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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28 Consumer Reviews for ProPlant Complete Shake by Gundry MD

Average Consumer Rating: 4.5
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5 star: 21 4 star: 3 3 star: 2 2 star: 0 1 star:  2
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  • More energy

    • Williamsburg, VA,
    • Dec 11, 2018
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    This product delivers on its promise of more energy. Although I have not lost any weight, I will continue to use it because I feel more energetic and it tastes good. I make a shake with frozen fruits, Primal Plants, Vital Reds, and Prebiothrive.

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

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  • Good taste, slimy texture

    • Sedona, AZ,
    • Dec 8, 2018
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    The product tastes good when whipped up. The texture is a bit slimy. I cannot recognize specific results yet but will continue to consume once or twice weekly to provide a basis for evaluating health benefits.

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

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  • Pro Plant Complete Shake

    I have enjoyed taking Pro Plant Complete Chocolate Shake. I use it at breakfast time and take my vitamins along with it. I find I am ready for my day. Many days I have 2 or 3 eggs depending if my weight is up or down. I am enjoying it along with several of Dr. Gundrys' products. They are totally changing my health.

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

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  • Weight loss

    • Florida,
    • Nov 28, 2018
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    At 226 lbs, the doc says I'm obese and pre-diabetic. So, I decided to curb the carbs, eat healthier, and it worked, after a year I was at 202lbs. That's where I stalled, yea, I still had my weekly burger, wings, and beer once per week (I'm still a daily beer drinker, can't give it all up). Then I gave the ProPlant shake a try. Inside of 6 weeks, I started loosing from the 202 I was stuck at, I'm now 190lbs. I will say most of the reviews I read before my purchase are true. I'm a believer for sure. I was spending 3-5 bucks every morning at the store before work, I made the decision to afford this by no longer spending those few bucks every day. I have stuck to that too. It works!

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

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  • ProPlant Complete Shake mix by Doctor Gundry.

    • Tennessee,
    • Nov 27, 2018
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    ProPlant Complete Shake mix seems to be a great product. It makes me feel full, satisfied and content for quite a number of hours. It has a wonderful chocolate taste and 10 grams of protein per 12-ounce serving. I use it to supplement a snack or as a meal replacement. So far it is making me feel really well, and I look forward to seeing how well it burns my excess fat, too.

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

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  • Makes me feel great!

    • Utah,
    • Nov 27, 2018
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    My favorite part about ProPlant is that my tummy doesn't growl afterward like it does with other protein powder brands. Hidden "special power ingredients" tend to upset my stomach, unfortunately. While the price seems high, it really is worth the quality.

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

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  • Would not have thought it possible!

    • Madison, WI,
    • Nov 25, 2018
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    Since finding Dr. Gundry and The Plant Paradox my life has really taken a turn. I use Primal Plants, Vital Reds, PreBio Thrive, TriTrim and ProPlant Complete nearly every day. I am 79 and feeling the best ever in my life.

    Since changing my wicked ways, my sugar cravings are gone, my appetite is under control, I eat better than ever before and I can hardly contain my enthusiasm. I drive people crazy with all my new found information.

    I have lowered my A1C and am still working on that, I have lost weight, but still more to lose, I am enjoying eating my new plan and I know I can accomplish my goals.

    I could go on and on but long story short, I am so grateful for Dr. Gundry's curiosity and caring. Thank you Dr. Gundry. You are the Go-To Guy.

    Jan Dullea

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

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  • It tastes great! I make a blenderful everyday…

    • Corpus Christi, TX,
    • Nov 23, 2018
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    It keeps me on track with my diet so I Don chest I’ve lost 5 pounds in two weeks and I have more strength energy and less pain in my joints. I just need to keep it going through the holidays!

    It keeps me on track so I don’t cheat. It tastes great so I don’t need anything else sweet and I’ve been able to stick to the eating plan. I’m on phase two. I have lost 5 pounds in two weeks which is good for me because my metabolism is super slow.

    I just need to keep it up through the holidays and I’ll have it made. I honestly don’t think I could stay on this diet without this shake. I also have more energy. I feel better with less joint pain. It works!

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

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  • ProPlant Complete Shake

    • Santa Clarita, CA,
    • Nov 23, 2018
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    I've been using ProPlant Shake since it came out, over a year now. I mix it with all the Gundry powders, coconut milk, organic spinach that I've frozen, an avocado, and organic frozen blueberries and take all my vitamins and Gundry supplements. I'm in amazing health at 63 and family and coworkers say I've got amazing skin and never age. Yay!

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

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  • Just thought you should know

    • Nevada,
    • Nov 23, 2018
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    Dear Dr. Gundry, I'm a 57-year-old male who has recently experienced a problem with any type of processed food. I've been to several doctors & specialists who have not been able to give me a diagnosis. I have lost 30 pounds and am down to 132 pounds. It seems that when I eat any food that is processed it causes me to vomit uncontrollably throughout the night. Sometimes this will last several days in a row.

    When I viewed the video online I thought this could be a product that might help me. I made the order and was amazed at how quickly it arrived. I think the ProPlant is an excellent product that I use every day. I do not use it as a substitute for a meal, I use it in addition to my meal with the goal of trying to gain weight.

    My only concern was during the check-out process on the website. I wanted to try 3 of the ProPlant 22 oz. containers, but as I navigated to the checkout area of the website, it kept bringing back and asking me if I wanted to purchase 6 containers at a better price. Because I was a first time user of ProPlant, I thought I should start with 3. When I received my order, there were 6 in the box. I thought there had been a mistake.

    What had happened is somehow I had hit the button for 3 containers 2 times. Because I like the product so much I did not complain or write to the company. However, since I did purchase 6 containers, I wasn't sure I received the proper discount for buying all 6 at the same time. It seemed that it was 2 separate purchases with a discount for buying 3 at a time? I'm sorry I did not save my receipt so I do not have my order number.

    Thank you for reading my review. To me, ProPlant has been nothing short of a lifesaver. I use it every day and sometimes twice!

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

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  • Enjoy the taste, it is a great snack.

    • Waxhaw, NC,
    • Nov 23, 2018
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    As I said great taste, good as a snack instead of junk food type snacks. When I run out of it, which I won't anymore hopefully, I really miss it. It seems to give me that extra energy that I have been missing during the day.

    If I get the munchies at night, instead of eating something I'll just mix that up and sip it and while my cat watches me very curiously and closely. I think it helps me sleep because it makes me feel full as well.

    I feel better than I have felt in quite a while. I enjoy all the other products as well. In the morning I use Vital Reds, Primal Plants, and Energy Renew. I also enjoy the Heart Defense and take some of my prescription pills I'm still taking for my heart problem. I, however, do not take any more pain products for my arthritis and that's a plus and I can attribute that to all the stuff I'm taking that I've ordered such as peak mobility.

    I also use PrebioThrive in the morning before eating. But back to the ProPlant Complete Shake, I'm just very very satisfied with it. That's all I can think to say at the moment because I use it everyday and get a move on most of the time these days without even taking a nap as I am going on 67!

    So, with my heart disease as part of my life, these products have helped immensely! Thank you so much!

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

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