High Impact Plant Protein Review - Does It Actually Work?

By Anthony Dugarte, M.D., C.S.C.S
Published on: Feb 28, 2020

What is High Impact Plant Protein?

Tony Horton's High Impact Plant Protein from Power Life is a supplement that helps support muscle strength and recovery.

During exercise and other strenuous activity, your muscles are damaged at the cellular level - you may notice this as soreness. During the recovery process, your muscles repair themselves, allowing for the ability to come back even stronger.

Many things may influence recovery; dietary protein may help expedite this process. Protein supplements are widely available, though Tony Horton may offer one that differs from most.

High Impact is a protein supplement that contains a blend of plant-based ingredients that allegedly do more than just support muscle recovery.

According to his website, High Impact also supports digestion, reduces gas and bloating, and increases energy. The supplement is intended for those concerned with age-related muscle loss, as well as those interested in boosting strength and muscle performance.

Can one supplement offer so many benefits?

In this article, we’ll help you determine if there is any merit to Tony Horton’s claims by reviewing the scientific support for High Impact’s blend of ingredients.

The High Impact Ingredients: Do They Work?

To use High Impact, simply mix one scoop in 80z of water or your favorite smoothie. In addition to 100% of your daily value of Vitamin D, each scoop of High Impact contains:

  • Vegan Protein Blend - 15g (Pumpkin, Sunflower, Flax, Mung Bean, Yellow Pea)
  • Chromium
  • AlgaRich Vegi-P55 Chlorella
  • Ca HMB
  • Digestive enzymes (Prohydrolace)

Some of the ingredients listed above have been included for benefits other than those related to supporting muscle recovery.

Chlorella is a nutrient-rich algae that is often considered to be a superfood. Among its many alleged health effects, it may offer antioxidant capabilities. Chlorella boosted antioxidant enzymes in smokers.

Prohydrolase is an enzyme responsible for protein digestion. It is often included in protein supplements to promote the absorption of nutrients and improve digestion.

In a recent study, 250mg of prohydrolase did not add to the muscle-building capability of a whey protein supplement when compared to placebo. More research is needed to fully characterize the role of this enzyme in muscle strength.

As the bulk of High Impact’s benefits are supposedly due to the vegan protein blend, the focus of our research will revolve around this topic.

So the question is, do plant-based proteins offer better results than traditional animal-based protein supplements?

Plant-Based vs. Animal-Based Protein

For adults, the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8g protein/kg body weight daily. Athletes are often instructed to take in 2-3x this amount.

In a 185lb individual, The RDA would be around 70g of protein, whereas the suggested intake for an athlete may approach 170g each day.

As High Impact offers 15g per scoop, keep in mind that the majority of your protein must come from your diet. They also recommend consuming after a workout - this practice seems to be supported by research.

Their vegan protein blend is intended to support healthy muscle development. While High Impact has not been specifically studied, there are a number of studies that compare plant to animal-based proteins.

One study compared the consumption of 24g of pea or whey protein before and after strenuous activity. Over 8-weeks, pea protein produced similar outcomes to whey for body composition, muscle thickness, force production, exercise performance, and strength.

Low dietary protein intake can result in age-related muscle loss. In elderly subjects, plant protein was actually better at guarding against this loss.

In a review of 9 studies, soy protein was found to produce similar results in terms of muscle mass and strength when compared to animal-based sources of protein.

More work is needed to determine prohydrolase’s ability to improve protein digestion and absorption. However, there is enough evidence to demonstrate that plant-based proteins are comparable to animal sources in building muscle, enhancing strength, improving performance, and preventing age-related decline.

Is High Impact Safe?

Protein supplements are generally safe to use; this macronutrient is readily available in many of the plant and animal-based foods we consume.

Athletes and those that regularly engage in various forms of physical activity routinely double the RDA for protein.

Though protein toxicity is rare, our bodies don’t use excess efficiently. When too much is present, your kidneys, bones, and liver can be negatively affected.

Signs that you’re consuming too much protein may include dehydration, stomach pain, nausea, headaches, or diarrhea.

Speak to your physician before making drastic alterations in your diet.

The Cost

High Impact is currently only available from Tony Horton’s website.

It is offered in chocolate or vanilla and ships free at the following prices:

  • $69.95 for 1 jar
  • $188.85 for 3 jars
  • $353.70 for 6 jars

While you’ll save the most by purchasing 6 jars, keep in mind a single jar contains 15 servings. You’ll need 2 to get you through the month.

They also back every purchase with a 90-day guarantee. To process your return, call 855-462-2496 or email support@mypowerlife.com.

Are There Any Alternatives?

Plant-based nutrition has been gaining popularity over the last few years. Thus, there are many brands offering vegan protein blends.

A simple internet search will reveal the many options available.

Vega is a good example. They offer low-calorie, high-protein pea-based supplements packed with vitamins and minerals. Plan to spend about $100 on their site for about 45 servings.

While this is a pretty hefty price tag, it is still more cost-effective than High Impact.

You can also obtain your plant-based protein naturally. Corn, broccoli, lentils, spinach, and peas are all nutrient and protein-dense options.

The Bottom Line

While High Impact is a relatively new product, the concept of supplementing plant-based protein has been around for a while. There is plenty of evidence supporting most of Tony Horton’s claims.

High Impact and similar products are generally safe to use. Consuming excess protein rarely leads to serious adverse effects though too much can negatively affect your bones, kidney, and liver.

Also, keep in mind that these supplements should not be the focus of your diet. Obtaining foods naturally allows you to benefit from the fiber and nutrient content from what you consume.

High Impact is relatively expensive compared to many available products. Shopping around may lead you to a more cost-effective brand.

Lastly, remember to speak with your physician before making drastic changes to your diet.


Customer Reviews

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  • 41 Customer Reviews
  • 68% Recommend This Product
3.8 out of 5
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  • My thoughts

    • By Steve V.,
    • Tucson, AZ,
    • Sep 15, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    Love this light protein powder that mixes well in a shaker bottle, without the clumps you would get with other protein powders. The added algae is a benefit as well.

    Regarding the price for the servings, at least make it to 20-25 servings. I know the added benefits, but realistically there is a market for those folks who really can’t afford the price. Especially at times like today.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Clean whey protein, no fillers, no upset stomach, etc.
    • Vanilla flavor tastes great, mixes well with frozen and non frozen fruits
    • The added MYHMB and Algae D3, no other brands have this to my knowledge
    • Price for the servings.
    • Need different flavors. I’m a big fan or Vegan Strawberry Shakeology.
    • The added GUM, if there could be more of a cleaner additive. Vega Protein made Simple protein as no GUM!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Whey protein

    • By Tiffany B.,
    • Delaware, OH,
    • Sep 13, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 3–6 months
    Overall Experience:

    I’ve been taking the whey protein for a few months now and the first thing I noticed is a huge decrease in stomach discomfort. I used to take Syntha 6 on a regular basis and loved the taste but always had stomach discomfort throughout the day. I’m a 45-year-old mom of 3 kids, my youngest being 3 years old. I do all my workouts at home and have been able to maintain a bodybuilder's body for several years now. Although I like to maintain quite a bit of muscle I have noticed my body leaning out while on this product. People always ask me if I compete and that’s a plus.

    Pros and Cons:

    • No bloat
    • High quality ingredients
    • One scoop per shake
    • Taste is ok but I usually have to mix in a little extra taste
    • Price a little high for how often I use it
    • Containers too small

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • It makes a difference

    • By Nicolas F.,
    • Basel, Switzerland,
    • Sep 12, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    Your protein is very effective in the sense that I actually feel more energy when I take it (which is quite amazing).

    And I am glad there is no Stevia inside nor Sucralose or any other far spread alternative to sugar.

    Thank you!

    Pros and Cons:

    • Effects
    • Ingredients
    • Dosage
    • Taste

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Love it!

    • By Sherry S.,
    • Corona Del Mar, CA,
    • Sep 11, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    I’m almost 57 and had been suffering from a few aches and pains, especially in my knees.

    Miraculously after using this product my knees haven't felt better! I have more energy throughout the day and my workouts are pain-free! Love this product, I’m also taking the high impact endurance supplement. Bravo Tony Horton!

    Pros and Cons:

    • It works
    • Grainy consistency

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • High Impact Plant Protein rocks!

    • By Frank S.,
    • Jenkintown, PA,
    • Sep 10, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    Used it for two months now. And after one month a brutal workout that left me sore for days only leaves me sore for 12 hours. I'm 51 years old and I can really notice a difference.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Quick muscle recovery
    • Strength gain faster
    • Less muscle soreness
    • Grittiness if not blended well
    • Not as filling as Shakeology
    • Too little amount for the money

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • I find my energy level is up from where it was a 6 weeks ago

    • By Gene B.,
    • Highlands Ranch, CO,
    • Sep 9, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    I take the protein shake with water usually, on occasion will make a smoothie. Do it every morning, then often go for a mountain bike ride. I'm 68 and male. I believe I have more energy than I had before, seemed like I was tired a lot. I work out 5 days a week and stretch/exercise 7 days. It seemed as I got older I was more tired. I try to eat well and watch what I eat, but I also eat things that I like and are probably not the best for me. I'm 6 feet and weigh 175 so stay in fairly good shape.

    Pros and Cons:

    • More energy
    • Less aches and pains
    • Not a lot of calories and tastes good
    • A bit expensive compared to other similar products

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • I'm definitely feeling better

    • By Heather P.,
    • Marietta, GA,
    • Sep 8, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    I am going to be completely honest with you. I am 52 years old and my body ached getting out of the car after driving anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. I started taking BioTE pellets that balance my hormones, CBD high dosage, Keto dieting, and now Tim Horton's plant protein. I'm going to continue with this regiment because I feel 80% better.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Easy to mix
    • I feel like it's helping
    • No “cons” were specified in this review

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Amazing

    • By Edwardt T.,
    • Shelton, CT,
    • Sep 4, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 3–6 months
    Overall Experience:

    On March 16 I weighed 188. I always walk, I take Lipitor (was still at 238), so I tried your product, got my weight down to 170 and my Lipitor number went from 238 to 151. Unreal, my friend. I could not believe it. I have more energy, lean muscle, and while we're still in lockdown from the virus, I just feel better overall. Thank you, God bless you and your family. Stay safe. One more thing, I'm 63 years old.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Easy to take
    • It works
    • You get to choose two flavors
    • It's not too expensive
    • Maybe the jars can be a little bigger

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Great taste

    • By Glenn L.,
    • Bristol, PA,
    • Sep 2, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    Easy to use/mix. Noticing a difference in how I feel. I take either as a breakfast meal with frozen fruit and greens, and cold protein/vitamin coffee. Or as possible workout recovery with water or coconut milk.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Taste
    • Mix
    • No “cons” were specified in this review

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Great product

    • By Natalie G.,
    • Minnesota,
    • Sep 2, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    Love the plant-based protein! Great quality and price per meal. Taste is good, better blended with fruit, but can drink on its own.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Quality
    • Price
    • Taste
    • Taste

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Recovering from a calcaneus displaces fracture, on my way of feeling like I used to before my accident

    • By Cristina C.,
    • Budd Lake, NJ,
    • Sep 1, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    In October 2019 I fell from a ladder and broke my left calcaneus. I am a 73-year-old female in very good health and no underlying issues, but when in March 2020 I was allowed to start bearing my weight on my left foot I could see what a toll not being able to walk, etc. for months had taken on me.

    I remember the stiffness I experienced when I got out of bed.

    I have just started my 3rd jar of High Impact Plant Protein (30+ days) and the change is amazing. I get out of bed and start my day effortlessly. I have used the pandemic to take care of my house (in lieu of going to the gym that never appealed to me), I have almost an acre of land, so I’ve been busy keeping it in shape. I have also repainted my deck and cleaned she sidings of my house, etc., etc.

    Also, because I am home, I am able to eat healthier and have lost 15 lbs!

    I am extremely happy to have discovered High Impact Plant Protein.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Its effectiveness
    • It is tasty (sorry, I use non-fat milk to create my drink)
    • Easy to prepare (recommend the use of a blender)
    • No “cons” were specified in this review

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


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