Shakeology Review – What’s really in Shakeology?
Shakeology Review listing all ingredients of Shakeology and their benefits.
Did you read a Shakeology Review and still don’t know what to think about the shake? Is it a scam? Is Shakeology worth the money?
My biggest concern about Shakeology was the price. I am a frugal food and fitness blogger and love to share cheap or free workouts. And, I believe Beachbody does a good job of offering their streaming program for a very fair price (cheaper than a traditional gym membership).
I like to keep fitness simple and affordable. With a good heart I can promote Beachbody workouts, but how can I recommend this pricey drink? Questions like this led me to research Shakeology for myself and write a review.
When I signed up to become a Beachbody coach they suggested testing Shakeology so I would be able to give an honest review. Before I spent that money I thoroughly researched and found mixed reviews. Ultimately, I read many more positive reviews and testimonies.
I thought Beachbody coaches push to buy Shakeology because it is a consumable product, therefore, as a coach you get paid for it every month as orders are renewed. Of course there’s incentive to promote that!
But then I read testimonies of people that lost more weight drinking it during their weight loss plan and some even don’t workout but it still improved their health (here is the clinical study). I also read testimonies of reduced migraines, better digestion, and other health improvements.
So is Shakeology a money maker for coaches? Just a placebo? Or the healthiest shake ever?
To really figure this out for myself I researched EVERY SINGLE INGREDIENT to write this detailed Shakeology review for you. Reading through the list where you will find many health benefits with links to the source that I am taking my information from, so you can read it for yourself.
I have also linked the source of studies that were done to verify the health benefits of specific ingredients. You can read the list below, PIN FOR LATER, or skip down to the conclusion and my recommendation.
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Shakeology Review: The Ingredients
Isolated whey protein: Isolated whey protein is purer than normal whey protein. It has lower levels of lactose and fat (Wheyproteinking) and therefore isolated protein is of higher quality.
If you are working out, protein is a great supplement to build muscles and fuel your body with the necessary energy. There are multiple signs of a protein deficiency like foggy brain, trouble losing weight, poor concentration, low immunity, food cravings, blood sugar imbalance, and more. Read more at lifespa and Dr. Axe.
Vitamin A: Is necessary for bone growth, the immune system, and also helps repel bacteria and viruses (Dr. Weil)
Vitamin C: Protects against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, eye disease, and even skin wrinkles. (WebMD)
Vitamin D: Regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. It helps with a normal development and growth of teeth and bones (Healthline). It helps fight disease, reduces depression, and boosts weight loss.
Vitamin E: Can be obtained only as a food supplement. According to Newsmax it protects against toxins, eye disorder, neurological disease, and diabetes.
Vitamin B1: Helps with a proper cardiac function and has anti-aging properties. It improves memory and ensures proper digestion (organicfacts)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Helps with energy production and regulates thyroid activity. According to organic facts it can prevent diseases like acne, migraine, eczema and more.
Vitamin B3: Significant decrease in heart disease and lowers bad cholesterol levels (Newsmax).
Vitamin B6: According to Everyday Health this vitamin has an effect on neurological conditions like depression, seizures, and chronic pain.
Folic Acid: Is a preventative for heart disease, colon cancer, cervical cancer, stroke, memory loss and much more (WebMD)
Vitamin B12: Maintains the health of nerve cells, the heart and helps with digestion (Dr. Axe).
“…American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2000, indicate that this number might be even higher, with up to 39 percent of the population possibly suffering from a vitamin B12 deficiency.”
Biotin: Speeds up weight loss and helps with growing strong, healthy nails and hair (fitday)
Calcium: We all know calcium is necessary for strong bones and healthy muscles and nerves.
Iron: If you experience severe fatigue, body weakness, or brittle nails you might have an iron deficiency. Read 17 surprising benefits of Iron here.
Phosphorus: Phosphorus builds strong teeth and bones, filters out waste in your kidney, manages the use of your energy, grows and repairs the tissue of your cells, maintains a regular heart beat, reduces muscle pain after exercise and much more (see more at healthline).
Iodine: Helps to maintain optimal energy level and assists in the production of hormones in the thyroid glands, which are responsible for the metabolic rate. “Metabolic rate affects the efficiency and efficacy of the body’s organ system and regular processes, including absorption of food, sleep cycle, and the transformation of food into usable energy.” (organicfacts.net)
Magnesium: Magnesium deficiency is one of the leading nutrient deficiencies (80% of adults), which can cause migraines, muscle aches, poor digestion, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. (Dr. Axe)
Zinc: Helps with food cravings, increases immunity, balances hormones, maintains heart health, helps muscle grow and repair. Read more over at Dr. Axe. Shakeology contains 35% of the daily value.
Selenium: Helps against cancer, strengthens immunity, improves blood flow, regulates the thyroid function, increases longevity, helps reduce asthma symptoms (Dr. Axe). A dose reaching 400 mcg can be harmful. Shakeology contains 24,5 mcg.
Chromium: According to Dr. Weil a deficiency can contribute to a development of diabetes and metabolic issues.
Pea protein: The pea protein is gluten and dairy free and great for heart and kidneys. It is easy in your stomach and won’t cause bloating. It helps with weight loss, supports a healthy heart, increases muscle thickness, and regulates blood sugar (Dr. Axe). There is no proven short or long term side affect.
Chia seed: Boost your energy, reduce effects of type 2 diabetes, and bone strength.
“…Chia seeds contain 500% more calcium than milk, while one teaspoon provides 10% of our daily recommended dose”(Daily natural remedies). Chia seeds also help with weight loss, they are high in protein and provide an antioxidant boost.
Flax seed: Very similar health benefits than chia seed. Read 70 Health Reasons to eat Flax seed.
Quinoa seed: Protein rich with essential amino acids contain twice as much fiber as other grains, and it is rich in magnesium, iron, and riboflavin (B2) (mindbodygreen.com).
Sacha inchi seed: This not so popular seed helps with cholesterol level, weight loss, brain health, heart health, and much more (read more at sunwarrior.com). With it’s good amount of tryptophan (like the feel-good hormone serotonin) it helps with well-being, dealing with stress and promotes a calm and happy feeling.
Chicory root: “Ancient Romans used the herb to help cleanse the blood. Egyptians were known to consume chicory root in large amounts to help purify the liver and the blood. It’s popular today as a caffeine free replacement for coffee..” (Global healing center).
Yacon root: Regulates blood sugar level, lower bad cholesterol, lower blood pressure, boost digestive health and weight loss, and it strengthens the immune system. (Organicfacts.net)
Acerola juice powder: The powder derives from a fruit of the west Indian cherry tree. It is a powerful antioxidant and rich in ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).
“By neutralizing free radicals, acerola powder may boost your immune system to better fight off illness and disease.” (Read more: Livestrong.com)
Astragalus root: A dietary supplement from the Chinese bean or legume that fights the common cold, diabetes or prevents heart disease. (WebMD)
Pomegranate juice powder: Is rich in antioxidants protecting the body from free radicals, regulates blood sugar, promotes heart health and more (Livestrong.com).
Camu Camu: Balances mood, anti-viral, prevents from herpes viruses, strengthens immune system, high in anti-oxidants and more (Pure Healing Foods)
Cordyceps fungi: Excercise boosting and anti-aging.
“Cordyceps made international headlines after Chinese runners decimated two world records in 1993. According to their coach, the secret to their remarkable athletic performance was caterpillar fungi.” (Healthline)
Lycium Juice powder: This is actually the powder of the now so popular super-food “goji berry”. They are
“considered an anti-aging food in Asia and have been an important part of traditional Chinese herbalism for nearly 2,000 years, and modern studies substantiate its health benefits.”
Some of the benefits are Eye health, protection from UV radiation, cancer fighting, and improved feelings of well-being (read all details at Livestrong.com)
Chaga fungi: This mushroom actually grows in cold places like Siberia, Northern Canada and Alaska. Their nutritional value is very impressive with low calories, high fiber, and no fat, sugar or carbohydrates. They prevent and treat cancer, stimulate the immune system, reduces inflammation and improves physical endurance. (read more details at Dr. Axe)
Spinach leaf: One of the best leafy greens out there. We all know the benefits of fresh spinach (protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals) but what about the dried extract?
“During the three-month trial, the women taking spinach extract daily with each meal lost 43% more weight than the group taking a placebo.” (Bodynutrition)
Ashwaganda root: Has been used over 3,000 years to relief stress, increase energy level, reduce blood sugar level, has anti-cancer properties, may reduce symptoms of depression, may increase muscle mass, and it is safe for most people. This article “12 proven health benefits of Ashwagansha” is a must read! It backs up all benefits with scientific studies!
Kale: Similar benefits than the spinach leaf powder above.
Maitake fungi: Read more at WildfoodismHigh in Vitamin D and therefor great for the immune system. .
“Reishi mushroom is used for boosting the immune system; viral infections such as the flu (influenza), swine flu, and avian flu; lung conditions including asthma and bronchitis; heart disease and contributing conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol; kidney disease; cancer; and liver disease. It is also used for HIV/AIDS, altitude sickness, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), trouble sleeping (insomnia), stomach ulcers, poisoning, and herpes pain. Other uses include reducing stress and preventing fatigue.” (WebMD)
- Amylase (digesting food)
- Cellulase (Energy level)
- Lactase (digestion of dairy products)
- Glucoamylase (reduces bloating and heaviness)
- Invertase (digestion)
- Alpha-Galictosidase (breaks down heavy foods)
Maca root: increases fertility in men and woman, balances the hormones, increases memory energy and focus ( Dr. Axe)
“Maca root powder is comprised of approximately 18% protein, 76.5% carbohydrates, 5% fat, and 8.5% fiber (indigestible carbohydrates)”
It is also rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc and many more. The maca root is considered as one of the world’s natural super foods and found in the mountains of South America.
Cinnamon bark: Can soothe an upset stomach, clear up urinary tract infections, kills deease-causing viruses and fungi. It is also considered a natural pain killer and can relief cold and flu (herbwisdom.com).
Green tea extract: Green tea can make you smarter due to its small amount of caffein
“…green tea contains more than just caffeine. It also has the amino acid L-theanine, which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier” (authoritynutrition.com)
It also improves the metabolism and the fat oxidation by 17% (US National Library of Medicine) . Green tea protects your brain in old age, kills oral bacteria, lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and much more. Read all studies here.
Schisandra fruit: According to Dr. Axe it fights free radical, boosts the immune system, fights inflammation, helps to deal with the effects of stress, improves liver and digestive health, protects the skin and much more
Luo han guo extract: Also called the monk fruit.
“Thanks to its amazing health benefits on cough relief, colon cleansing, weight loss, physique enhancement, this Chinese herb has long been hailed as “the immortals’ fruit”.” (Read more details at Chineseherbshealing.com)
Matcha green tea leaf: You have probably heard of this super food matcha tea. It creates calmness without drowsiness, helps with weight loss, help the brain, heart and skin. Read all benefits and the history over at Wellnessmama.com
Moringa oleifera: Is a tree, most common in India, where all parts can be eaten.
“…studies have shown that Moringa oleifera may lead to modest reductions in blood sugar and cholesterol. It may also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and protect against arsenic toxicity. Moringa leaves are also highly nutritious, and should be particularly beneficial for people who are lacking in essential nutrients.”
“Moringa leaves are rich in many important nutrients, including protein, vitamin B6, vitamin C, riboflavin and iron.” (Read all over at healthline.com)
So you read where some of the ingredients are from: India, Alaska, South America, and so on. You can literally check out the single price for each supplement (Example: Goji Berry) and get an understanding why the shake is priced accordingly.
Is Shakeology a Scam?
In this Shakeology Review I wanted to make clear that it is neither a scam nor a miracle shake. People tend to either love or hate it. You have to understand the proper use of the shake to judge if it is worth the investment.
Scientifically speaking and according to all the ingredients, it should very much boost your health and well-being. But it would be a major mistake to think you can just drink the shake and everything is good.
Shakeology is designed to be a part of your whole fitness routine and healthy lifestyle. It should support your workout and your meal plan but not be the main thing you do for your health.
Understandably, it will only reach it’s full potential if you include a healthy meal plan and a workout routine to your lifestyle. You should first and foremost change your lifestyle and focus on fitness and good eating habits and then include Shakeology as a boost for energy, health, and muscle building.
You can not replace real fruits and vegetables with a shake. And the shake is also not designed to cover 100% of your daily value (which is good).
Thinking otherwise will obviously lead to negative reviews of Shakeology. You need to understand what it is for and how to use it.
Also I wanted to mention here, that most people become a coach because of Shakeology (they love it and they want a discount), not the other way around.
How to use Shakeology the right way
Shakeology counts as one red container on the 21 day fix. That means it replaces 1 part of protein out of 4 on a 1400 calorie diet, or 1 part protein out of 5 on a 1900 calorie diet.
One scoop of Shakeology contains around 17 grams of protein. According to Livestrong you are supposed to eat 0.8 g of protein per kg of body weight per day, but when you are exercising this changes to between 1 and 1.6 g of protein per kg of body weight.
If you check out this meal plan I would substitute the Breakfast with one scoop of Shakeology plus 1 cup of fruits. (chocolate shake with 1/2 banana or 1 cup of strawberries).
Who is Shakeology for?
It is for people that workout and want to add the extra boost to their nutrition plan. If you are suffering from headaches, dizziness, cravings, diabetes, digestive issues, low immune system, slow or no weight loss, or any other nutritional deficiencies you should give it a try.
Again, don’t drink Shakeology and then go ahead and eat pizza and burgers every night. This health shake is a powerful boost, but you can only reach your health goals with a full lifestyle change.
If you want to order Shakeology you can select “autoship” to save money on shipping.
Shakeology Review: Is worth the price?
I definitely want to cover the reason for a high price on this product. Researching each ingredient showed me that all these supplements would cost a lot if I would buy each individually.
Now if you calculate the daily cost of the shake, that would be about $4.30 or $3.20 as a coach. You can compare what unhealthy things you usually buy during the day for the same cost. That shake or coffee at Starbucks (check out the cafe latte flavor)? The quick fast food trip?
What you are basically doing with purchasing Shakeology is investing in a healthy lifestyle. Investing will hold you accountable to sticking to the meal plan and fitness routines. People who invest in something are more likey to follow through because they don’t want their money to go to waste.
Of course you don’t need this shake to reach your fitness goals, but it is definitely a support (mentally and physically).
So if you have the money (or you want to re-invest your money) and really want to achieve great fitness goals, GO for it!
If you are still unsure, grab the sampler first.