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are five hour energy drinks every day bad for you?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Depends: Many of those drinks are high in sugar and caffeine, others are high in b vitamins. I'd avoid the first set, but the sugar and caffeine-free ones really aren't that bad for you. However, look at the ingredients closely as sometimes the chemicals are converted to things like caffeine.
Dr. Randy Burgett
Dr. Randy Burgett answered
General Practice 9 years experience
Yes: The problem with 5 hour energy drinks is the amount of vitamins they contain (8333% recommended daily intake of b12). This is an essential, water soluble vitamin that is excreted by your kidney. However, taking this much every day could lead to kidney failure or other effects from an excess of vitamin b12. Anything is toxic to your body in extreme amounts, even water and oxygen!

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