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Gundry MD Review: A Detailed Look

Reviewopedia staff  -  Updated:  July 12, 2023

Gundry MD
is a brand of nutritional supplements, food products, and publications created by Dr. Steven Gundry.

Building off his early success as a doctor with a long list of credentials he has catapulted to the status of celebrity doc.

This reputation was furthered when it was revealed that pop singer Kelly Clarkson accredited her weight loss to some of his advice.

However, this rise has not come without its share of controversy, with many critics questioning his health and wellness advice and accusing him of building wealth from the sale and aggressive promotion of his branded products.

Below we’ll take a look at some of his products, his wellness philosophy, and try to answer whether you should be purchasing his myriad products or not.


'Holobiotics' is the phrase Dr. Gundry created for the diet and lifestyle choices people must make in order to bring their microbe ratio back into balance in order to lose weight and improve their health.

According to his theory of  'Holobiotics', the human body is dominated by different kinds of microbes.

Some of these microbes are 'good' while others are 'bad', and unfortunately most people choose a diet and lifestyle that suppresses their good microbes and increases the growth and multiplication of bad microbes.

This loss of microbe balance eventually throws off the wellness balance of your whole body. 

All products sold on Gundry MD have this goal in mind, as do his 'Diet Evolution' and 'The Longevity Paradox' books.


Dr. Steven Gundry has authored 4 books that have outlined his views on health and what he believes are the underlying causes of many people’s ailments.  

They include:

  • Dr Gundry’s Diet Evolution: Turn off the Genes That Are Killing You and Your Waistline
  • The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in ‘Healthy’ Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain
  • The Plant Paradox Cookbook: 100 Delicious Recipes to Help You Lose Weight, Heal Your Gut, and Live Lectin-Free
  • Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age

Gundry’s Plant Paradox Diet

It was in his book “The Plant Paradox” that he laid out the ideas that he has become most associated with. 

In it he claimed that Lectins, a common plant protein, are the cause of much damage to the gut wall causing intestinal distress and inflammation and ultimately leading to other issues in the body.

He’s not the first to suggest these concepts and they’re also the basis of many modern diets.

For example, the "Paleo Diet" calls for eliminating gluten and some lectin-containing foods in an effort to prevent “leaky gut", a breakdown of the intestinal lining caused by inflammatory foods.

The controversy is that he focuses specifically on Lectins and suggests that we should avoid eating foods that have been traditionally promoted as staples of a healthy diet such as beans, brown rice, nuts, tomatoes, quinoa and many others.

He also advocates for finding ways to incorporate fasting into your life to help your gut reset. Another principal heavily promoted by gurus of the Paleo/Keto diets.

Opponents of his books argue that he has not provided enough scientific evidence to back up his claims.  

Some also argue that whatever benefit may be had by cutting out lectin from your diet is not worth the potential loss of nutrients from not eating those foods.

What Does Gundry Say You Should Eat?

An example of some of the foods recommended includes:

  • Pasture-raised meats
  • Pasture-raised eggs
  • Wild-caught seafood
  • Vegetables (leafy greens, broccoli, celery, onions)
  • Kimchi
  • Sauerkraut
  • In-season fruits (berries, cherries, apples, nectarines, peaches, and others)
  • Green bananas
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Jicama
  • Olive oil
  • Avocados
  • Almond milk (unsweetened, organic)
  • Grain substitutes: Millet, White rice, Sorghum

What Are The 3 Foods Dr Gundry Says to Avoid?

This is the title of many of his marketing videos which try to entice viewers into watching a long presentation, the end result of which is a sales pitch to one of his products.

The foods he is referring to fall in these categories:

  • Nightshades: tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes and peppers
  • Beans and legumes: Including soy and peanuts
  • Grains: especially quinoa and brown rice

Gundry MD Supplements

To complement his beliefs, Gundry sells a range of supplements, branded ‘Gundry MD’ and found at

His product line is vast and covers everything from supplements, skin care, hair care, various food items, and even dog food.

Each individual product page will provide customers with a full description of how to use the product, the benefits they can expect from regular use, and a full list of ingredients so customers can tell in advance if they have any sensitivities or known side effects.

The most popular supplements are:

  • Gundry MD Vital Reds  -  intended to help maintain high energy levels and a fast metabolism.

  • Gundry MD Prebiothrive  -  aims to reduce cravings for sweets and junk foods, help with weight management, and improve digestion.


Some of the company's other products include:

Refund Policy & Customer Service

Gundry MD offers a 90-Day money back return policy (starting on the date of purchase) on all products purchased through their website.

This policy does not apply when you purchase their products from third-party seller (such as Amazon), and does not cover shipping costs.

Customer Service is available at their phone number 800-852-0477, by email at [email protected], or by submitting them directly to their website through their Contact link.

Competitors and Alternatives

There is no shortage of health and wellness books, diet-plans, nutritional supplements, and skincare products available on the market.

Customers looking for alternatives will really need to consider what it is they are specifically looking for before finding an appropriate alternative to Gundry MD.

However, before paying money for supplements and various health products you can also explore several diets closely related to what Dr. Gundry recommends such as the Paleo diet or the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP).

Both focus on cutting out highly processed foods, gluten, sugary foods, and inflammation causing veggies.  

If you’re still experiencing intestinal discomfort or other gastro issues you can take it one step further and try a strict elimination diet protocol - with the goal being to find the exact foods that may be causing you distress.

Is Dr Steven Gundry a Quack?

Prospective customers sometimes wonder whether Dr Gundry is a scam or quack due to some of the health claims he makes. 

While he does have impressive medical credentials, if you search online reviews of his products you’ll come across very mixed opinions.  

There are many customers reporting that they feel taken advantage of financially or that the products they purchased did not provide any of the advertised results.

This is supported by some of the company's aggressive  marketing efforts and constant upselling of products, prompting many complaints accusing them of just trying to make money.

On the other hand you’ll find proponents of his books and products arguing the opposite, that what he recommends in the Paradox Diet has helped them lose weight and alleviate some of their digestive issues, arguing that it is the standard American diet which is causing more harm than his products.

It’s also important to note that highly restrictive diets can have negative consequences in the amount of stress and anxiety they cause around food, ultimately undoing any benefit they would have provided.

We recommend a low risk approach to his products, you may want to try out his diet recommendations first before purchasing any of the supplements.

If you have any experience with Dr. Steven Gundry MD or their products, please leave your reviews below.

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Gundry MD Customer Reviews

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Worthless and Fake he’s made a fortune now he’s untouchable
September 26, 2023
I fell for it and they got me for about $500. It is a total 100% scam from my experience. They doubled my online order “by accident” and changed my card the full amount for both orders, I called customer support about the mix up and after a very long hold a pleasant young lady assured me that all I needed to do was return the extra merchandise (I am responsible to pay shipping both ways) and the refund would show up on my card between 30 to 60 days. She actually laughed a few times while assisting me and she also advised me that I would end up needing the doubled order anyway because the best results occurre over a longer period of time. I kept them and took the probiotics as directed for 120 days with absolutely zero results.. not even a slight placebo in the beginning etc. I could have bought an awful lot of sauerkraut for $500, what a rip off. The best probiotics you can get are in organic plant based foods.

Love this Product, Service and Company
September 18, 2023
The range of products and quality are outstanding....these types of products are not available anywhere else. I have purchased for many years...very satisfied

Avoiding lectins is important!
September 17, 2023

I am following Dr Gundry’s recommended diet and recipes by avoiding lectins… I have lost 3 kg in the past 6 weeks, have much more energy and my gut health has improved tremendously.. I will be doing my 3 month blood marker tests soon and will let you know exactly what the improvement in my blood is.

This is not an easy diet to follow as it requires a huge lifestyle change and perseverance. So if you are lazy to cook or want instant results, don’t try it! I don’t believe that by only taking his recommended supplements alone, without a diet adjustment will cure your gut.

You can’t follow a unhealthy diet and expect his supplements to be an instant cure, that’s ridiculous!

Good products but good luck getting them shipped to you.
September 16, 2023

I am a Canadian biologist and a veterinarian well educated in nutrition and life sciences. The products, in my experience, are generally effective and a great benefit to my aging health. I have used many of his products for several years and I attribute them to contributing positively to my overall health. The only problem I have had with Dr. Gundry stems from his shippers and customer service. The are completely incompetent. for more than a year, approaching 2 years, they are unable to put my correct and complete address on the shipping labels. It doesn't matter that the address listed in my account, nor the address I use to place the order, is my correct and complete address. I don't know where the shipper's are taking my address from to make the shipping label but it is incorrect. Not even the city is correct. They said they don't change the addresses but I have never given them the address they frequently use, which is wrong and incomplete. I Know, from a customer service reps comments, that the incorrect city name originated from there. It is costing them thousands of dollars in replacement shipments for lost shipments which they have been good about. Their customer service department has been completely incompetent in correcting the problem well in excess of a year. I do not have this problem with any other suppliers. It is astounding at how incompetent they are. Their system is so bogged down they can't even put a correct and complete shipping address on a shipping label. I have refrained from using derogatory words to describe the situation but the only thing I have left to describe this phenomenon is stupid, stupid beyond belief. It seems the "The Peter Principle" is alive and well in Steven Gundry's customer service department and shipping department.


What works what doesn't work so far
September 16, 2023
I have not purchased any of his supplements but I have read two of his books. For the last six or seven weeks I've been trying to follow his suggested diet and have been 75% successful in making the changes. I have eliminated Dairy, sugar, nightshade vegetables, NSAID s , beef and chicken. I have added Olive oil, nuts, fish, allowable fruit. I do not see any change in the thickness of my skin, age spots, nor vitality. But what has changed is my arthritis pain. I have had arthritis for about 15 years and with any kind of physical activity I wear braces on my knees, and suffer back pain. About 2 weeks after starting the new regimen my pain disappeared and I have been pain-free for well over a month. That has never happened before.

September 13, 2023

A total Quack! Always says avoid these 3 things , don’t eat this or the other with a video to follow and never gets to the point. Just wants to sell you something!

Totally a BS artist!

Old time Patent Medicine Man!!

MajellaDennis September 13, 2023

But you haven't actually bought and taken any of his products?

September 6, 2023

I used Dr. Gundry's Daily Weight Advantage supplement for several months consistently and according to the directions; however, it did absolutely NOTHING for me.

I attempted to contact them several times by phone, and after holding for almost thirty minutes each time, I tried an "online chat" as they encourage you to do via a recording, while holding on the phone.

The online chat was a total joke as I was told by "Danny," the person with whom I "online" chatted, that in order to receive a refund, I would need to return the items for a full inspection, OR I could receive a 30% refund without returning anything providing the orders were sent to me within the last 90 days.

I truly believed Dr. Gundry was a legitimate and ethical doctor, but now I have serious doubts about him and his "health products."

My personal belief is that his products are a total scam.

JudyWalters September 18, 2023

I agree. When calling customer service, I am forced to listen to a "special offer" I am not interested in. If I don't want to participate, I am told to hang up or am simply cut off. Attempts to go through web portal was a joke. Doesn't work. He is making a lot of money off desperate people. I think his products should not be called "health" products but rather "wealth" products...for him at our expense... I'm done with him.

Carcinogenic ingredients
August 25, 2023
This is just marketing trick. Don't trust him. His products have carcinogenic ingredients that causes cancer. I bough lots of products to test and when I found out about this I tried to return and they just refuse to return. Terrible experience. Be careful. Don't drink everything he claimed is good.

Beware when ordering Gundry products
August 23, 2023

No more gut pain after taking Gundry's bio-complete pre/pro/post biotic. However, I felt scammed when I thought I was ordering 1 bottle and ended up with 4 bottles for $200 instead of 1 bottle for $50.

It happened again when I tried to order 1 bottle of Total Restore. For this reason I call Gundry's products a scam.

Best Supplements on the market by far
July 27, 2023
Amazing. Huge Benefits. Every month I keep adding different supplements of Dr. Gundry. Everyone I add has had profound changes to my health, energy and well being. I only wish I started taking them earlier. I am a life long customer and tell everyone that I know. Thank you,

KarenBenoit August 01, 2023

Great results! I was waking up with daily heartburn. The only medical help for that is acid reducers; that’s not my idea for help! So with nothing to lose, I altered my diet by eliminating grains, GMOs, legumes, and reducing fruits. So far, I’ve only added 1 of Gundry’s probiotics to my diet and it has been a game changer! I’m thrilled that last 2 days I have zero heartburn (been on it for over one week).My ultimate goal is to calm my immune system as I have several autoimmune diseases. For certain, it’s easier to breathe. Can’t wait to see what else improves!As a teacher, I see more and more students that have the same health issues as myself and I think Dr. Gundry just might have hit the target. Yes, some students share their blood work with me and Round-up has been found in their blood!For certain, we need to take off our blindfolds to examine how we are altering our foods and connect the dots to our overall health as a nation.I’m grateful that Dr. Gundry is taking steps towards helping folks like myself!

Dr. G's EVOO adds great flavor and texture to salads/smoothies
July 27, 2023

Dr. Gundry's olive oil while expensive, has a great flavor and I add it to my salad's and smoothies (adds nice smooth texture to them).

It's hard to comment on the weight loss factor, because I'm also taking his MCT powder in my shakes, and intermittent fasting for my cancer. Overall I'm down 27 lbs. in 3 1/2 months.

Getting back to my vibrant self and hair is looking good!!
July 27, 2023
In such a short time I'm seeing amazing internal and physical improvements. I've just gone through several ortho injuries and surgeries, these past few months. Being in my senior years doesn't actually help either. I'm feeling strong and healthy. I wake up refreshed and ready to get on with my days. My fluid retention issues are very minimal and get resolved, it seems, over a good night's sleep and within a 24 hour period. It is so good to feel my vibrant self again! Thank you.

July 27, 2023
I mix it the night before and put it in the refrigerator over night so it's cold in the morning - makes a great start-the-day beverage. Usually have a small cup of coffee with only a 0 cal syrup sweetener - no cream or sugar. I'm now 80. I was about 215 when I started this routine a few months back and I'm trending below 190 now!! It has been a slow painless process that has not required me to change my life. It'd be nice if it was less expensive, but 'ain't nothing cheap any more'.

MCT wellness
July 27, 2023
Easy to prolong and intensify ketosis. MCT medium chain oil is oil I don’t like oily coffee or tea but MCT wellness I love because consuming MCT wellness in coffee feels like a treat first thing in the morning.. tastes like real raspberry look forward to drink with my tea. The only reason I knowingly skip because I will run low.

MCT Wellness, Vital Reds, Vital Recharge
July 26, 2023
I have asthma and am 76 yrs old! I been using MCT Wellness for close to 10 yrs now and I do use asthma medications. But I’ve not had pneumonia or much of any serious allergies reactions since I moved to my current location which is in a wooded area, with tons of pine pollen, I even have a cat now and a mini doxie and I don’t react to them especially the cat! I haven’t had a house cat in 30 years as I’ve been so allergic ! I do use the MCT Wellness every day with Vital Reds and Vital Recharge!

This oil really works
July 26, 2023
I was having gut issues and since I have been taking the oil each day, my issues continue to improve and I have been able to stop taking medication. I take one tablespoon in early morning and one tablespoon right before bed. The taste is a little strong for me so I choose to mix it in 2 ounces of apple juice. After taking it now for a couple months, my taste buds have adjusted to the taste and now I can take it straight without mixing it in juice. I also use it on top of salads. I really feel it works well and plan to continue to take it everyday so I signed up for auto ship so I can be sure I don’t run out.

Flavor is good, ingredients helpful.
July 26, 2023
Useful as supplement in homemade sorbet or smoothy.

These supplements are the real deal, try them because they work.
July 26, 2023
As a precursor to my review I have to state that I am a 71 year old man who is still recovering from a hemorrhagic stroke which required a craniotomy and have also had quintuple bypass surgery. I am trying several of Dr Gundry's products including Lectin Shield, total restore, MCT Wellness and active advantage. I feel wonderful. My blood pressure is down, my digestion is fabulous and my energy is great. I combine these supplements with regular exercise (walking and weights), and I feel years younger. I would highly recommend trying Lectin Shield and the other Gundry products. When I meet people they are ALWAYS surprised at my age, they are shocked really. You are what you eat, is an age-old saying, I think now how you supplement what you eat is just as important. Try it, it works.

Vital Reds is a terrific product.
July 25, 2023
Vital reds have greatly reduced my brain fog. I have more energy. I have also been following the 30 day plant paradox plan. I have lost 37 pounds. This makes it easier to walk for sure.

Vital Reds
July 25, 2023

It is a bit early for me to review, as I am interested in losing belly fat and have not been taking the product long enough. I do have to say that it tastes great in my smoothies, and I have high hopes that it is doing me good.