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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 307 Reviews
5 Star:64% 4 Star:14% 3 Star:3% 2 Star:4% 1 Star:12%
81% Recommend This Product
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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


Posted on Aug 10, 2023

MD ProPlant Complete Shake contains hemp protein

By James W., Hampton, VA, Verified Reviewer

After ordering, I could not use the MD ProPlant Complete Shake as it contains hemp. This is due to working in a job in the Nuclear Field with Fitness of Duty regulated by the Code of Federal Regulations:

10CFR26.185(j)(5) The MRO may not consider consumption of food products, supplements, or other preparations containing substances that may result in a positive confirmatory drug test result, including, but not limited to supplements containing hemp products or coca leaf tea, as a legitimate medical explanation for the presence of drugs or drug metabolites in the urine specimen above the cutoff levels specified in § 26.163 or a licensee's or other entity's more stringent cutoff levels.

Nevertheless, Gundry MD gave me a hassle-free refund after I discovered the inclusion of hemp protein and contacted them.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Protein content

Ease of mixing


Contains hemp protein

Lack of warning in the e-mail advertising that the product contains hemp, which is important for those working in the Nuclear Field that are subject to a Fitness for Duty Programs regulated by 10CFR26.

Lack of a disclaimer for Nuclear Field workers that they assume some risk (even if very small) of a positive drug test by consuming this product.

Posted on Aug 9, 2023

Hoping PPCS will help with "gaining weight"

By Kenneth S., Camp Verde, AZ, Verified Reviewer

So far, I love the taste. I make it with organic coconut milk with chia seeds. I'm hoping it will help me gain a little weight (I do not need to lose weight). Please tell me if this is possible.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons


Easy to make

Could give a little feeling of bloating, not sure at this point

Posted on Aug 9, 2023

Prefer vanilla instead of chocolate

By Diane M., Indianapolis, IN, Verified Reviewer

Prefer vanilla-flavored shakes in general. Not a fan of chocolate. Did not mix well. I prefer current supplements instead.

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

Chelate flavor

Doesn't mix well

Returned 2/3 containers

Posted on Jul 26, 2023

Tasty shakes

By Tony S., Phoenix, AZ, Verified Reviewer

So far, so good. Week 2 and I do feel reduced appetite after consuming. The chocolate flavor makes following the regimen easy.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons



Posted on Jul 14, 2023

Helping me on my weight loss journey

By Guy S., Nevada, Verified Reviewer

I am down to eating one meal per day at noon. I use the shake at 6 pm. I add blueberries and some psyllium husks to the mix.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Fills me up


Posted on Jul 14, 2023

Just started and plan for lunch weight loss…with MCT drink and both tastes great.

By Colleen B., California, Verified Reviewer

Tastes fine with just water, a surprise. Low calorie. I add a banana or blueberries as not good about eating fruit. It satisfies me for lunch. I am vegan so helps a bit with protein and is a good source.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons



Blends well in blender


Sales and marketing games

Maybe more protein better

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