Shakeology Ingredients

shakeology ingredientsShakeology claims to be a Healthy Meal Replacement. The shake claims to help with a nutrition dose of 70 ingredients and 23 vitamins and minerals (more on that here). But, what about the Shakeology Ingredients? After all, this is more than just a “protein shake”. On this page we will take a microscopic look at all of the Shakeology Ingredients listed on the bag, and examine what they do for you (good OR bad).

For starters, here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to understanding the Shakeology Ingredients:

  • I will be using the nutrition label of the Chocolate Flavor Shakeology ingredients (click here to see the nutrition label)
  • I’m going to start with the ingredients after the typical nutrition facts (calories, carbs, protein, and vitamins). This means I’ll start with Folic acid and Biotin. Then, we’ll dig into the Proprietary superfoods, along with the “other ingredients” listed on the label.

Remember, this post tends to be a bit more scientific. My goal is to help you understand what the ingredients are and how (and IF) they can benefit you. If you are just looking to learn more about Shakeology in general, or purchase, click below:

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Shakeology Ingredients – The Everyday Ingredients

Even though I call these “everyday ingredients”, they are still hard to understand. You may have seen these before in other foods, but here is what they do and why they are important for your health.

  • Folic Acid (50% of DV): This ingredient can also be referred to as Vitamin M or B9. Folic acid has many benefits including: Stroke reduction, Sperm Quality (in males, helps reduce chromosomal defects in sperm), Macular Degeneration (In Fact, a study was completed where women have reduced potential for degeneration by 34.7%).
  • Biotin (30% of DV): Also know as Vitamin H. Biotin’s primary purpose is to help break down fatty cells and help metabolism (fat burner, baby!)
  • Pantothenic acid (50% of DV): This ingredient (Vitamin B5) helps with oxygen utilization efficiency. What does that mean? It helps fuel oxygen to your muscles, which reduces muscle soreness and aches.
  • Phosphorous (25% of DV): Having this ingredient daily can help strengthen tooth enamel. This leads to stronger teeth and prevention of early tooth decay.
  • Iodine (35% of DV): This ingredient is widely known to help with your thyroid. But not only that, iodine is beneficial for breast, stomach, brain, and other important tissues. Not having enough (or having TOO much) can cause problems for these vital tissues (source here).
  • Magnesium (20% of DV): magnesium helps regulates blood sugar, and keeps heart rhythm running, strong bones, and your immune system in check.
  • Zinc (40% of DV): this is a great ingredient and supplement you should always have. Zinc is beneficial for your immune system. Better than that, it helps decrease the acceleration of skin and muscle aging. Not only that, it can be beneficial for your digestive trac (with proven abilities to reduce and eliminate diarrhea episodes, according to Bhutta, 2000).
  • Copper (40% of DV): not having enough copper in your diet can lead towards deficiencies such as osteoporosis, infections, and glucose problems. Copper ingests into your liver and spreads through your bloodstream to regulate your blood sugar and benefit your bones and glucose levels significantly.
  • Manganese (100% of DV): a beautiful ingredient that helps your body properly digest and use the other ingredients like zinc, copper, and iron better. Not only that, there have been studies that show that manganese can help treat things like: epilepsy, asthma, diabetes, Schizophrenics, Rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and more. A powerful ingredient that gives you 100% DV in one serving of Shakeology.
  • Chromium (50% of DV): Chromium enhances the production of insulin in your body. Insulin helps with the metabolism and storage of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in your body. This in turn can help regulate potential for diabetes and speed up that metabolism a bit.
  • Molybdenum (40% of DV): Similar to phosphorus, this ingredient helps strengthen tooth enamel and helps prevent tooth decay. Smile my friends, it’s a helpful ingredient to have in your diet!

As you can see, even the “basic” foundation of Shakeology Ingredients boasts some good benefits. So the big question is: ok great, why can’t we just eat healthy and get these? You can! The only thing you should consider is the price. To match the serving of all of these ingredients in everyday food will cost you more than a $4.33 serving of Shakeology.

Next we will explore Proprietary Superfoods. This will be the longer of the sections as this is the bulk of Shakeology ingredients.

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Shakeology Ingredients – The Proprietary Superfoods

  • Shakeology Ingredients herbsProprietary Protein Blend: Proteins are important for mental clarity, lean muscle building, improving skin and hair, and reducing cravings. The proprietary superfoods in this blend include: Whey, Sacha Inchi, Chia, Flax, Quinoa, Amaranth, Brown Rice, Pea.
  • Proprietary Super-Fruit/Antioxidant Blend: promotes antioxidant support for a healthy immune system, heart, and optimal blood pressure. The proprietary superfoods in this blend include: Camu-Camu, Acai, Acerola Cherry, Bilberry, Goji Berry, Grape Seed, Green Tea, Lun Hao Guo, Pomegranate, Rose Hips.
  • Proprietary Super-Green/Phytonutrient Blend: This is an interesting blend of the Shakeology ingredients, mainly because of what it can do. It detoxifies! The liver, kidneys, and blood get detoxification benefits that restore health and vitality. Superfoods in this blend include: Moringa, Chlorella, Spirulina, Spinach, Barley Grass, Kamut Grass, Wheat Grass, Oat Grass.
  • Proprietary Adaptogen Blend: this helps protect the body from stress, supports the immune system, and balances the endocrine system. Superfoods that support this blend include: Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Cordyceps, Ginkgo, Maca, Maitake, Reishi, Schisandra, Tulsi (Holy Basil).
  • Proprietary Pre- and Probiotic/Digestive Enzyme Blend: helps increase nutrition absorption, promotes regularity, and improves digestion. Superfoods in this blend include: Yacon Root, Lactobacillus Sporogenes, Amylase, Cellulase, Lactase, Lipase, Protease, Bromelain, Papain.

Shakeology Ingredients – The “Other” Ingredients

Ingredients to any foods are good to look at consistently. You never know what lies beneath until you turn over to the nutrition facts and look at the bottom. Let’s look at the “other” ingredients listed on the Shakeology bag, and what they mean, and if they are bad for you.

  • Natural Sweetener Blend (Non-GMO Fructose, Stevia): this is how the 6 grams of sugar in each serving come to being. But unlike other “diet” and health shakes that used the cursed “Aspartame”, Shakeology has NO aspartame and uses Stevia. Stevia is found in sunflower family of sweetleaf and sugarleaf. The sweetness ends up being 300 times more sweet than artificial flavorings. The best part is, it controls diet by giving you less carbs and less chance of disease and study-proven cancer like Aspartame.
  • Natural Chocolate Flavor: this means that the flavor of chocolate is derived from a cacao plant, which produces natural cocoa.
  • Xanthan Gum: I see this in a lot of different foods that I eat (along with Guar Gum). This is basically a laxitive ingredient that helps with food thickening. There are no bad studies that I have found on this ingredient, but it can contain very small doses of wheat.
  • Guar Gum: according to Wikipedia, this gum can help with digestion and regularity. It has a significant amount of soluble fiber which helps promote this effort, and is used for most foods to thicken appearance. Again, I couldn’t find anything too risky on this ingredient either.

Shakeology Ingredients – Good or Bad?

Some of these ingredients make me want to mix up a shake right now. Others like Xanthan Gum and Guar Gum have me suspicious, even though I never found anything bad about them. Either way, the benefits far out weigh any concerns.

Trying to get all of these supplements in your daily diet would cost you a ton of money. Unless you are Donald Trump or Bill Gates, this would be a bit too much (around $1256.40 per month, at $41.88 per day). One serving of Shakeology is around $4.33 or $129.95 per month.

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Coach Bob Sharpe

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I am on blood thinner for a clotting disorder.  I'm not supposed to eat spinach or drink green tea because it lessens the affects of the medication.  I noticed these are ingredients in the Shakeology shake.   It I eat only a little of these items I've found it doesn't affect my clotting factor.   Is the amount of green tea or spinach in the shakes small enough that I can use it ??   I'm really interested in trying the shakes but now I'm hesistant.   Thanks !!


I did not see what the source is for the natural vanilla flavor. Would it be Castorium and is that why it is not available in Vegan formula? Thank you so much!

SweetLifeCoach moderator

@tiptonfamily that is a good question and No castorium is not used in Vanilla Shakeology or any of the Shakeology flavors. They do use Whey Protein in the Vanilla flavor which is why it is not yet vegan, and their flavoring is organic vanilla beans out of Madagascar. Vanilla Shakeology took longer than the other flavors to develop because they did not want to use any of the unnatural flavoring that vanilla normally is associated to (including artificial sweeteners). Everytime they got close the superfood flavor would be far too strong and destroy any hint of vanilla. The Madagascar Vanilla beans have been the most successful in balancing this out so far!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope that helped a bit!

Coach Bob

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I am curious if anyone you know of that has Crohns Desiease has had major problems using this. I am trying to have one or two shakes per day so that what I am eating is limited due to a flare up. Any thoughts? I am nervous since this is something that can make or break my day.

SweetLifeCoach moderator

@Curious4Crohns great question. I know of a few people who have tried Shakeology with Crohns. The flavor that tends to help is Vegan Chocolate (someone I know got sick off of the regular Chocolate flavor, and then tried Vegan and had much success with that flavor). My biggest suggestion is to stay close to, and ask, the doctor when you decide to try it just to ensure it is working in the benefit that it should.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Hi, I have Crohns and started using it a couple of months ago. Shakeology is very kind to my tummy. When I'm having a bad gut day, it's the first thing I turn to to get the nutrition that my body needs. I drink the regular chocolate with half a banana, a tablespoon of peanut butter, almond milk, and some ice, blended together. As us Crohnies know, getting enough vitamins and nutrition can be difficult, especially with restricted diets. And I think this has helped a lot with it. It's expensive, but I make the exception for it because my body needs the nutrition even more than the average joe.

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@Melissa That is awesome to hear, thank you so much for sharing!! I know a few friends who struggle with Crohns and it's great to hear that it has been kind and benefits you! Thanks for stopping by!

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I'm on a lot of meds are there any herbs in the shakes?

SweetLifeCoach moderator

@kitkat232 There are 8 adaptogen herbs in the shakes (things like Astragalus, Ashwagandha, Holy Basil Leaf, Schizandra,etc). I can hook you up with a list of everything that you could take to your doctor to verify if this is something that would work best for you or not. Feel free to connect with me on Team Beachbody and we can get you the doctors note to share:

Thanks for stopping by!

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