About Gundry MD Primal Plants

Gundry MD Primal Plants is an apple-flavored supplement that promises to deliver an “authentic solution” to your facial redness. Not just this, but Gundry MD claims Primal Plants is also effective for addressing discoloration, age spots, blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, ingrown hairs, dry patches, and—in some cases—premature aging.

How? Using only 100% natural ingredients, this “revolutionary, cutting-edge” formula is designed to target your skin problems from the inside out. Packed with polyphenol-rich superfruits and other ingredients, Primal Plants also claims to provide improved digestive health, faster metabolism, younger-looking skin, boosted energy, healthier cholesterol levels, and more.

According to Gundry MD, all you have to do is mix one scoop of Primal Plants into the beverage of your choice, and drink one glass per day on a consistent basis. Doing this, you might feel a “distinctive and noticeable charge of energy” as soon as the first day, although maximum results will manifest over the course of 2-3 weeks.

Despite Primal Plants’ ability to solve your “frustrating skin issues,” it comes with no reported side effects.

Facial redness or other chronic skin issues can be devastating to your self-esteem, so you’re here to find out if Primal Plants is the real deal. In other words, have you finally found something that works, or is the company only targeting your emotions? We’ll help you find out.

What Causes Facial Redness?

While millions of people suffer from facial redness, not everyone’s symptoms are triggered by the same underlying cause.

In other words, similar to asking “what causes a headache,” there can be dozens (or even hundreds) of different causes of facial redness, also known as flushed complexion, including rosacea, acne, hormone fluctuations as a result of menopause, certain diseases like lupus, medical conditions like hyperthyroidism and anxiety, and much more. And as you might imagine, each of these conditions likely involves a different treatment approach.

However, Gundry MD claims their Primal Plants supplement can address your facial redness, apparently regardless of the cause. In fact, Primal Plants’ promo video indicates that the supplement has been proven to reduce facial redness by up to 77% in one month, regardless of your skin type.

Does the clinical evidence for Primal Plants’ ingredients support these claims?

Are Primal Plants’ Ingredients Clinically Proven?

Based on Primal Plants’ label, here’s what we’re told it contains:

Of these ingredients, taking thiamin by mouth may help “correct metabolic disorders associated with genetic diseases,” although there’s no evidence it can boost metabolism.

Niacin (1,200 to 3,000mg per day), selenium, citrus pectin, and berberine (when taking 500mg twice daily for three months) may be effective for reducing some measure of cholesterol. However, for selenium, the data appears to be of questionable quality.

Vitamin B6 and folate might help reduce high blood pressure, biotin may address a specific type of rash (seborrheic dermatitis) in infants, and bitter melon may help reduce blood sugar and ease some gastrointestinal problems.

Capros is a proprietary ingredient manufactured by Natreon that’s claimed to provide cardiovascular support. The company provides a handful of studies to back up their claims, although it’s important to keep in mind that a few studies doesn’t mean something is clinically proven.

Finally, as we’ve discussed on many occasions, probiotics are well understood to help balance digestion, reduce bloating and gassiness, and even boost immune function. For more, be sure to read Probiotics 101.

Outside of these, there doesn’t appear to be sufficient evidence that any of Primal Plants’ ingredients can provide any other reliable benefits. Gundry MD also doesn’t provide any evidence to support their “proven to reduce facial redness by up to 77%” claim.

Are There Any Potential Primal Plants Side Effects?

While they might not provide the “revolutionary” benefits claimed by the company, the positive news is that you likely won’t experience anything worse than mild digestive upset from Primal Plants’ ingredients. Assuming you experience anything at all, that is.

However, flushing (the very thing you’re trying to get rid of) is a common side effect related to niacin. Probiotics can also temporarily cause gassiness, which should balance out within a few days of regular use.

Lastly, selenium might not be safe for long-term use. Here’s how WebMD puts it: “Poisoning from long-term use is similar to arsenic poisoning, with symptoms including hair loss, white horizontal streaking on fingernails, nail inflammation, fatigue, irritability, nausea, vomiting, garlic breath odor, and a metallic taste.”

Hold on a second, though. What about the polyphenols mentioned repeatedly in the Primal Plants video?

Are Polyphenols Good for You?

Technically, polyphenols are “secondary metabolites of plants [that] are generally involved in defense against ultraviolet radiation or aggression by pathogens.” Some fruits, like grapes, apple, pear, cherries, and berries are especially high in polyphenols, which are thought to contribute to their “bitterness, astringency, color, flavor, [and] odor.”

Over the past several years, polyphenols have been studied for their ability to deliver antioxidants to humans, which could help fight free radicals, thought to cause diseases like cancer. Other common antioxidants you likely consume regularly include vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, beta-carotene, and more.

Now, the important thing to remember here is that, while consuming antioxidants (whether derived from polyphenols or other substances) can certainly be beneficial to your health, eating more doesn’t necessarily translate into better health. This is because, as WebMD puts it, “Benefits depend on how the food's antioxidants are absorbed and utilized in the body.”

How Much Does Primal Plants Cost?

Gundry MD’s Primal Plants supplement is available in the following quantities:

  • 1 Jar: $46.99
  • 3 Jars: $125.97
  • 6 Jars: $233.94

Important note: These prices were pulled from InnerSkinFix.com. However, another Gundry URL indicated the price was $99, although both images referenced a 5.2oz jar.

Regardless, all Gundry MD orders come with free U.S. shipping and a 90-day satisfaction guarantee, less S&H. In order to request a refund, customer support can be reached at (800) 852-0477.

The reality is that you’d probably pay just about any price to end your facial redness or other skin problems. Is this what Primal Plants’ customers are experiencing?

Are Primal Plants Customers Leaving Positive Online Reviews?

As is the case for many of the nutritional supplements we review, Primal Plants was a brand new product without any customer feedback at the time of writing.

Fortunately, we’ve reviewed several of Gundry MD’s other products, including Vital Reds, Correct + Calm Redness Relief, and Lectin Shield. Overall, HighYa readers seem pleased with their purchases, with common compliments referencing effective results (increased energy, reduced redness and cholesterol, etc.) and great taste.

On the other hand, what few complaints there were seemed to cite failure to experience results and billing concerns. The company appeared to respond directly to many of these complaints.

We’ve already given you a lot to think about when it comes to Primal Plants, but let’s provide a few more key points as we wrap things up.

Should Gundry MD Primal Plants Be Your First Choice for Skin Problems?

As someone who’s suffered from eczema as long as I can remember (not to mention ultra-sensitive skin and frequent flushing), I can empathize with much of the pain and embarrassment that led you here today. But have you found a solution to this very real problem with Primal Plants?

On one hand, like many of Gundry MD’s other products, it seems that the available clinical evidence doesn’t directly support many of the company’s claims for Primal Plants. And for those that are supported, it seems like the supplement’s ingredients might be most effective for reducing cholesterol—not for reducing facial flushing or addressing any other skin concerns.

On the other hand, it seems like most customers (at least among those who took the time to leave a review) are highly pleased with their results, clinical substantiation aside.

Where does this leave you? If you feel like giving Primal Plants a try, you can always take advantage of the company’s 90-day refund policy, although you’ll lose a few bucks in S&H in the process. Before you do, there are a couple more things we think it’s important to address:

Are Primal Plants’ Marketing Messages Mixed Up?

We made it about 30 minutes of the way through the Primal Plants promo video before moving on, but we noticed in several places that the narrator referenced topical probiotics (specifically, Bonicel and “eight additional ingredients”). However, Primal Plants doesn’t contain Bonicel or any other topical probiotics, so it seems the video was referencing their Correct + Calm cream instead.

Given this, we can’t be sure which marketing claims are supposed to apply to Correct + Calm, and which are intended for Primal Plants. After all, outside of this video, neither Primal Plants websites referenced anything other than boosting “skin health”—no facial flushing or other types of skin problems.

Is Primal Plants Meaningfully Different Than Vital Reds?

If you compare the Primal Plants and Vital Reds formulations side-by-side, you’ll find that the only differences are:

  1. Their superfood blends (different food-based antioxidants, which, as we discussed previously, might not provide any better benefits), as well as
  2. Primal Plants’ addition of a Heart Health blend, which only involves a single proprietary ingredient.

Despite these relatively minor differences, they’re advertised as addressing vastly different conditions.

Can You Trust Dr. Steven Gundry?

Prior to developing his line of skincare products and supplements, Dr. Steven Gundry worked within the medical field for more than three decades, including as a heart surgeon, inventor, and most recently, founder of The Center for Restorative Medicine.

Dr. Gundry also authored the best-selling book titled Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution: Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing You and Your Waistline, and he appears to have positive online patient feedback.

Did you use Gundry MD’s Primal Plants supplement? Did it deliver any benefits—skin-related or otherwise? Whatever happened, give us the inside scoop by writing a review below!

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48 Customer Reviews for Gundry MD Primal Plants

Average Customer Rating: 4.4
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 31 4 stars: 11 3 stars: 2 2 stars: 2 1 stars: 2
Bottom Line: 90% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed in the product

    I was really looking forward to trying Primal Plants. I watched the videos, listened to Dr. Gundry's philosophy and was a true optimistic believer. However, I am sadly disappointed in the product. My skin has not improved and has, in fact, formed a few new cystic bumps.

    I actually really like the taste of the product and was so hoping that it would work. I would try it again for a full cycle, but due to the expense of the product, I'm not willing to risk it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Noticeable benefits

    I am very pleased with the product. I noticed an immediate improvement in energy and a sense of wellbeing within the first few days of using the product. I like the Apple flavor of Primal Plants in many different beverages. I have tried it in plain water and in coffee or milk, and it tastes great. I especially like it in the Slim Fast type diet drinks. It tastes very good in the Vanilla, Strawberry and especially Chocolate flavor drinks.

    I am on my second jar of Primal Plants, and I have also noticed an improvement in my complexion.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 25 out 29 people found this review helpful

    Doesn't work for everyone

    I have been taking Primal Plants for five weeks. It was promoted as a product for improving digestion and heart health, boosting energy, losing weight and improving the appearance of your skin.

    I did experience some initial boost in my energy level, but it did not last past the first week. The appearance of my skin did improve. It had been dry and scaly for years, and the dryness has almost completely disappeared.

    It did not improve digestion but caused such severe constipation that even laxatives do not allow me to completely empty my bowel. Rather than loosing weight, I gained five pounds.

    As for heart health, my blood pressure has gone from 123/75 to 180/94. I do not know if my cholesterol has improved, but the rise in blood pressure suggests it's doing more harm than good.

    I have discontinued use and will not be trying any other products from Gundy MD. It may work as advertised for others, but it does not work for me.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Apr 20, 2017

      Gundry MD Customer Support, Customer Advocate, Gundry MD

      Hello Connie, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of your experience with Primal Plants. I am sorry to hear that the product did not give you the benefits that you had anticipated. While most of our customers love this product and see great results from it, we realize that it is not for everyone. I would be more than happy to issue you a full refund for giving our products a fair trial. Please email me personally at aria@gundrymd.com, so that I can assist you with this. Thank you Connie, I look forward to hearing from you.

    • May 10, 2017

      Ted Milito

      I would like to know what the prices are. It seems that there is a $99.00 price and $59.00 price. Then I noticed a price less than that on the Primal Plants. So what is it, and is there a number where you can order?If it does not work, I will return it.

    • May 12, 2017

      Marisa

      Hi. I am having awful gas and cystic acne on my face. Could it be from this?

    • May 13, 2017

      Claire ibrahim

      I've been using Vital Reds, and it is the same for me.

    • May 16, 2017

      Connie Vogler

      If it's causing problems with your digestive system, I'd suggest you quit taking it immediately. I wanted to give it a fair chance to work and almost two months after I stopped taking it. My digestive system is still not back to normal. They are very good about giving you a refund. I'd suggest you keep your empty containers. They will even refund for partially used or empty packages as long as you return the empty bottle to them.

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  • 11 out 13 people found this review helpful

    No skin improvements, but increased energy

    • Phoenix, AZ,
    • Apr 5, 2017

    I ordered the Primal Plants green blend because I am 34 years old and have been having severe breakouts still on my face. I did not even have this bad of acne or breakouts in high school!

    The product did not worsen nor lessen the skin issues I purchased it for. However, I would recommend it for overall health. I suffer from long-term depression, mood swings, and anxiety. It increased energy and an overall sense of well-being, but it did not change my anxiety levels. Nor was it a magic solution for the depression, but it did make me feel slightly better, probably because I was getting more vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, etc., that are good for your overall health.

    Based on that alone, I would recommend it, but at a lower price point though.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Apr 20, 2017

      Gundry MD Customer Support, Customer Advocate, Gundry MD

      Hello Lisa, Aria here with Gundry MD. Thank you for leaving us your valuable feedback on your experience with Primal Plants. I am glad to hear that the product gave you some of the benefits that you were looking for. While most of our customers’ experience benefits in the first few weeks, we always advise you try the product for one to two months to give it a fair trial. I’d be happy to issue you a full refund just for taking the time to try our products. Please feel free to email me directly at aria@gundrymd.com, if you have any further comments or questions. Thank you Lisa.

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  • 20 out 23 people found this review helpful

    Thanks but no thanks

    • Queens, New York,
    • Apr 1, 2017

    I purchased the Prebiothrive and the Primal Plants Green Superfruit Blend combo back in February of 2017 (three containers of each), so my son and I could experience all the wonderful health benefits Dr. Gundy said we would.

    We are on the last bottle and took it religiously daily, but I'm in a quandary as I haven't experienced any weight loss or had any pre-existing digestion issues to compare the lack of results to. It wasn't the worst experience, but I felt like if I did my usual green juice and general vitamins/mineral supplements, I would have been no better or worse off, but have saved some bucks.

    I'm indifferent and definitely not re-ordering, especially after reading your spot on review of the contents vs. Gundry's claims. Thanks for creating a safe space to be candid.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Apr 11, 2017

      Gundry MD Customer Support, Customer Advocate, Gundry MD

      Hello Avery, Aria here with Gundry MD. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I am sorry to hear that you did not see the benefits you had hoped for with our product. While a majority of our customers love the products, we realize that they are not for everyone. I would like to thank you for giving our product a fair trial, and I would be more than happy to issue you a full refund. Please email me directly at aria@gundrymd.com, so that I can personally assist you with your refund.

      Thank you Avery, I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Apr 23, 2017

      Rozena Mahar

      I am using the Vital Reds and Primal Plants, but I hope to buy the prebiotic.

      My problem is that at the end of the video, the information for purchasing the prebiotic was not available. Also, I did not get a response to the text "GMDTEXT" to 9900.

      Thanks, Rozena.

    • May 9, 2017

      Diane Wilson

      I listened to the entire video, but there is no purchase button. Please help.

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  • 17 out 18 people found this review helpful

    Already Seeing Results

    • Harrisburg, PA ,
    • Mar 28, 2017

    I have been using the Vital Reds and Primal Plants products for about one-and-a-half months. I feel like I have seen results in my skin, hair, and nails. I've always had large pores but since using the products I feel that my skin look smoother and my pores have grown smaller. I plan to keep using this product!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 17 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Dr. Gundry's Primal Plants CLEARED my daughter's acne!

    • Austin, Texas,
    • Mar 20, 2017

    We've tried EVERYTHING. Within two days, acne was GONE! We started with a very low amount. We still only take about 1/2 a teaspoon per day because we are very small and very sensitive. She has a lot more energy.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 20 out 20 people found this review helpful

    No amazing results

    I have been taking this supplement drink for about six weeks and have not noticed any dramatic change in my skin or digestion. I have yet to see how it has effected my cholesterol. I generally feel good and healthy, which I have attributed to the placebo effect of spending a lot of money and doing something good for myself. I think I would feel the same if I were taking regular B vitamins and probiotics.

    What I like about this product is that it includes a whole bunch of good stuff all in one dose and it is a drink instead of a pill, which I find much easier. I will continue to use it but am struggling with whether I will spend any more money on it. I am overall underwhelmed, but hope that I am doing good things for my body on the inside.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 46 out 46 people found this review helpful

    A miracle?

    I have suffered from mysterious, itchy rashes on my back and arms for years. About two months ago, I developed serious, unabated itching on the trunk of my body that drove me crazy. I should also say that I have taken vitamin supplements all my life and practiced healthy eating habits. I can't tell you how many doctors, internists, allergists, dermatologists, etc., I have been to. In addition, I have had patch tests, various types of biopsies, and gone to a Chicago hospital that specializes in undiagnosed skin diseases. I have been on numerous medications, including steroids, which did not help but DID make me seriously dizzy.

    I ran across Primal Plants, read the research, and despite the expense, ordered the product, with basically no expectations. Nothing had ever given me relief.

    All I can say is after FOUR days of taking this supplement, both the rashes and the incessant itching vanished. Completely. Expensive "snake oil"? I haven't the slightest idea. All I know is that my skin is normal, and has remained normal for the first time in decades. I will NEVER be without this supplement.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 30 out 30 people found this review helpful

    We are happy so far with results from Primal Plants.

    I have been using Primal Plants for almost a month, together with my sons.

    One has bad eczema that prompted me to let him try it. So far, he said he sees and feels improvement, for which I can attest. My other son has just started a program in health care. He said he also feels and sees improvements. He can focus better, as evidenced by the grades he showed me and is more energetic. For me, I can say the same thing, plus a flatter stomach.

    Honestly, hopefully, we have found the right supplement for a healthier us. I highly recommend it so far. We will continue to monitor our progress.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 39 out 40 people found this review helpful

    My coffee

    Everybody's metabolism is different. What works for one person may not work for another. Primal Plants and Vital Reds are my coffee in the morning. Some people have to have their coffee before they leave the house; I have to have my Primal Plants and Vital Reds before I leave the house.

    It has helped me tremendously. I no longer have loose bowels. My skin looks clearer, and I feel better. My blood sugars are down to a better control, and my heart rate has improved. My blood pressure is looking good; overall I feel pretty good.

    You must do your homework on any product and check it carefully before purchasing. If I felt it was bad for me, I would not recommend it. But then again, "different strokes for different folks."

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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