About ProPlant Complete Shake by Gundry MD

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff Published on: Aug 2, 2018

Each chocolate-flavored serving of ProPlant Complete Shake by Gundry MD contains 20g of plant protein, along with a blend of fiber, to “support optimum tissue repair, appetite regulation, and fat metabolism.”

Together, the company claims you’ll experience improved energy, reduced cravings, increased fullness after meals, stronger muscles and bones, a more balanced mood, boosted energy, and supported heart, brain, and eye health.

The Gundry MD website advertises you simply need to mix two scoops of ProPlant Complete into the beverage of your choice and enjoy. When consumed regularly, we’re told most customers report a different within a few days, while for others it may take two to three weeks.

Can you really achieve all of these benefits—including weight management and whole body health—by drinking a once-daily shake like ProPlant Complete? This is the central question we’ll help you answer in this article.

The Importance of Protein for Good Health

In addition to carbohydrates and fats, protein is a macronutrient that Neil Osterweil explains is broken down by the body into amino acids.

Then, these amino acids are used by every cell in the body to “build and repair tissues” and to “make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.” They’re also “an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood,” he says.

Based on the current Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) guidelines, Healthline reports the average sedentary woman needs about 46 grams of protein per day, while the average sedentary man needs about 56 grams per day.

However, this is only to prevent deficiency, and your specific protein needs could be much higher, depending on “activity level, age, muscle mass, physique goals, and current state of health.”

This is where powdered dietary supplements like ProPlant Complete come in, by boosting the amount of protein available to the body. But, is the fact that it’s plant-based an advantage?

Animal vs. Plant-Based Protein

A different Healthline article reports that, compared to animal-based protein (such as whey), plant proteins are typically incomplete, in that they don’t contain all of the amino acids necessary for muscle rebuilding, etc. So, from a sheer biological perspective, animal-based proteins most closely match what’s found in your body.

On the flip side, Kedist Tedla at the American Council on Science and Health reports that food-based animal protein sources (especially processed meats) can significantly increase a person’s risk of mortality. However, much of this concern is alleviated when it comes to protein powder supplements since many of the harmful substances are no longer present.

ProPlant Complete Shake Ingredients and Nutrition Information

Each ProPlant Complete Shake contains 240 calories, with 70 grams of fat (1.5 g of saturated fat) and just one gram of sugar. Additional ingredients include:

Protein 20 g, Thiamin 0.6 mg, Riboflavin 0.2 mg, Niacin 4.6 mg, Vitamin B6 0.3 mg, Folate 82 mcg, Calcium 140 mg, Iron 11 mg , Phosphorus 585 mg, Magnesium 420 mg, Zinc 5 mg, Copper 1.2 mg, Manganese 3 mg, Sodium 190 mg, Potassium 600 mg.

Important: You’ll notice there’s no protein source listed above (other than the fact that it’s obviously plant-based). None of the Gundry MD customer support reps we spoke with during our research could provide additional insight and only stated that it’s proprietary information.

Nonetheless, we already discussed that your protein needs depend on important factors like activity level, age, muscle mass, physique goals, and current health. It’s much the same with many of ProPlant’s other ingredients, which are often dosed based on age and gender.

From a high-level perspective, though, each of these ingredients represents between about 10% and 200% of the daily dietary reference intake (DRI) for adults. As a result, to ensure you’re not ingesting too much on a regular basis, be sure to have an in-depth conversation with your doctor, who might need to order the appropriate blood work in advance.

Could Gundry MD’s ProPlant Complete Cause Side Effects?

Along these same lines, the Gundry MD website emphasizes that ProPlant “was formulated for maximum all-natural purity, [so] it should be effective and safe for daily use for the vast majority of people,” However, they emphasize that you’ll want to make an appointment “with your physician before using any supplement.”

How Much Does ProPlant Complete by Gundry MD Cost?

If purchased on the main GundryMD.com website, customers will pay:

  • 1 Jar (41.34 oz, enough for 20 servings): $112
  • 2 Jars: $200 ($100 each)
  • 3 Jars: $285 ($95 each)

On the other hand, if ordered from the company’s TheProteinParadox.com micro-site, prices drop considerably to:

  • 1 Jar: $49.95
  • 3 Jars: $134.85 ($44.95 each)
  • 3 Jars: $254.70 ($42.45 each)

All orders come with free shipping, as well as a 90-day money back guarantee, less return S&H. Customer support can be reached at (800) 852-0477.

How to Choose Between ProPlant Complete and Other Protein Powder Supplements

According to Grand View Research, as of 2016, the global protein supplements market was valued at $12.4 billion, which they estimate will show “significant growth” through 2025 as a greater number of consumers continue adopting healthy lifestyles.

As a result, it might not come as much as a surprise that there are perhaps thousands of different protein powder formulations available online, as well as at just about any brick and mortar store with a supplements section.

When searching for one, Bodybuilding.com’s Clayton South recommends focusing on options that include essential amino acids like “tryptophan, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, valine, isoleucine, leucine,” as well as a mix of branch-chain amino acids (BCAAs).

Clayton points out that the protein source is important as well, especially when it comes to plant-based supplements. Why? In most instances, plant protein—whether ProPlant Complete or a third-party brand—is considered incomplete, since it doesn’t contain all of the essential amino acids found in animal-based sources.

For example, Healthline explains that brown rice protein is generally considered an inferior source, since it’s “too low in lysine,” as is hemp protein. On the other hand, pea protein “has been shown to promote fullness and increase muscle growth as effectively as animal-based protein sources” in limited studies.

As a result, if you’re looking to gain muscle or lose weight, they point out that whey or casein protein powder might work best. On the other hand, vegetarians and vegans focused on plant-based options might want to explore those that include a variety of sources, including pea.

While protein source, what you’re looking to accomplish, and dietary restrictions might be your top three factors to consider while you’re exploring protein powders, when it comes to the manufacturer, other important factors include:

  • Do they support their claims with clinical evidence?
  • Do they stand behind their supplements with at least a 30-day refund policy, with reasonable S&H charges and no restocking fees?
  • Do they come with mostly positive online customer feedback?

Is Gundry MD’s ProPlant Complete Shake the Right Option for You?

Gundry MD has been in been in business for several years and has released many popular supplements in that time, including Vital Reds, Primal Plants, Prebiothrive, and Total Restore, to name just a few. They also come with exceedingly high customer reviews, here on HighYa as well as elsewhere online.

The company stands behind ProPlant and all of their other supplements with a 90-day money back guarantee (less return S&H charges) and no restocking fees.

It’s important to balance these positives with the fact that we’re not told what the supplement’s protein source is, despite several calls to customer support. So, depending on your preferences, it might not contain all of the essential amino acids you need.

Finally, at as much as $112 per jar (about $5.60 per serving), if ordered from the main Gundry MD site, ProPlant Complete is the most expensive protein supplement we’ve encountered to date. As a result, if you’re going to place an order, we’d recommend doing so from their TheProteinParadox.com URL, which offers significantly lower prices.

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48 Consumer Reviews for ProPlant Complete Shake by Gundry MD

Average Consumer Rating: 4.4
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  • It's working

    • Woodbridge, VA,
    • Feb 20, 2019
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    Although we took a two-week vacation with another trip coming up next week, the product is easy to bring along and continue using when out of town. The most important aspect of the product for me is that it suppresses my hunger and prevents my constant grazing while feeling pleasantly filled with a nutritious product.

    My weight has dropped around 10 lbs after using 1 and 1/2 of the 20 scoop containers. Looking forward to future success and trying a couple more of Dr. G's products. Thanks.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

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    • Rochester, NY,
    • Feb 17, 2019
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    Mixed my first shake according to directions. It very quickly thickened to a consistency somewhere between pudding and snot! Although the taste was nice, the texture was repulsive.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Feb 19, 2019

      Gundry MD Customer Support ., Customer Advocate, Gundry MD

      Hi Cheri, I'm sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the texture of ProPlant. Some of our customers have seen success by using some more water to thin out the mixture. If you have any questions, please email me at aria@gundrymd.com and I'd be happy to assist you.

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  • ProPlan chocolate shake

    • Raleigh, NC,
    • Feb 16, 2019
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    I have been taking the shake for almost a month now. I like the chocolate taste and texture is good. Coconut milk made it too sweet so I just mix it in my Ninja with water. I like to add a litte Greek yogurt and a few ice cubes too. It keeps me full for about 3 hours or so. I do feel a little better since taking it. It doesn't replace coffee for me, however.

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

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  • ProPlant Shake

    • Bellingham, WA,
    • Feb 15, 2019
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    The product has helped my digestion and intestinal health greatly. I have been combining the shake with Vital Reds, Primal Plants and Energy Renew as my morning drink, along with a cup of coffee and have all the energy I need for the day until dinner since I’m following intermittent fasting. Highly recommend!

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  • ProPlant Complete Shake is awesome!

    • Austin, TX,
    • Feb 5, 2019
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    ProPlant Complete Shake has essentially replaced a meal for me (lunch). I'm completely satisfied for 3-4 hours, and of course, it is helping with weight loss. I either mix with water or 1/2 coffee and water. LOVE IT!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

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    • Jacksonville, FL,
    • Feb 2, 2019
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    It has really improved my gut. My bowels are very regular and I feel great. First time in a long time. And I have only been using it for less than two months. Skin feels better too. And I am a senior citizen.

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

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  • ProPlant Complete Shake

    • Missouri,
    • Feb 2, 2019
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    Dr. Gundry and staff,

    This is really tastes good. I love it with frozen blueberries!

    I also put in my probiotic from Gundry.

    I use this once a day and I am feeling better, even in the middle of winter when it is so cold. I get up and do things that I wouldn't normally do in the winter because of the cold.

    Thank you, I will be ordering more, keep me in mind for any specials, thanks.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Good but needs different flavors

    • Stillman Valley, IL,
    • Jan 22, 2019
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    The product has definitely had a very positive impact on my digestive system. My bowel movements are no longer sporadic and rushed but very controlled and regular. I also have much more energy but seem to be having more trouble staying asleep. I'm taking on projects I would never have considered before.

    Although the chocolate flavor is ok, I would much prefer a vanilla option. I would also prefer a product with no sweetener (Stevia Blend) as I always make my shakes with frozen fruit (raspberries, blueberries) to add sweetness.

    In closing, I wish you would provide a vanilla option with no sweetener! I will be looking for this type of product when I run out of your product.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Yummy

    • Minnesota,
    • Jan 20, 2019
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    I really like this shake. It's delicious and filling. I can drink it plain or sometimes I add an avocado...I use coconut, flax, cashew or almond milk.

    It helps to keep me regular as well, which is a plus since I have had issues with that all of my life.

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

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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Awful

    • North Carolina,
    • Jan 18, 2019
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    First of all, this is not a shake. I used ONE scoop with 10 oz H20 and blended it. Besides tasting horrible, this stuff stuck to the bottom of my blender and I couldn't get it out without a great deal of work!

    I will be returning this non-blendable terrible tasting stuff. BTW, why don't they use monk fruit instead of Splenda!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Jan 18, 2019

      catherine t.

      Are you SURE he uses Splenda? If he does, I will be returning all of my order. If it does, I would question whether he really knows about all the ingredients in his shake.

    • Jan 18, 2019

      Gundry MD Customer Support ., Customer Advocate, Gundry MD

      Hi Lynda, my name is Aria with Gundry MD. I'm sorry to hear that you had difficulty mixing our ProPlant Complete Shake! Our customers have shared that they have seen success mixing the powder in their morning smoothie or using a blender bottle. I also recommend adding some more water to help mix the powder. If you do want to move forward with the refund, please email me at aria@gundrymd.com and I will get that process started for you right away.

    • Jan 18, 2019

      catherine t.

      Dr. Gundry, from Dr. Mercola's site:

      "The featured review also concluded that sucralose destroys gut bacteria. (In fact, animal research8 published in 2008 found it could kill as much as 50 percent of your microbiome.)

      This is very important, as anytime you destroy healthy intestinal bacteria, you open yourself up to unfriendly micro-organisms that can cause health problems. Your immune system, which is imperative for general health, is dependent on healthy gut flora, so the idea that this artificial sweetener may destroy up to half of all your healthy gut bacteria is disconcerting to say the least.

      Worse yet, sucralose appears to target beneficial microorganisms to a greater extent than pathogenic and other more detrimental bacteria. And remarkably, according to one study, these adverse effects on gut microbiota remained even after a three-month-long recovery period..."

      I have your books and respect you but am quite dismayed.

    • Jan 22, 2019

      Steve W.

      Do you have plans to produce a vanilla flavored product? Also, will you remove the sweetener?

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    ProPlant Shake

    I take the Shake every morning when I'm here alone and eat a regular breakfast if my boyfriend comes in for a weekend. I didn't know if I should take the Shake more than once a day so I haven't done it. It has been very filling so I do miss dinner once in a while until later in the afternoon, then eat a small supper. So far I haven't lost any weight but am not to worried as I have a very slow system.

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

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