it’s a massive energy boost because I’m going from being extremely tired due to lack of dopamine to having a normal amounts of dopamine.
    Moral of the story: This product will work great to provide you more energy ONLY IF you are deficient in precursors necessary to create dopamine. If you already have appropriate dopamine stores, your body will use the the supplements to make other things or just excrete them.

  • JamesF

    How did you diagnose that you were deficient in dopamine?

  • James Collings

    I’m extremely sensitive to caffeine. I also have the nasty one-two of reflux and insomnia. This stuff works adequately to get me functioning when I need to but not enough to keep me up at night. If you aren’t sensitive to caffeine and you have a tolerance built up, I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t notice any effect but I do. It’s not the same as caffeine for sure but something is better than nothing. Hey, maybe I have your dopamine issue?

  • James Collings

    Reminder: Every body is different. Some people can get waisted from sniffing beer bottle caps.

  • Rickcdjr

    Great information thanks.

Last Modified: July 21, 2014