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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  • Great Choc Smoothie

    • Mt. Pleasant, SC,
    • Jun 13, 2019
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    I decided to try ProPlant Complete Shake because I wanted to use Dr. Gundry's suggestion of substituting it for 3 or 4 dinner meals to see if I could drop a few pounds. I also wanted to replace the Pea Protein formula that I was using, as ProPlant contains more protein. I have managed to lose a couple of pounds - at least keep my weight consistent - so will do it for a couple more weeks to see what results I have. Even if I don't continue with the dinner substitution, I will definitely be using it once or twice a week for my breakfast meal.

    I add a banana, 1 cup of almond milk and ice to make a big shake - love the chocolate taste! Thanks for another great product.

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

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  • Towards great health

    • Florida,
    • Jun 13, 2019
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    I have been using ProPlant Shake daily for over 3 weeks now, after doing Dr. Gundry's 3 days cleanse. As a pretty healthy 64-year-old woman, I read Dr. Gundry's book The Plant Paradox and was astonished by the amount of research he presents. A bit overwhelmed maybe but determined to improve my health as much as possible. I have used his ProPlant Shake either at lunch or early dinner. I like mine sometimes with avocado and sometimes with baby kale, baby spinach, and 1/4 cup of organic frozen blueberries. I have struggled with my weight since I can remember and lived on a permanent YoYo. I told myself that from now on, health was my goal and if I lost any weight, it would be a bonus. I am ecstatic that I have lost already 3 pounds, and I know that the ProPlant Shake has been a big part of these results. I love the taste and the flexibility to carry it with me when I can't carry a full meal. I intend to continue using it as part of my way of life towards total health.

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

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  • My view on the ProPlant Shake

    • Michigan,
    • Jun 13, 2019
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    I find that the power is better when mixing in just plain water. And the taste is also better.

    Am not really a huge fan of the shake, sorry doc, only because I don't care for chocolate too much, but it does help in meal replacement.

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

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  • Positive change

    • Marietta, GA,
    • Jun 12, 2019
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    I have been drinking Dr. Gundry protein shake for about a month now. I’m feeling better and I’m slowly losing weight. When I started I weighed 192 pounds today I’m at 187 pounds.

    I feel better and I’m not craving sugar as much! Overall I'm eating healthier and feeling great, thank you Dr. Gundry!

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

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  • Very happy with the shake

    • New York,
    • Jun 12, 2019
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    I almost completed my first order and have my new container of shake in reserve. I definitely don't feel hungry after having my shake as it is very filling and is rich and thick like an ice cream shake would be. I sometimes put in 1/4 avocado since I use the shake as my dinner. Just delicious.

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

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    Excellent results

    • Bangor, PA,
    • Jun 12, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My husband and I are taking it daily and getting great results. I feel great and he has lost 12 lbs and no longer has these debilitating daily headaches he has been suffering with for 2 and 1/2 years since he had a bilateral dissection of his carotid arteries. We are never hungry and no longer have the need to snack on things unnecessarily. We are very happy with the results, to say the least. My only question is...when are you going to offer it in vanilla flavor? My only complaint is that it is so chocolatey that it hides the flavor of most of my fruit that I add - even Nut Butters. Please offer vanilla flavor soon! I am ordering 6 more cans today! Thanks for such a great product. We have already shared it with friends!

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

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  • Got better

    • Oregon,
    • Jun 12, 2019
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    I didn't care for it at first. But I tried mixing it with protein greens, coconut, coconut milk and water and the taste is much better. I am a bit concerned about the sugar content, but I guess that's to be expected?

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

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  • Appetite curbed and losing weight

    • Pittsburgh, PA,
    • Jun 12, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Gundry MD’s ProPlant Complete Shake is doing wonders for my weight loss plan. It curbs my appetite and, for the first time, I feel free from the temptations of cookies and donuts people bring to work. I can eat less at lunch now and not feel neglected. To change up the shake now and then, I’ll add a banana and/or a teaspoon of powdered peanut butter. With Dr. Gundry’s advice, I avoid red meat when I can opting for fish or a plant-based protein like black beans. I lost 13lbs in 5 weeks and I’m happy.

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

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  • ProPlant Shake

    • Boston, MA,
    • Jun 12, 2019
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    My wife and I both use the Complete Shake for our lunch, we’ve been on this regimen for 4 months and don’t miss eating our afternoon meal at all. The shake is quite satisfying when mixed with coconut milk because it tastes sinful...we think of it as a treat. It’s filling and delicious, it curbs your hunger but you don’t feel at all sluggish afterward as if you had a full midday meal.

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

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  • Good product, but a lot to drink in the am

    • Louisiana,
    • Jun 11, 2019
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    ProPlant tastes okay. I am mixing it with Vital Reds, and drinking the mixture with my supplements and vitamins in the morning at coffee time almost every day. If I eat breakfast, it is later, and may be brunch instead of breakfast and lunch. I also eat snacks, like nuts or cheese, or vegetables with dip.

    In order to mix up my morning drink, I put a little over halfway in a quart sized mason jar and shake to mix. If I put less water, it does not totally get mixed and I get lumps. I think this is a lot of water to drink at once, and I think the product would be best suited in a breakfast bar of some sort. Instead of drinking all of this stuff, you would be eating it, maybe with your morning coffee. Include, of course the Vital Reds and maybe some Total Restore as well.

    To summarize, it is a lot to drink, and a bit of a morning mess to put together and mix up. You also have to rinse out your shaking jar as well...just one more thing to do in the chaos of morning preparing to go to work. A breakfast bar with all of your Dr. Gundry goodies inside of it would be awesome and serve as a great "grab-n-go" item.

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

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  • I liked the ProPlant protein shake!

    • Trenton, NJ,
    • Jun 11, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Hello. I just drank ProPlant protein shake for the second time on June 2, 2019. It was good. The first time I added water, using my NutriBullet. Not so tasty so I bought some milk to make it taste like chocolate milk. I now understand that milk is not good for humans so I will try adding frozen blueberries and coconut milk and water. I immediately had bowel movements after drinking this shake. My pain in my knee disappeared the FIRST DAY! My goal is to lose 70 lbs like Dr. Gundry. I will drink for breakfast every day and I will write again when I lose my first 20 lbs. Thank you, Dr. Gundry, for your videos on Facebook. I learned that cashews, tomatoes, eggplant, peanuts, beans are full of lectins. I will stop eating them because they are bad. I am HAPPY Sharon from NJ. THANK YOU, DR. GUNDRY! Looking forward to buying the prebiotic product from you next.

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

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