Dr. Steven Gundry MD Reviews

Dr. Steven Gundry MD
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Dr. Steven Gundry has created an incredibly popular health business that includes a wide range of supplements, food products, and publications.  

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 such as The Paleo Diet which 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 GundryMD.com.  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 the Gundry MD Vital Reds, which helps maintain high energy levels and a fast metabolism, the Gundry MD Prebiothrive, which reduces cravings for sweets and junk foods, helps with weight managements and improves digestion; and Gundry MD Primal Plants, which works to promote healthier and more youthful skin from the inside out.

Some of the company's newest releases 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, though 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, so 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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Dr. Steven Gundry MD Customer Reviews

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Your assessment to date
August 13, 2022

To bring you up to date only rec'd the product 10 days ago;

no fault on your end. Canada Post directed our package to another address and as a result package delayed almost 2 weeks. To date I noticed some good results, but I am constipated on most occasions ; wandering if this is normal

at the start .I don't know if this is a good omen but my hemorrhoids are not as pronounce as in the past .Overall

I am pleased with the results to date . Gerald

robust flavor it brings to food
August 13, 2022
I've had a great experience with this product for cooking , it brings out the flavor of zucchini and tomatoes especially . The flavor is also robust on grilling steaks. In salads it brings out the flavors of the oil mixed with red wine vinegar, they seem to complement each other. Thanks so much for this healthy and tasteful olive oil. Sincerely Monika Vincent

Not sure just yet….
August 13, 2022

Honesty, it’s hard to rate this product at this time. Honestly, I have only been on it for a week. I have noticed however, that my bowel movements are hard, and sometimes I feel a little constipated.

Solving a Gerd Situation
August 12, 2022
I put Vital Reds in my morning smoothie, which consists of lettuce, fennel, celery, avocado, mint and water. The addition of Vital Reds turns it into the most delicious refreshing drink. I am finding ways to reverse GERD. This drink helps and Vital Reds gives it and me oomph!

Protection of the product
August 12, 2022

I was very happy with the olive oil. Great flavor and quality.

I just have a complaint: I order three bottles and one was broken. The reason for this is that the bottles are not well protected. They just came in a simple box without cushion.

These bottles are not cheap and I don’t want to spend money and then find out that they are broken.

Vital Reds Revitalized Me!
August 12, 2022
After adding Vital Reds to my daily routine, I've noticed that I have more energy throughout the day. I've had a few medical procedures and have had RAPID healing following each one. I feel that my brain is less foggy and I'm able to stay on task without effort.

I do not take it in the evening just because it is an energy booster and I want to be sure I will get a good sleep
August 12, 2022

I have been taking Vital Reds for more than 3 years now

I rely on it for a great energy boost to start my day and when I don’t have it I notice the difference. I also find a good way to ensure my hydration and curb over eating by taking it first thing in the morning.

The Best
August 12, 2022
The difference between this and all the other store bought brands that we have used became instantly obvious!

Vital Reds tastes good and easy to mix.
August 12, 2022
Vital Reds tastes good and easy to mix. It boosts my energy and gives me an all over feeling of well being. I've been using both Vital Reds and Primal Plants (alternating daily) for at least 5 years.

Polyphenols give Taste & Flavor to all your Meals & Salads
August 12, 2022
Gave Popcorn & regular meals a new taste & flavor!

Flavourful results.
August 12, 2022
I love the flavour of the vital reds mixed in with my carrot, sweet potato and ginger juice each morning and the bonus is the feel of my skin and the disappearing blemishes in it. My wife has seen the results and taken to making a drink each morning too.

More energy and better digestion
August 12, 2022
I love vital reds. More energy and Better digestion.

Gundry MD
August 11, 2022

I like the taste and had a doctor’s appointment and took it with me, she liked it and said keep taking it.

I’m trying to keep my weight down...
August 11, 2022

I don’t always have the right combination of berries berries to have each day. Vital reds meets those needs.

When I first tried them I thought them too sweet but I’m used to them now!

I’m trying to keep my weight down so the calorie count is much less than eating fresh berries.

Vital Reds a God Send
August 11, 2022
Vital Reds has been a God send for my digestive tract. Bloating and gas are almost gone and constipation issues are far less frequent.

Pro Plant and Total Restore
August 11, 2022

I just started using the olive oil a couple weeks ago. I take a "shot" in a shot glass every evening. I can't really review the olive oil at this time BUT I have been drinking Pro Plant in my smoothies every morning and take Total Restore two or three times a day. LOVE them. I went away and accidentally left a whole piece of luggage that had my Pro Plant in it at home, boy, did I feel the difference, not having it each morning! The shakes keep me very regular every day and helps me with my energy. Plus it tastes good!

Vital Reds Works
August 11, 2022
I have seen a big difference in my overall health since taking vital reds. Great energy, better mental alertness, clearer skin, no more racing heart.

Looking and Feeling Younger Using Vital Reds!
August 10, 2022
I've been using Vital Reds for about a year and have been really impressed with the results. I used to feel like I was in a fog much of the day, that lifted about week into using Vital Reds. My bloodwork was often borderline good and at the last checkup my doctor was extremely please, he said, "I wish I had your blood." I listen to all my peers talk about their digestion and health issues and I just quietly nod because while I can sympathize I cannot relate, my health is great. I also sleep for 7 or 8 hours at a stretch without waking up. Finally, I look in the mirror and my skin looks fresh, smooth and even and I do not have dark circles under my eyes. People are surprised when they hear my age. I was skeptical at first when I heard the claims but I am a true believer now, Vital Reds is my secret fountain of youth!

August 10, 2022
Love this stuff, give the energy I need to get through my busy days. Delicious and mixes wonderfully.

Nightmare Customer Service!
August 9, 2022

I have PARKINSONS disease. On the website I mistakenly bought 9 bottles and some, the website is a scam. I called my doctor right away. HE DISAPPROVED OF ME TAKING THIS BIO3. I called Dr. Gundry customer service within 2hrs of purchase.

Hung up after 1hr waiting to talk to someone. Emailed instead and they said, sorry we sympathize but your order is fulfilled and we can only offer 40% refund!!

I am sick and my cognitive behavior can cause impulse and I tremor. I have PARKINSONS, and they refuse to cancel my order after I spoke to my doctor.

PLEASE DO NOT ORDER FROM THEM. they are a NIGHTMARE to deal with and everything Dr. Gundry says about caring for his patients is a LIE. He discovered BIG PHARMA makes more money then him so he changed careers and followed the money !!! PLEASE LISTEN THEY DON'T CARE!