Shakeology is a meal replacement shake that is dubbed “The Healthiest Meal of the Day.” But, what are the ingredients you DON’T know about!!??
I get a lot of questions about the Shakeology Ingredients and what they mean. If you’ve ever looked at the Shakeology Nutrition Facts, you probably noticed a LOT of words.
What in the WORLD do these things mean!? “Molybdenum?” “Biotin?” Well you are in luck, today I will spell out the top ingredients of Shakeology based on my research.
I will also provide you with a detailed look behind each ingredient. Not only that, let’s figure out how these ingredients work to make you a healthier person!
Some of the Basics of Shakeology Ingredients include the following:
- Protein – this is one of the most valuable sources of building muscle and repairing muscle. Along with the amino acids provided in the shake, it helps improve brain function, balance blood sugar levels, and reduce food cravings.
- Digestive Enzymes combined with Prebiotics – What are these? Well, they work together to help improve your digestion. Prebiotics is a host that encourages healthy bacteria (I know, bacteria in a “health” site sounds wrong, but its the good stuff), to improve your stomach digestive process. In turn, this could help you with less stomach aches, and better regularity!
- Antioxidants – you may have heard about antioxidants before, you know, the stuff that helps you “not get sick?” Well, they do help significantly. Specifically, it helps keep your immune system functioning by inhibiting oxidation of other molecules (in layman’s terms: it prevents bad stuff from hitting your immune system, which means it can aid it warding off or healing any types of colds/etc that may come your way. Keep in mind I mention “it CAN aid” – this doesn’t mean it is a disease-stopper, just a tool/aid). Along with the superfood blend, this is the key behind the Shakeology Ingredients!
- Phytonutrients – these type of nutrients can also be found in blueberries to a smaller scale. Luckily with the Shakeology Ingredients, the serving includes much more than that of a blueberry. But, scientists estimate that there is a potential for phytochemicals and nutrients to have an affect on diseases such as cancer, stroke, and metabolic syndrome. (see sources below)
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Shakeology Ingredients – Step by Step Ingredients of Shakeology
By looking on the back of the bag (or box, depending on your serving), you will see the Shakeology Nutrition Label. If you don’t have Shakeology yet, click the image to the right to check out the nutritional label for yourself as we dig into the Shakeology ingredients.
Of the ingredients in Shakeology, we have the typical (and recognizable) ingredients. Things like Vitamin C (300% dv), Fiber (6g, 24% dv), and Protein (17g, 34% dv). But what about all of those other “weird sounding” ingredients? Like Molybdenum, Pantothenic Acid, and MSM!?
Check out the details below to see each of the Shakeology ingredients and what they mean! Keep in mind that this is my own research, and isn’t endorsed specifically by Beachbody, affiliates, or anyone else.
- BIOTIN (30% dv) – This is also known as Vitamin H. It’s primary purpose is to help break down fatty cells and help metabolism (big fat burner here!!)
- FOLIC ACID (50% dv) – This can also be referred to as Vitamin M or B9. This has many great benefits including: Stroke reduction, Sperm Quality (in guys of course…helps reduce chromosomal defects in sperm), Macular Degeneration (study done in women who has reduced potential for degeneration by 34.7%).
- PANTOTHENIC ACID (50% dv) – This is also referred to as Vitamin B5. It can help with muscle soreness and oxygen utilization efficiency, which is very helpful when you exercise!
- MOLYBDENUM (30% dv) – This ingredient has many forms in our environment, but for a dietary need can be helpful. There is no need to get more than the required amount of Molybdenum because it can lead to concerns if you have too much. But having a small dose, such as that in Shakeology, improves Molybdenum presence in tooth enamel, which can help prevent tooth decay!
- PHOSPHORUS (25% dv) – similar to Molybdenum, this ingredient can help with tooth enamel, leading to stronger teeth and less chance of early decay.
- METHYLSULFANYLMETHANE (MSM) – this ingredient is known to help with chronic pain, arthritis, joint pain, tenosynovitis, stretch marks, and muscle soreness. It can also be known as Dimethyl sulfide.
- SACHA INCHI – also known as Plukenetia volubilis, this is a very powerful superfood that is very plentiful across seas. This is where you get your powerful punch of Omega fatty acids (very helpful for brain function). In this alone, you get: Omega 3, 6, and 9; Protein, and Vitamin A, and E. Wow!
- CAMU-CAMU – also known as Myrciaria dubia, this superfood is VERY high in Vitamin C, and actually tastes horrible without being in Shakeology. It is very acidic from a fruit perspective, so imagine orange juice with 10x acid (sweet) taste in it!
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of the Shakeology Ingredients that I found interesting. If there are any on here that you’d like me to research that I haven’t included in the above information, please leave a comment below and I’ll add it in!
Shakeology Ingredients – The Nutrition Simplified
Check out this great video on what all you get out of just one serving of Shakeology (definitely enhances the Shakeology Ingredients we explored above) Can’t see the video? Just click here
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Sources for Shakeology Ingredients Research
Curzon, M. E. J.; Kubota, J.; Bibby, B.G. (1971). “Environmental Effects of Molybdenum on Caries” (PDF). Journal of Dental Research 50 (1): 74â€“77. doi:10.1177/00220345710500013401.
Greenwood, N. N.; & Earnshaw, A. (1997). Chemistry of the Elements (2nd Edn.), Oxford:Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN 0-7506-3365-4.
Young, SS; Eskenazi, B; Marchetti, FM; Block, G; Wyrobek, AJ (2008). “The association of folate, zinc and antioxidant intake with sperm aneuploidy in healthy non-smoking men”. Human reproduction (Oxford, England) 23 (5): 1â€“9. doi:10.1093/humrep/den036. PMID 18353905. Lay summary.
“Folic acid ‘reduces stroke risks’”. BBC News (London). 31 May 2007.
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