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Gundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake

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Gundry MD advertises their ProPlant Complete Shake as a worry-free way of maintaining energy, managing unhealthy cravings, and supporting a healthy heart. Science does back up the claims but there are some drawbacks.

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Gundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake Reviews - Is It Hype or Legit?

By Anthony Dugarte, M.D., C.S.C.S

Updated on: May 20, 2020

What Is ProPlant Complete Shake?

ProPlant Complete Shake from Gundry MD is a supplement that allegedly improves 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 need to mix two scoops of ProPlant Complete into the beverage of your choice.

Can you achieve all of these benefits—including weight management and whole-body health—by drinking a once-daily shake like ProPlant Complete?

This article addresses the efficacy of its ingredients, safety, and whether it's the right supplement for you.

The Importance of Protein for Good Health

Proteins are macromolecules that are comprised of long amino acid chains. There are 20 amino acids in total, and 9 of these are essential and must be obtained from your diet.

Proteins have a hand in virtually every chemical reaction in your body. They play large roles in functions like chemical signaling, immunity, and muscle function.

Exactly how much protein do you need? The answer can vary depending on who you ask.

The American Dietetic Association's (ADA) recommends obtaining about 0.36g/lb. of bodyweight from a well-balanced diet. This ratio is often much higher for those in athletic competition; bodybuilders, powerlifters, and other athletes can consume protein at more than 2x their bodyweight

As protein is available from both plant and animal-based foods, the question remains - is taking a plant-based supplement an advantage?

Ingredients and Scientific Support

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 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.

Based on the ADA's recommendations, a 175lb adult would need 60-65g of protein daily, whereas an athlete at this same weight may consume 2-3x more.

As your ProPlant Complete Shake contains just 20g, the vast majority of your protein must come from your diet even if you're not in competition.

In one study, the effects of 24g of pea were compared to whey protein before and after strenuous exercise. Over 2-months, pea and whey protein supplements produced similar outcomes for body composition, muscle thickness, force production, athletic performance, and strength.

Low dietary protein intake is associated with age-related muscle loss. In elderly individuals, plant-based protein was even better than animal sources at preventing 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.

The other purported benefits of ProPlant Complete are not well-supported. Fiber may affect appetite, though the available evidence for this action is mixed at best.

On the other hand, research supporting plant-based protein's ability to build muscle, enhance strength, improve performance, and prevent age-related declines are ample.

Are There Any Possible Side Effects?

Protein supplements are generally low-risk. You're already obtaining this macronutrient in most of the plant and animal-based foods in your diet.

The adverse effects of consuming too much protein are rare. Our bodies don't use excess efficiently, however. If too much is present, your kidneys, bones, and liver can be negatively affected.

Signs you've consumed too much can include dehydration, stomach pain, nausea, headaches, or diarrhea.

Speak to your physician before making drastic alterations in your diet to minimize the risk for harm

What Does It Cost?

ProPlant Complete is available only at the GundryMD website; here, you'll pay:

  • 1 Jar: (41.34 oz, enough for 20 servings): $69.95
  • 3 Jars: $188.85
  • 6 Jars: $353.70

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.

What Are the Alternatives to ProPlant Complete?

There are a number of brands that similarly intend to offer a convenient protein supplement for those who opt for vegan or vegetarian diets.

Vega is one such example. They offer a line of low-calorie, high-protein pea-based protein powders. Some are also bolstered with vitamins and minerals. You'll spend around $100 on their site for about 45 servings.

Similar comprehensive blends seem to fall somewhere in between the pricing for ProPlant Complete and Vega. Supplements that don't include vitamins and minerals, as well as those that offer fewer servings, may be one way of saving money.

You can also obtain plant-based protein naturally from foods like corn, broccoli, lentils, spinach, and peas.

The Bottom Line – Is This the Right Option for You?

Plant-based protein supplements such as ProPlant Complete are backed with science that has demonstrated their ability to offer muscle and strength related benefits. The other claims made by Gundry MD are less clear.

Despite its high cost, ProPlant Complete also has stellar customer reviews, here on HighYa as well as elsewhere online.

Some of the financial risk is relieved as the company stands behind ProPlant and all of their other supplements with a 90-day money-back guarantee (less return S&H charges).

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

You won't save by opting for other similar formulations, though purchasing a plant-based protein that lacks the vitamin and mineral content and ranges between 20-30 servings won't drain your bank account.

The harm of protein supplements is minimal, though not impossible. Limit the risk by speaking with your doctor.

Customer Reviews

4.1 Stars out of 313 Reviews
5 Star:63% 4 Star:15% 3 Star:4% 2 Star:4% 1 Star:12%
80% Recommend This Product
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Posted on Feb 10, 2024

Hasn't changed my bowels

By Paul S. , Sparks, Nevada

Has not changed my bowels at all, I do not feel any difference. I'm on my second jar and still don't feel any difference. Hopefully, by the end of this, something will change, but so far no difference. I'm not saying it's a bad product, it's just so far not working for me.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Chocolate flavor is great

Don't see any difference

Posted on Dec 30, 2023

I thought the protein amount would be 20 grams rather than only 10 grams.

By J C. , Beach Haven, NJ

I find myself getting hungrier earlier than before when my protein shake was 20 grams of protein.

Flavor and texture are acceptable, though I find I cannot add additional flax seed as in the past, otherwise it goes right thru me, which has been a major problem.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons



Easy breakfast

Not enough protein

When I answered responses on Facebook, no one got back to me

Sometimes contents cause an urgency to eliminate

Posted on Dec 27, 2023

It's okay, but its flavor needs help

By Sean N., Scottsdale, AZ, Verified Reviewer

It does give me a boost in energy and does seem to quench my appetite once I have it all down. I would be using this every day if it tasted better and actually completely dissolved when I mixed it up in my shaker container. I mean I have tried shaking it vigorously to try and get it to completely mix in almond milk, but it still leaves small bits behind. I have to actually mix in a teaspoon to a tablespoon of chocolate syrup to get the taste to where I can drink it.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Fills me up

Boosts my energy a bit


Doesn't completely mix into liquid

Posted on Dec 27, 2023

Good product, could use more protein per serving

By Jesse P., New Orleans, LA, Verified Reviewer

I find the shake to be delicious. I am currently experimenting with 2 scoops vs 1. One is what is recommended but there is only 10g of protein per serving. This is why I am using 2 scoops for 20g of protein. The consistency with 2 can be close to pudding. The consistency with 1 is just right.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Clean ingredients

Taste is great

Nourishment post workout

Only 10g of protein per serving


Posted on Oct 28, 2023

Handy source of useable protein

By Michael B., Illinois, Verified Reviewer

Tastes great and is satisfying for the next hour or so. I find I need more food after that and I'd like for the shake to feel more like "a meal".

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons


Easily digested

Hungry again after 1 hour

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Posted on Oct 27, 2023

Not sure what it is to do for me

By Dale M., Bartlett, TN, Verified Reviewer

I use the product 3–5 times per week. Lately, I have been using it almost every day. I mix up a shake generally mid-morning.

It is relatively easy to blend in a blender. I tried a shaker but couldn't get a good mix. Even in the blender, it is a little gritty but tolerable.

The chocolate taste is okay but not great. I mix it in 8 oz. of cold water in a blender.

I am 81 (will be 82 in December) and walk and exercise 30 minutes or more a day. I am very active in doing yard work, house work and taking care of grandchildren (6 and 8 years old). I lift weights as well 3–4 times a week. I don't notice any difference as of yet by using this product.

I am hoping that I will have more strength and improved sleeping. My recovery is the same as before taking this product.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

The chocolate taste.

It is gritty and not smooth.

Not sure what it is to do for me.

I can't point to any difference in my condition.

Posted on Oct 1, 2023

Thank you.

By Melanie V., St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, Verified Reviewer

Hello Dr. Gundry,

One year ago, I began experiencing severe heart palpitations. Along with that, I was also experiencing severe constipation. I have had every test under the sun. Apparently, there is nothing electrically wrong with my heart. As time went by, the heart palpitations became less intense but the constipation was a stressful, ongoing issue.

I changed my diet, which I really thought was good in the first place, and upped my water intake. Gluten is not my friend. I discovered that years ago, so I do not ingest it.

I decided to give acupuncture a try. It lessened my symptoms, but I knew I had to do something more.

I realized over time that I had to deal with the anxiety that I was experiencing. I started back on Keto coffee (decaf) using MCT oil and Ghee. I noticed a change almost immediately. Then, I received your ProPlant Complete Shake and began drinking it every morning. That was the game changer. As long as I stick to my diet and drink your shake, I am good to GO!

I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for your products, and thank you especially for caring so much about humankind. Your passion for what you do every day is making a difference for so many.

Once again, thank you. I could never say it enough.


Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

It helps me to GO!

I love the deep dark, chocolate flavor.

It tastes great with coconut milk and definitely has staying power until my next meal.

No “cons” were specified in this review

Posted on Oct 1, 2023

May be beneficial, just not to my taste

By Betty T., Montville, OH, Verified Reviewer

I love chocolate; however, the taste of MD ProPlant Complete Shake is something I cannot drink on a daily basis. I will have to take things that come in capsules. I am going to have to return this product.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

No “pros” were specified in this review



Posted on Sep 12, 2023

Good flavor.

By Glenn H., South San Francisco, CA, Verified Reviewer

Flavor was very good. Not sure if it works, but good taste.

Length of Use: 3–6 months

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

Pros and Cons


Could not tell if it works

Posted on Sep 12, 2023

Didn't like the taste

By Deanna H., Wausau, WI, Verified Reviewer

The taste is the number one reason why I didn't like the chocolate-flavored shake. Maybe another flavor would be better. I also tried the recommended smoothy recipe on the product and it still was not very pleasing to my taste.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

I was not able to give this product enough time to see results because the flavor was not what I had expected,

I did not like the flavor of the chocolate shake.

Posted on Sep 10, 2023

Great results after one month

By Keven L., Fort Wayne, IN, Verified Reviewer

Started using the ProPlant shakes one month ago. I have been replacing my lunch with a shake about 6 days per week. Food cravings are way down, and I have dropped about 15 pounds thus far. The only downside has been bouts of constipation. At first, I thought it was because I was eating so much less, but I now think it is about what I'm eating (or not eating). I'm not overly concerned and will definitely continue with the shakes.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Weight loss

Reduced cravings


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