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Gundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake

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4.2

283 Customer Reviews

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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

4.2 Stars out of 283 Reviews
5 Star:68% 4 Star:12% 3 Star:3% 2 Star:3% 1 Star:12%
84% Recommend This Product
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Posted on Feb 16, 2021

Not what I was hoping for, confused on my body intake

By Vandetta L., Atlanta, GA, Verified Reviewer

My experience was totally different! Of course, I was so excited after researching and reading about this shake. Once that arrived I made my first shake after my workout. I felt completely bad, nauseous, head hurting, stomach ache, and light-headed. I wasn’t sure what the problem was! But I figured this is the newest thing in my diet so it had to be what it was. Didn’t want to believe it so I waited and made another maybe 3 days later with coconut milk and the same exact feeling hit me! But this time I threw up, I was completely shocked, I really wanted this product to work for me. Does anyone have any suggestions? I have 4 bottles and I don’t want them to go to waste. Please help! Maybe it’s something I don’t know that can help me!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Taste

Chocolate

Easy to use

Made me nauseous

Headache

Threw up

Company Response from Gundry MD

Feb 16, 2021

Hi Vandetta, I'm so sorry you had this experience with our ProPlant Complete Shake. As always, we ask that our customers consult their physician to ensure that our formulas are the right fit for them. We understand that our products may work well for some but not others, which is why we will always honor our 90-day money-back guarantee. I've gone ahead and escalated your concern to our Customer Relations team. Please keep an eye out for an email from them regarding your order. If there are any other questions or concerns, my email is aria@gundrymd.com.

Posted on Sep 17, 2020

Not drinkable! Absolutely gross consistency.

By Paula P., New Zealand, Verified Reviewer

It’s the most terrible shake I’ve ever come across! So bad that I’ve had to throw it out. It’s not like a shake at all. It has the consistency of glue. Absolutely revolting! Highly disappointed. How this product can be marketed as a shake really makes me angry. A total waste of money.

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

The consistency is not that of a shake at all

It’s like glue

Not drinkable

Helpful Review? 9 People Have Voted

Posted on Aug 19, 2020

Best I've tried

By Greg T., Huntington, IN, Verified Reviewer

I was skeptical about trying another shake and being dissapointed in a thin chalky mess. What a great surprise. It was deliciously chocolate and the thickness reminded me of brownie batter.

It filled me up and gave me energy throughout the day.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Taste

Thickness

Effects

No “cons” were specified in this review

Helpful Review? 5 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 25, 2020

ProPlant Complete Shake

By John A., Sydney, Australia, Verified Reviewer

It is early days for me having just received my product The taste is great, the results are instant regarding hunger control. The sweetener is not a very good aftertaste.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

The first thing I notice is it stops hunger

The taste is great except for the Stevia

The Stevia is really an after taste, not nice but bearable

The artificial sweetener is really overpowering

I suggest you change the Stevia for a little sugar

Helpful Review? 5 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 24, 2020

Still early days but definitely worth trying

By Glenys R., Richmond, New Zealand, Verified Reviewer

Feel lighter in my stomach and don't feel hungry.

Very healthy product. Would like to see some reduction in my measurements but maybe too early at this stage.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Very easy to mix and drink

Lovely and chocolatey and healthy

No horrible after taste

No “cons” were specified in this review

Helpful Review? 3 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 23, 2020

Excellent shake

By Randall M., Salisbury, MD, Verified Reviewer

I am really enjoying both the flavor and the satiety of the Gundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake. I highly recommend this product.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Taste

Filling

No “cons” were specified in this review

Helpful Review? 2 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 22, 2020

Filling but not heavy

By Nicole K., Greensboro, NC, Verified Reviewer

I started using this product about 3 weeks ago and love how it gets me through to lunchtime without issue. I don’t feel as hungry throughout the day and tend to eat less at dinner. I’m not a chocolate fan normally but this has a great taste and I’ve been drinking it 5 days a week.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Easy to use, mixes well

Keeps me full

I know it’s good for me

I wish it came in vanilla

Helpful Review? 3 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 21, 2020

Great shake breakthrough

By Walton W., Santa Maria, CA, Verified Reviewer

The shake has done everything Dr. Gundry stated it would do. I substitute it for my lunch meal 4 to 5 times a week. Tastes great, do not feel hungry the rest of the afternoon, and I have more energy. I finally dropped below 237 pounds which I had been stuck at for months.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Tastes great

Satisfies hunger

Easy to make

Takes a lot of stirring to get the powder to dissolve, but great exercise

Helpful Review? 4 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 21, 2020

Heal your body!

By Robert P., Tennessee, Verified Reviewer

I have severe acid reflux and used to spend most of the day stressing over the side effects of GERDs. My whole digestive tract feels relived when drinking the ProPlant...helps with controlling bloating and inflammation. I feel so much better digestive wise and it helps control appetite.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Tastes great

Consistency nice and thick

It’s very healthy

Have to use less with a hand shaker bottle

Helpful Review? 7 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 21, 2020

Feel great, losing weight

By Jeff F., Boulder, CO, Verified Reviewer

Have been doing the shake for about a month and I feel great. Feel lighter, stronger, don't get winded, and am losing weight. From 200lbs to 185lbs. I'm 75 years old and was feeling like I was on a slippery slope to decline. Now I feel like I have a lot of life to live.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

It works

Easy

Tastes great

Had to buy a lot of product to get discounts

Helpful Review? 8 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 15, 2020

Very good

By Colleen O., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Verified Reviewer

The flavor, chocolate, is excellent. It's very rich and creamy and very delicious. The consistency of the shake becomes very thick quite quickly so I experimented with different amounts of liquid, I use 1% milk, and soon found the optimum combination of liquid to powder. I also discovered that it's best to drink the shake right away after mixing it as it becomes thicker if I let it sit. This is the reason why I gave it less than an excellent rating, otherwise, I am very pleased with the ProPlant shake powder!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Flavor

Powder dissolves quickly

Satisfies my appetite for a long time

The consistency becomes too thick if it isn't drunk immediately

Helpful Review? 7 People Have Voted
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