Dr Gundry Proplant Shake doesn’t work. How do I know? I personally tried the product. And I took it once a day exactly as directed for a month and a half. I didn’t feel any energy boost. And on top of that I suffered a gout attack two weeks after starting it, and suffered for another two or three weeks until I figured out the cause.
It was the Gundry MD Proplant Shake! As soon as I stopped taking the product, my gout started decreasing and disappeared in about a week. That was only a part of my painful experience. The 100% refund for any reason is not quite true. I will get into that later. After my experience, I decided to write a review on this questionable product.
Name – Dr Gundry Proplant Complete Shake
Website – https://gundrymd.com/
Price – $134.85 for 90 Day Supply
Owners – Dr Steven Gundry
Quality – Tastes Great, But Doesn’t Work
Overall Rank – 1/10
Refunds – 90 Day Money Back Guarantee
Verdict – Not Recommended
What is Dr Gundry Proplant Shake
Dr Gundry’s Proplant Complete Shake is a product that is sold as a product claimed to give you energy, help you lose weight, and control digestion. In reality, it is a sweet flavored powder that does nothing to help you feel better, or lose weight. It’s a joke.
I tried the powder and it didn’t help me feel any less hungry, or give me any energy. It is just a good tasting powder that is actually hard to get to mix in water. You can add milk and fruits. This does help it blend easier.
I even went so far as to use the recipe on the container to make a Proplant Smoothie every day for lunch. After about two weeks, I started to feel a gout attack coming on. I thought it was something in my diet that I was somehow doing wrong. So, I watched my diet more closely and eliminated any foods that could be causing the gout flare up.
When I Stopped The Product, My Gout Cleared Up
But, it just got worse. Finally after about 5 weeks on the Gundry Proplant Shake, I decided to quit taking the product. Amazingly, my symptoms began to clear up. It was the Proplant Product causing me the misery.
I read the label trying to determine what may have caused the problem. It is hard to say. I could have been the hemp plant protein, or the “Natural Flavors”
Dr Gundry Proplant Shake Contains “Natural Flavors”
Natural Flavors sounds like a healthy ingredient, right? When I read natural flavors I think of ground up cherries, or some type of fruit juice added to improve the taste. Sometimes, it could be a natural fruit or food, but not always! Think of natural flavors as the fragrance for your food, like the fragrance for your perfume. It is just a collection of chemicals.
The ingredient list on the label states: Protein Blend (flaxseed, hemp protein, spirulina, cocoa powder, natural flavors, modified food starch, Stevia Blend (steviol glycosides & rebaudioside A)
Natural Flavors Described By Government Regulation:
Natural flavors are those that derive their aroma or have chemicals from plant or animal sources, including fruit, meat, fish, spices, herbs, roots, leaves, buds, or bark, that are distilled, fermented or otherwise manipulated in a lab.
So, what this actually means is that while it may be safe for human consumption, it may be anything but a healthy natural flavor. It can be something created from a test tube in the giant food labs they use nowadays. In other words, it could be a man-made chemical stew that is intended to enhance flavor. Because the “loophole” is that non-organic foods can contain dozens of ingredients such as preservatives and solvents that can go into this so-called natural flavor.
Where Do Natural Flavors Come From?
Some flavorings are derived from a “Beavers butt” like castoreum. Castoreum is a gland secretion of a goo from the beavers castor gland, which is also in close proximity to the beavers anal glands. It may be safe for human consumption, but it is certainly not very appetizing! However, it is an animal source used in flavorings so it can be classified as “Natural”. Ugh!
I am not saying that Dr Gundry’s Proplant shake has castoreum in it, but it does have “Natural Flavors” listed on the label. So, that means, it could actually be anything used as a flavoring. And the point is, I had a gout reaction to the product. I know that I have to avoid the flavor enhancer MSG for this reason. Maybe, this product contains MSG in it’s formula? I don’t know.
Does It Contain MSG?
MSG does occur naturally in hydrolyzed vegetable protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed yeast, yeast extract, soy extracts, and protein isolate. When MSG occurs from foods “naturally” it is not required to be on the label. So sometimes it’s in there, and we don’t know it.
The only way to be sure you are getting a real natural ingredient is to consume the fruits, and veggies in their natural state. But, in this case the Proplant Shake claiming to have healthy ingredients like the superfood Spirulina, and is giving the impression Gundry’s shake is a healthy food.
In my opinion, it is not! It does not list one organic ingredient. In fact, the Stevia Blend listed on the label, is derived from plants, and is considered natural and safe to eat. But, processed foods are known to be anything but healthy. Ever hear how unhealthy processed sugar is?
What is Steviol Glycosides & Rebaudioside A
Stevia sweeteners are highly processed and derived from the Stevia rebaudiana (Bertoni) plant native to South America. Steviol glycosides are extracted from the leaves, then purified to remove some of the bitterness. Steviol glycosides contain the basic ingredient steviol , which is separated into compounds like stevioside and many different forms of rebaudiosides.
So, steviol glycosides and rebaudioside A are the compounds derived from the stevia leaves by processing, that are considered sweeteners.
These products are considered safe, but more research need to be done.
And people can have an allergic reaction to Stevia, it is a side effect. It is claimed to be safe for gout, but it can also cause gout flares, another side effect. And I would imagine that there is quite a bit of sweetener in the Proplant Shake, because it is very sweet tasting.
I Purchased The Gundry Proplant Shake After Watching His Informercial
I should have know better, it was an informercial. But, when you have a problem, you are looking for a solution. So, I fell for all the hype. All the promises and claims are just not true. And when you click on the sales buy button, you immediately are hit with pop up after pop up, selling you another product, and another, and another. I lost count of the popups.
But, right then and there I was getting that sinking feeling in my stomach, that I just got taken again.
Anytime, I see a hard sell like that, I am thinking I am getting scammed. It hard to keep passing up pages of products and being careful, you don’t click on anything you don’t want. These items are not cheap, I got charged $135 bucks for the Gundry Proplant Shake, and I really thought that was expensive.
But, we try to justify the cost by using the hype you are fed. You are thinking, well (according to the sales hype) I can skip a lunch and lose weight, and save on groceries. Well, it didn’t kill my appetite, (like the ads say make me less hungry), and I didn’t lose any weight. In fact it seemed like it made me more hungry! So much for the weight loss from feeling less hungry.
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Gundy MD Proplant Shake 100% Money Back Guarantee – Not Exactly
You are told it is backed up by a 100% no questions asked refund. Just call and we’ll refund your purchase price.
As you can see it’s not quite the case. You will never get a full refund. They won’t cover return shipping, and you will pay $20 more to ship it back! But, they clearly state they will send your purchase price back. And they did, but not right away. I will explain that later.
They also have written, no questions, no hassle. Wrong again. You see, they have a link in their sales pitch somewhere, that to get a refund, you have to ship ALL the original containers back to them. So, if they claim it can take 2 to 3 weeks to feel all the benefits of the product, you will empty at least one container.
The Fine Print Contradicts – Return Unused Portion For Full Refund- No Questions Asked
They are half gallon sized containers (filled half full) and they are bulky. If you are expecting the product to actually work, you are not worrying about keeping the container. Because you don’t expect to be returning the product. Well, I threw mine out, and when I discovered it was actually making me sick, that bag of trash was long gone.
I contacted then and asked for a return label. After a few days, they sent me one. Almost half of a second container was gone, and had one I still sealed that hadn’t opened yet.
So, I packaged the two containers and remaining product that was left, and sent them back. A few days later I got an email stating that I had been refunded for my purchase.
The “Empty Container Clause”
The refund amount was $84.00, not the $134.85 that I had paid to purchase the product. When I asked why, the told me “I had only returned two containers, and there is a link in the site that requires ALL original containers be returned.
So, because I didn’t return the empty third container, they were keeping $44 of my money, after I spent an additional $21 to ship the other two back. To me, that is stealing my money! I didn’t feel they had that right, because they offer a no questions asked, 100% money back guarantee! And the offer also states you get a full refund, just return the remaining product. See for yourself below.
Just Return What You Haven’t Used – Not True
That image is from the FAQ section of the offer I purchased. So, telling me that there is this link somewhere that says I need to return all the containers is not clearly shown either in the 90 Day guarantee, or on the offer sales page. You don’t say anywhere above that their are very deceptive strings attached!! In fact, they say the exact opposite!
They sent me the remaining balance of $44.95 the next day, but told me it was a one time courtesy! Well, thank you for the refund you clearly stated I was entitled too, and somehow making it sound like you did me a favor! Yes, I feel like I was lucky to get my money back!
So, you could say you did me a favor, but that also sounds like “If you order another product, we won’t be so nice. Ok, I have no plans of ordering this product ever again! It doesn’t work! And I most likely won’t be trying any other products! I don’t want to get a junk product, and have to pay the shipping fees to return it!
Complaints On Dr Gundry Products
I should have researched this product before I purchased it. Complaints are easy to find, I tried the Better Business Bureau first. Right away some complaints showed up. And they were pretty much saying the same things that I have bee saying. I was surprised to see 261 complaints in the last 3 years.
This person was also told that they couldn’t have a refund because they did have the empty containers! Most people will throw empty containers away. Telling people you can’t refund the full price without the containers is just stealing their money. It is not even clearly listed in their guarantee, and they state “Just return the remaining product for a full refund”. You can clearly see it above!
Gundry Products Produced No Results
When they responded, they had changed their mind and issued a refund. It probably only happened because Dr Gundry had a BBB complaint filed against them. Another person who found the products to be worthless.
This Person Claims Product Produced Weight Gain And Waste Of Money
Declined Upsells But Still Charged Anyway
Now this one, is a complaint of declining all the upsells, but got fraudulently charged anyway. Now, they are stuck for the return postage! Even though the original cost was refunded, they had extra costs to ship back an order they never placed!
So, it’s good they refunded to purchase price, but should be paying for the return shipping. It was their mistake!
There are plenty more complaints, you can see them at BBB.org
Dr Gundry Proplant Shake Has Not Been Evaluated By The FDA
Like most products, they have a disclaimer to let you know it is buyer beware, the FDA hasn’t checked it out and they don’t offer their products to treat or cure anything. But they make all these claims in there sales informercials.
- 90 Day Refund Guarantee
- Good Taste
- Guarantee Has Strings Attached
- Product Doesn’t Work
Verdict -Dr Gundry Proplant Shake – Not Recommended –
Dr Gundry Proplant Complete Shake is not recommended. The product doesn’t do anything to help with weight loss, energy gain, or suppressing hunger. It is pretty much a chocolate flavored drink that has a good taste, but is way too expensive for a flavored drink!
Save your money, and buy the actual spirulina or fresh fruits and vegetables. This product was a complete waste of time, and a costly reminder of the lousy money refund guarantees promised today. Trying this product, cost me $21 in return shipping to find out it is worthless flavored drink.
I hope you enjoyed reading my review. If I saved you some money, then it was worth the time to write this review. If you have any comments, please leave them below.
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