Shakeology is one of the latest shake-based dietary trends. But, as with all shake diets and health trends, the real question is what are the Ingredients and how does it help? We’ve got the full list of ingredients with information about the things you might not be familiar with. Alongside that is some info on what it all means for your health.
What does Shakeology Do for You?
People who have been on the Shakeology program have stated a wide range of results. Many have reported better overall digestion and a feeling of cleansing. Others have reported a lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol. There have also been reports of quickly shedding weight, increased energy, and boosted immunity. Some say it helps fight disease, slows aging, and works as an anti-inflammatory. All due to the Ingredients themselves.
That’s quite the list of results. You may experience some or all of them. It’s also stated to help with arthritis, heart disease, and even dementia.
Give me the Ingredients List Already!
Alright, let’s get on to what is actually in the Ingredients list. Everything is stated as a proprietary blend. So there’s no way to know what amounts of everything are in the mixes. However, the Ingredients themselves are listed.
First up is the Proprietary Super Protein blend Ingredients list. That includes the following.
- · Amaranth – This is an ancient grain that has been used by humans for 8,000 years. Shakeology is full of Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 Vitamin C, Vitamin E, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and zinc. It’s also a good source of water. It’s also got a lot of carbs, and protein.
- · Brown Rice – This whole grain rice high in carbs of course. But it’s also a good source of Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B9. Additionally, it’s chocked full of calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and zinc.
- · Chia – Rather the seed of the plant is full of Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B9. Also gets you calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and zinc.
- · Flax – Also called linseed. Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and Vitamin C. Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc.
- · Pea – Raw green peas offer Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 along with Vitamins C, E, and K. Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and zinc.
- · Quinoa – Vitamin A, B1-3, 6, and 9. Choline, Vitamin C, and E. calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and zinc.
- · Sachi Inchi – This is a nut oil extract (Incan Peanuts) from the Amazon River area. Vitamin A, and C. Calcium, and iron. Omega-3 fatty acids.
- · Whey – Comes from milk so it’s rich in calcium. It’s also a good source of energy and water.
Next up in the ingredients list is the Proprietary Super Fruit/Antioxidant Blend. This item contains a lot of berries you may not be familiar with, so there’s information on most of them.
- · Acai – The small round black-purple berry of a palm tree.
- · Acerola Cherry – Also called the Barbados or West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle.
- · Bilberry – A family of berries from Eurasia. Closely related to, yet distinct from blueberries.
- · Camu-Camu – Also called Cacari, and Camocamo.
- · Goji – Also called the Wolfberry.
- · Grape Seed
- · Green Tea
- · Luo Han Guo – A gourd from China and Thailand. 300X sweeter than sugar.
- · Pomegranate
- · Rose Hips – The fruit of the rose plant
This is a Long List!
Next up in the ingredients list is the Proprietary Adaptogen Blend. Adaptogens are things found in nature that can assist in stress adaptation and help to normalize your body after stress. The contents are below. Again, many may not be familiar to you so we supplied information.
- · Ashwagandha – Indian Ginseng, poison gooseberry, winter cherry, from India, Nepal, China and Yemen
- · Astragalus – A group of 3,000 herbs, also called milkvetch, locoweed, and
- · Cordyceps – A sac fungus with 400 species, found in China and Tibet
- · Ginko – Most likely Gingko Biloba a seed fern, from China
- · Maca – Used as a root vegetable and medicinal herb in Peru
- · Maitake – A mushroom also known as Hen of the Woods, Ram’s Head, Sheep’s Head and found in Japan and North America
- · Reishi – A mushroom also called lingzhi, generally found in eastern Asia
- · Schisandra -Fruit of a climbing vine found in Asia and North America
- · Tulsi – Also known as Holy Basil and Tulasi, found on the Indian subcontinent, used in tea and essential oils
Finally, the list of Shakeology Ingredients includes the Proprietary Pre and Probiotic/Digestive Enzyme Blend. It contains the following.
- · Amylase – An enzyme that changes starch to sugar
- · Bromelain – Protein derived from pineapple stems
- · Cellulase – An enzyme that decomposes cellulose
- · Lactase – An enzyme that breaks down lactose (lack of this causes lactose intolerance)
- · Lactobacillus – The bacteria that
convertssugar tolactic acid
- · Lipase – Enzyme that breaks down fat with the help of water
- · Papain – An enzyme from papaya that works on amino acids
- · Protease – Enzyme that catabolizes protein
- · Sporogenes – May help with cholesterol, and other digestive problems
- · Yacon Root – A plant root similar to jicama, may help with diabetes
Whew! That’s one long list of stuff. Now that you have a better idea of what the ingredients are, are you ready to try it out? Looking over the list, you’ve probably already tasted or ingested a wide range of these ingredients in things like tea, herb blends, or just eaten the fruit.
Everything in the shakeology ingredients list comes from nature. While there is little modern research into the effects of all of these things, there are centuries of testimonials, especially in eastern Asia. Many of the ingredients have been used in the food, and medicine of that part of the world for longer than some countries have been around. Shakeology knows that many may be afraid of the flavor. So they smartly offer several flavors like chocolate, vanilla, Greenberry, and tropical strawberry for those who might dislike the taste. There are also several vegan options for those who ascribe to that lifestyle.