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I’ve been loving my Shakeology smoothies lately because it’s an easy quick way to get a healthy dose of superfoods without having to worry about getting the right combination of things to get a good flavor.  I’ve actually made some bad tasting smoothies then threw this in there to try to fix up the taste and it works (most of the time :).  Here are the Shakeology ingredients for the very popular (and tasty) vanilla and chocolate superfood health shakes…but what does it all mean?  Here’s the breakdown for each blend.  Let me know if you have any questions about anything.  I will be posting some of my Shakeology recipes and other smoothie recipes soon!  If you’re looking for the Shakeology Mix you can find it here.

 

Vanilla Shakeology Ingredients List and Benefits

shakeology ingredients vanillaWhey Protein – whey is one of the two proteins found in milk.  It is considered a complete protein and contains all nine of the essential amino acids.

Pea Protein – protein derived from peas that is said to ease digestion, lack allergens, and contains essential amino acids for balancing and restoring nitrogen levels in muscles, promoting muscle metabolism and a healthy heart, maintain tissues, and may help prevent kidney disease.

Pea fiber – generally made from the seed coats of peas and serves as a dietary fiber.

Maca root – root of a radish relative that is grown in central Peru and is said to enhance energy, stamina, memory, fertility, and athletic performance.

Chia seed – seed native to Guatemala and Mexico that may help boost energy, stabilize blood sugar, aid digestion, and lower cholesterol.

Flax seed – a superfood that contains omega-3, fiber and lignans said to help fight heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer.

Yacon Root – peruvian root that is good for blood sugar management, cancer prevention, liver health and can be used in cooking.

Acerola Cherry – rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, this fruit helps keep up your immune system and improve physical endurance.

Camu-Camu – fruit that comes from a shrub grown in the rain forests in South America.  Some use camu-camu to increase energy and maintain healthy gums, eyes, and skin; and as an antioxidant and immune system stimulant.

Pomegranate – antioxidant rich fruit great for blood flow and can work to inhibit cancers.

Astragalus Root – type of herb that comes from a legume plant and helps to boost the immune system and fight heart disease.

Bilberry – fruit used to improve eyesight and can also be used as medication for several heart and blood related conditions.

Blueberry – popular fruit rich in antioxidants and have benefits for the nervous system, brain health, and improving memory.

Goji – berry found on a shrub in China.  This fruit has a list of possible benefits including mental well-being and calmness, athletic performance, happiness, quality of sleep, and feelings of good health.

Spinach – dark leafy green that is great for your skin and hair, bone health, and provides protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.

Acai – berry native to Central and South America rich in antioxidants.

MSM – or methylsulfonylmethane is a chemical found in plants, animals, and humans.  Said to be beneficial for bones and muscles, allergies, scar tissue and stretch marks, wrinkles, among many other things.

Himalayan Salt – a couple of hundreds of millions of years ago, crystallized sea salt beds deep in the Himalayans were covered by lava.  Because of this, it is believed that pollutants could not reach the salt and this salt is some of the purest salt in the world.  This natural resource contains over 80 minerals and elements that can increase hydration, help prevent muscle cramping, strengthen bones, lower blood pressure, and improve circulation.

Ashwagandha – is a root used to help people deal with daily stress, arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, and backaches.

Cordyceps – is a fungus that originated on certain caterpillars in the high mountain regions of China that is now reproduced for supplements by man.  Used to treat coughs and respiratory conditions, kidney and liver disorders, weakness, and nighttime urination.

Enzyme Blend – Protease, Amylase, Bromelain, Cellulase, Lipase, Papain, Lactase.  Enzyme deficiencies can cause digestion problems, allergies, low energy, bloating, heartburn, fatigue, slow healing, excessive aging, constipation, and headaches.

Maitake Mushroom – these have been eaten as food for thousands of years in Asia and are used to treat cancer and the side affects of chemotherapy as well as chronic fatigue, hay fever, diabetes, high blood pressure, weight loss, and more.

Reishi Mushroom – a tough and often bitter tasting mushroom used to boost the immune system, viral infections, high blood pressure, kidney and liver disorders, stomach ulcers, insomnia, along with various other things.

Lactobacillus Sporogenes – beneficial bacteria more commonly known as a probiotic.  Helps with digestion and can boost the immune system.

Luo Han Guo or Monk Fruit – sweet fruit used by monks in Southern China for centuries for longevity, diabetes, and defeating cancers, heart disease and allergies.

Citrus Bioflavonoids – are derived from fruits high in vitamin C, and they appear to act synergistically with the vitamin to neutralize free radicals. Bioflavonoids’ antioxidant properties are thought to be particularly beneficial for capillary strength.

Grape Seed – the extract contains antioxidants and can help improve many cardiovascular conditions.

Green Tea – leaf extract that is used to improve mental alertness and thinking.

Tulsi or Holy Basil – is a plant originally from India and is used to counter life’s stresses as well as many uses such as for the common cold, flu, diabetes, asthma, headaches, stomach ache, heart disease, and more.

Rose Hips – contains vitamin C and is used for cold, flu, and other vitamin C deficiencies.

Schisandra – is a fruit used as food and is used for increasing resistance to disease and stress, increasing energy, and increasing physical performance and endurance.

Cinnamon Bark – comes from a tree and is used for upset stomach, diarrhea, infections, common cold, and the flu.

Apple Pectin – Pectin is a fiber found in fruits and can be used for high cholesterol, high triglycerides, to prevent colon and prostate cancer, and diabetes.

Barley – is used for lowering blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol, and for promoting weight loss. Some people use barley for increasing strength and endurance.

Ginkgo Biloba – is a herb from one of the longest living tree species in the world and has many uses such as memory loss, headache, ringing in the ears,vertigo, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and hearing disorders.

Kamut – is a type of specialty grain derived from an ancient Egyptian variety of wheat.  Kamut contains 22 percent of the recommended daily allowance of protein for the average adult and is rich in nutrients that are essential for good health, including dietary fiber, manganese, magnesium and niacin.

Moringa – a plant that is native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.  Moringa has many medical uses and is also used to reduce swelling, increase sex drive (as an aphrodisiac), boost the immune system, and increase breast milk production.

Oat – benefits include blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and digestion problems, as well as joint pain, fatigue, anxiety, and stress.

Wheat Grass – is a kind of grass that contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium, and amino acids.

Amaranth – a plant often used for ulcers, diarrhea, and swollen mouth and throat and to treat high cholesterol.

Chlorella – a type of algae that grows in fresh water. Chlorella can be used for preventing cancer, reducing radiation treatment side effects, stimulating the immune system, improving response to flu vaccine, increasing white blood cell counts (especially in people with HIV infection or cancer),preventing colds, protecting the body against toxic metals such as lead and mercury, and slowing the aging process.

Quinoa – Incan seed used for consumption for thousands of years.  Quinoa is rich in protein, fiber, iron, lysine, magnesium, ryboflavin, and manganese making this seed a superfood.

Sacha Inchi – edible seeds from a plant native from Peru used to lower cholesterol and for weight loss.

Spirulina – blue-green algae found in salt water and some large fresh water lakes generally used as a source of dietary protein, B-vitamins, and iron.

Non-GMO Fructose – or fruit sugar, is a simple monosaccharide found in many plants.

Natural Vanilla Flavor

Xanthan Gum – a sugar-like compound made by mixing aged (fermented) sugars with a certain kind of bacteria.

Stevia – is a plant that is native to South America and is best known as a source of natural sweetener.

 

 

Chocolate Shakeology Ingredients List and Benefits

Shakeology Ingredients Chocolate

Cacao – is a type of tropical tree that produces the raw chocolate and is packed with vitamins and antioxidants that make it almost a super food or natural multi-vitamin.

Whey protein – whey is one of the two proteins found in milk.  It is considered a complete protein and contains all nine of the essential amino acids.

Pea protein – protein derived from peas that is said to ease digestion, lack allergens, and contains essential amino acids for balancing and restoring nitrogen levels in muscles, promoting muscle metabolism and a healthy heart, maintain tissues, and may help prevent kidney disease.

Sprouted Brown Rice Protein – plant protein

Coconut Flower Nectar – is generally 100% raw, vegan, fat-free, low glycemic, guilt free, non-GMO, and gluten free.  It is used as a natural syrup or sweetener.

Maca root –  root of a radish relative that is grown in central Peru and is said to enhance energy, stamina, memory, fertility, and athletic performance.

Yacon root – peruvian root that is good for blood sugar management, cancer prevention, liver health and can be used in cooking.

Chia seed – seed native to Guatemala and Mexico that may help boost energy, stabilize blood sugar, aid digestion, and lower cholesterol.

Flax seed – a superfood that contains omega-3, fiber and lignans said to help fight heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer.

Sprouted Quinoa Seed – Incan seed used for consumption for thousands of years.  Quinoa is rich in protein, fiber, iron, lysine, magnesium, ryboflavin, and manganese making this seed a superfood.

Chlorella – a type of algae that grows in fresh water. Chlorella can be used for preventing cancer, reducing radiation treatment side effects, stimulating the immune system, improving response to flu vaccine, increasing white blood cell counts (especially in people with HIV infection or cancer),preventing colds, protecting the body against toxic metals such as lead and mercury, and slowing the aging process.

Spirulina – blue-green algae found in salt water and some large fresh water lakes generally used as a source of dietary protein, B-vitamins, and iron.

Acerola Cherry – rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, this fruit helps keep up your immune system and improve physical endurance.

Sacha Inchi – edible seeds from a plant native from Peru used to lower cholesterol and for weight loss.

Himalayan Salt – a couple of hundreds of millions of years ago, crystallized sea salt beds deep in the Himalayans were covered by lava.  Because of this, it is believed that pollutants could not reach the salt and this salt is some of the purest salt in the world.  This natural resource contains over 80 minerals and elements that can increase hydration, help prevent muscle cramping, strengthen bones, lower blood pressure, and improve circulation.

Camu-Camu – fruit that comes from a shrub grown in the rain forests in South America.  Some use camu-camu to increase energy and maintain healthy gums, eyes, and skin; and as an antioxidant and immune system stimulant.

Apple Pectin – Pectin is a fiber found in fruits and can be used for high cholesterol, high triglycerides, to prevent colon and prostate cancer, and diabetes.

Pomegranate – antioxidant rich fruit great for blood flow and can work to inhibit cancers.

Astragalus Root – type of herb that comes from a legume plant and helps to boost the immune system and fight heart disease.

Bilberry – fruit used to improve eyesight and can also be used as medication for several heart and blood related conditions.

Blueberry – popular fruit rich in antioxidants and have benefits for the nervous system, brain health, and improving memory.

Goji – berry found on a shrub in China.  This fruit has a list of possible benefits including mental well-being and calmness, athletic performance, happiness, quality of sleep, and feelings of good health.

Spinach – dark leafy green that is great for your skin and hair, bone health, and provides protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.

Acai – berry native to Central and South America rich in antioxidants.

Pea fiber – generally made from the seed coats of peas and serves as a dietary fiber.

MSM – or methylsulfonylmethane is a chemical found in plants, animals, and humans.  Said to be beneficial for bones and muscles, allergies, scar tissue and stretch marks, wrinkles, among many other things.

Ashwagandha – is a root used to help people deal with daily stress, arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, and backaches.

Cordyceps – is a fungus that originated on certain caterpillars in the high mountain regions of China that is now reproduced for supplements by man.  Used to treat coughs and respiratory conditions, kidney and liver disorders, weakness, and nighttime urination.

Enzyme Blend – Protease, Amylase, Bromelain, Cellulase, Lipase, Papain, Lactase.  Enzyme deficiencies can cause digestion problems, allergies, low energy, bloating, heartburn, fatigue, slow healing, excessive aging, constipation, and headaches.

Maitake Mushroom – these have been eaten as food for thousands of years in Asia and are used to treat cancer and the side affects of chemotherapy as well as chronic fatigue, hay fever, diabetes, high blood pressure, weight loss, and more.

Reishi Mushroom – a tough and often bitter tasting mushroom used to boost the immune system, viral infections, high blood pressure, kidney and liver disorders, stomach ulcers, insomnia, along with various other things.

Luo Han Guo or Monk Fruit – sweet fruit used by monks in Southern China for centuries for longevity, diabetes, and defeating cancers, heart disease and allergies.

Lactobacillus Sporogenes– beneficial bacteria more commonly known as a probiotic.  Helps with digestion and can boost the immune system.

Tulsi or Holy Basil – is a plant originally from India and is used to counter life’s stresses as well as many uses such as for the common cold, flu, diabetes, asthma, headaches, stomach ache, heart disease, and more.

Cinnamon Powder – comes from a tree and is used for upset stomach, diarrhea, infections, common cold, and the flu.

Citrus Bioflavonoids – are derived from fruits high in vitamin C, and they appear to act synergistically with the vitamin to neutralize free radicals. Bioflavonoids’ antioxidant properties are thought to be particularly beneficial for capillary strength.

Green Tea – leaf extract that is used to improve mental alertness and thinking.

Grape Seed – the extract contains antioxidants and can help improve many cardiovascular conditions.

Rose Hips – contains vitamin C and is used for cold, flu, and other vitamin C deficiencies.

Schisandra – is a fruit used as food and is used for increasing resistance to disease and stress, increasing energy, and increasing physical performance and endurance.

Sprouted Amaranth – a plant often used for ulcers, diarrhea, and swollen mouth and throat and to treat high cholesterol.

Barley – is used for lowering blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol, and for promoting weight loss. Some people use barley for increasing strength and endurance.

Ginkgo Biloba – is a herb from one of the longest living tree species in the world and has many uses such as memory loss, headache, ringing in the ears,vertigo, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and hearing disorders.

Kamut – is a type of specialty grain derived from an ancient Egyptian variety of wheat.  Kamut contains 22 percent of the recommended daily allowance of protein for the average adult and is rich in nutrients that are essential for good health, including dietary fiber, manganese, magnesium and niacin.

Moringa – a plant that is native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.  Moringa has many medical uses and is also used to reduce swelling, increase sex drive (as an aphrodisiac), boost the immune system, and increase breast milk production.

Oat – benefits include blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and digestion problems, as well as joint pain, fatigue, anxiety, and stress.

Wheat Grass – is a kind of grass that contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium, and amino acids.

Natural Sweetner Blend – non-gmo fructose and stevia.

Natural Chocolate Flavor

Xanthan Gum – a sugar-like compound made by mixing aged (fermented) sugars with a certain kind of bacteria.

Guar Gum – a fiber from the seed of the guar plant and is sometimes used for treating diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, reducing cholesterol; and preventing hardening of the arteries.

 

Final Notes

I am not a health care professional but I did take a lot of time to look all this stuff up so I may or may not be able to answer specific questions for you.  As with most things, if you have any concerns about consumption you should contact your doctor!

Click here if you want to buy the Shakeology mix.  For even more info from the company check out this chart of ingredients and benefits.

 

Disclosure: I am a team beach body coach, so I do benefit from you purchasing Shakeology from me but the purpose of this research was to be helpful and list all my findings.  I spent many hours putting this together and I drink Shakeology myself because I truly believe in the health benefits it gives me.

 

If you don’t have a coach and you are interested in Shakeology or a workout challenge (P90X, T25, Insanity, Brazilian Butt, etc) I would love for you to join my group.  Just message me!

 

 

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