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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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Don't bother!

    • Texas,
    • Aug 15, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    You need a spoon to eat this, it is so gelatinous! You can't drink it! It's slimy and pretty much gross! I'm seriously thinking about returning. I wanted something healthy that I could take on the run because I am on the road a lot for my work. This isn't it.

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

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    • Aug 16, 2019

      Company Response from Gundry MD

      Allyson, we recommend adding some more water if you'd like to decrease thickness of the shake! If you continue to be dissatisfied, please email me at aria@gundymd.com and I can initiate the refund process for you immediately. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback!


  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    SO THICK!

    • Sycamore, IL,
    • Aug 7, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I was very excited to try this product as I am looking for a meal replacement shake, and this one had so many benefits. I have used it three times, barely able to get the contents of the shake down because of how thick and slime-like it is. All three times I have used it in a blender bottle and I know people keep saying "use a blender," but that’s not why I wanted this product. It’s easier for me to take it on the go.

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

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    • Aug 8, 2019

      Company Response from Gundry MD

      Candice, I'm so sorry to hear that our ProPlant Complete Shake was not what you had expected. Some of our customers have seen success adding more water to the shake to thin out the product. If this does not work for you, please email me at aria@gundrymd.com and I'd be happy to issue you a full refund.


  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Great taste, super thick but upsets my tummy

    • Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada,
    • Aug 6, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I can honestly say I NEVER purchase anything online. I purchased this product after watching the 45-minute video that popped up on my Instagram feed.

    I actually enjoy the shake very much. Flavor was great, texture was a bit thick and hard to get past, but what I don't like is how I am on the toilet after. I start my day with this shake and like clockwork, I'm in the bathroom. I just can't afford the toilet time with this shake. I know it seems small, but I am very on the go and cannot have a shake where I am in the toilet most of the morning. It did not upset my tummy in the least, just really flushed me out.

    My wife and I both had the same experience. This product is just not for us.

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

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    • Aug 8, 2019

      Company Response from Gundry MD

      Hi Kim, thank you for sharing your experience with our ProPlant Complete Shake. I want to note that this shake is a high fiber protein shake designed to help reduce cravings and smooth, comfortable digestion. I'm sorry to hear that this product was not the right fit for you. I ask that you email me personally at aria@gundrymd.com and I'd be more than happy to issue you a full refund!


  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Not as good as I hoped

    • North Carolina,
    • Jul 25, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have only mixed this shake in a blender bottle so far. It tastes ok but the consistency is just very very thick. I will probably try it in a blender to see if it helps with the thickness. Probably will not purchase again.

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

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    • Aug 8, 2019

      Company Response from Gundry MD

      Heather, thank you for sharing your feedback! I'm very sorry to hear that you won't be purchasing the ProPlant Complete Shake again. Some of our customers have seen success mixing the ProPlant Complete Shake into their morning smoothies. With that said, I would like to offer you a full refund, just for giving the product a try, and I will initiate that refund process with the order number attached to this review. If you have any further questions or concerns, please email me at aria@gundrymd.com.


  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Love it

    • New York,
    • Jun 28, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    ProPlant Complete shake is my first product from Dr. Gundry. Usually, I substitute breakfast with it. It is fulfilling and satisfying. I work in the hospital and not always have time to sit down and eat. Depending on availability I add banana or 1/2 of avocado to my shake and I can last until lunch without feeling hungry. On my day off I take shake with me and have it after working out or swimming class.

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

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Exceeded expectations

    • Salt Lake City, UT,
    • Jun 28, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Have been mixing the powder with organic, sugar-free coconut milk, and drinking twice daily.

    One of the first noticeable improvements was the lack of hunger.

    The powder has a great taste, not chalky as other protein powders I have experimented with.

    I have recommended the protein power to friends at the gym, and they to have had positive comments and results with weight loss, however, more importantly, they are feeling less fatigued and feel better overall.

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

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  • 10 out 11 people found this review helpful

    ProPlant Shake

    • Long Island, NY,
    • Jun 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    The Chocolate is very delicious. The shakes are filling, so they cut down on the amount of snacks I eat. I feel less bloated and have more energy. I love it. So far, I've lost 10 pounds my first month. Thank you Dr. Gundry.

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

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  • 10 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Results of ProPlant

    • Texas,
    • Jun 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am recovering from Bypass surgery on 4/25/19 and I saw the ad for ProPlant Complete Shake on the internet. I bought the product but prior to actually taking it, I passed it by my surgeon, my cardiologist, and my Cardio Physical Therapy team. All responded positive saying there was nothing harmful or bad in it and to go ahead and use it. It is working like Dr. Gundry said about removing the mid-section fat which is responsible for Diabetes and heart problems. My side handles are almost gone and I have a loss of 23 pounds due to diet and exercise. I replace 4 and 5 meals a week with a shake. The mix I use is Kale, celery, strawberries, and one scoop of shake powder, I mix with water in a blender.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Great shake and never hungry

    • Minnesota,
    • Jun 27, 2019
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    I like the ProPlant chocolate shakes for breakfast; they are very filling. I have a shake at about 8 am and I'm not hungry until 12:30 or 1 pm. I am never hungry later in the morning or looking for snacks.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Excellent experience

    • Paradise Valley, AZ,
    • Jun 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have only been using the ProPlant Shake for a few weeks, and don't take it daily, however, I enjoy the flavor and find it to be a great meal replacement when in a hurry or just want to keep my calorie intake to a minimum. I am vegan so I also enjoy the benefit of adding some protein to my day...usually before a workout. I have been adding the PreBiothrive to my shake and it makes the shake a bit thicker and is a great way to take my PreBiothrive! Thanks, Dr. Gundry, for all the great products! I have noticed a big difference in my overall health and energy levels since I started taking your products and avoiding lectins as much as possible! I bought several canisters and gave one to each of my daughters!

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Good product

    • Dingmans Ferry, PA,
    • Jun 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My experience with ProPlant Complete Shake has been good! I do get more energy when I use it and can get through my exercises a little better! And my bowel movements have been better (I know TMI). Only thing is I haven’t seen a difference in my weight yet.

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

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