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Gundry MD Olive Oil

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4.1

51 Customer Reviews

Summary

Boasting 30 times more polyphenols than the average olive oil, Gundry MD Olive Oil claims to provide a variety of health benefits including eased joint pain and boosted immune system. Does it work?

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Gundry MD Olive Oil Review: Does It Provide Health Benefits?

By HighYa Editorial Team

Updated on: Mar 24, 2020

Medically Reviewed by Anthony Dugarte, M.D., C.S.C.S

What Is Gundry MD Olive Oil?

Gundry MD Olive Oil is an olive oil packed with 30 times the normal amount of a plant-based ingredient that the company claims can help with blood flow, joints, muscles, focus, skin, and your immune system.

The olives the company uses for its olive oil come from the Moroccan desert. Gundry MD says this challenging environment causes the olive trees to produce more health “polyphenols,” a chemical that has a myriad of purported health benefits.

In our review of Gundry MD Olive Oil, we will present the facts to help determine whether this product can produce the promised benefits.

How to Use Gundry MD Olive Oil

Unlike supplements, this product doesn’t have any specific rules for how to take it. Treat it the same way you would any type of olive oil you’d buy from your local grocery store.

This particular type of olive oil is, according to the back label, organic extra virgin olive oil. It comes in 8 oz. bottles (17 tablespoons), an important bit of information we’ll cover in the pricing section.

The “extra virgin” designation is important because that means the olive oil hasn’t been mixed with other oils and maintains the nutritional benefits present in the olives it uses.

Gundry’s website suggests drinking a shot of it each day, sprinkling some over the top of your food, make salad dressing and/or pesto with it or pour some into a smoothie.

Gundry MD Olive Oil’s Polyphenols: What Do They Do?

As we mentioned in the introduction to our review, the big selling point for this olive oil is the fact that Gundry MD claims the oil has 30 times the level of polyphenols you’d find in a bottle of conventional olive oil.

Polyphenols are the micronutrient in plants that give them their color and protect them from harm. When consumed, they are thought to offer protection against free radicals, molecules associated with cancer.

We talked with customer service to find out the polyphenol concentration level (measured in milligrams per kilogram) and discovered it is 1,269 milligrams per kilogram. This level of polyphenols is very high compared to European standards, which say an olive oil can claim to be “healthy” if it has more than 250 mg/kg.

Olive oil site The Greek Olive Estate notes that, on average, extra virgin olive oils contain between 100 and 250 mg of polyphenols per kilogram.

This boost in polyphenols provides the following benefits, the Gundry MD website says:

  • Promote healthy arteries and great blood flow
  • Support crystal-clear concentration
  • Soothe worn-down joints and tired muscles
  • Make skin feel softer and more hydrated
  • Give your immune system a boost

What Science Says About Polyphenols and Olive Oil

Based on the research we did leading up to this review, we think that Gundry’s claims about the benefits of polyphenols are somewhat accurate.

For example, multiple studies are hailing the antioxidant properties of polyphenols. This means that polyphenols help keep your cells strong so that they don’t break down (oxidize) over time.

One study done in 2015 at the University of Florence said that polyphenols help maintain cell health and may provide an added defense to those cells. Also, the study’s author found that polyphenols found in olives are better at absorbing into the body than polyphenols from other sources.

Another study found that taking 3,000 mg of olive extract per day helped participants experience lower pain levels from rheumatoid arthritis and general inflammation.

In a general sense, olive oil has long been heralded as a heart-healthy fat that can replace butter and margarine.

The key behind olive oil’s health benefits may be related to its monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA’s) content. MUFA’s may lower your heart disease risk and could help with insulin and blood sugar control.

Keep in mind, though, that it’s best to use olive oil in moderation because it’s calorie-dense. Most studies seem to point to an association between olive oil-rich diets and weight loss, however.

Another well-known benefit of olive oil is that it can help lower your cholesterol, which is why it is touted as heart-healthy.

Based on this information, we believe that Gundry MD Olive Oil can follow through on its claims to promote healthy arteries (lower LDL reduces plaque buildup in veins) and ease joint pain.

Gundry MD’s claims that olive oil can help your skin is based on a study in which researchers gave surveys to Greek, Australian, and Swedish subjects asking them what their eating habits were.

While not the soundest methodology for research, the study found that those who ate more vegetables, legumes, and olive oil had better skin.

In general, we think that this product has the potential to provide multiple health benefits associated with olive oil in general. As for the effects of the boosted polyphenol content, we think research indicates there are some benefits.

However, exactly how present those benefits are and how much olive oil you have to consume to get those benefits is not clear.

Pricing and Return Policy

Every bottle of Gundry MD Olive Oil is about a quarter of a liter. These bottles cost $39.95 plus $4.95 for shipping. You can eliminate shipping costs if you buy three bottles for $107.85 or six bottles for $203.70.

You have 90 days from the date of purchase to do a return. You’ll need to call Gundry MD at (800)852-0477 to start the return. You will be responsible for return shipping charges.

IN our opinion, the $39.95 price tag for a single bottle of Gundry MD Olive Oil is high, considering you’re paying around $2.35 per tablespoon.

How Gundry MD Olive Oil Compares to Other High-Polyphenol Olive Oils

Finding high-polyphenol olive oil is tough. We were able to find a 16.9-ounce bottle of extra virgin olive oil from LifeExtension that claimed to have more than 800 milligrams of polyphenols per kilogram of olive oil.

This is a 30% reduction in concentration compared to Gundry MD Olive Oil is significant. However, so is the price and size difference.

A 16.9-ounce bottle of LifeExtension olive oil is $24.75. The weight to cost ratio is around $1.45 per oz. The same ratio for Gundry MD Olive Oil is $4.70 per oz.

It’s hard for us to say conclusively if the higher polyphenol concentration in Gundry MD Olive Oil is worth paying an extra $3.25 per ounce. What we do know is that Gundry MD’s price could be prohibitive even if you do think the extra polyphenols will make a difference.

The Bottom Line

Gundry MD Olive Oil has one significant advantage over average olive oil: polyphenol concentration.

Polyphenol concentration is the product’s clear strength, along with the fact that even average olive oil has health benefits unrelated to polyphenols.

So, not only are you getting a big boost of a known antioxidant, you’re getting all the other benefits that come with olive oil.

Because most olive oil provides a wealth of health benefits, we are hesitant to recommend Gundry MD’s product because it’s hard to measure the added benefits beyond other extra virgin olive oil that is significantly cheaper.

For example, a 67.62-ounce bottle of Kirkland Signature Extra Virgin Olive Oil is $24.40 on Amazon.com. For about 60% of the price of Gundry MD Olive Oil, you get around eight times more olive oil. For consumers on a tighter budget, Kirkland Signature’s olive oil—and even LifeExtension’s olive oil—are more affordable

Lastly, be sure to have a conversation with your physician if you are experiencing joint pain or some of the other symptoms this product claims to benefit. While Gundry MD Olive Oil is likely safe for use, your symptoms may be caused by an underlying condition that should be medically managed.

Customer Reviews

4.1 Stars out of 51 Reviews
5 Star:64% 4 Star:9% 3 Star:3% 2 Star:9% 1 Star:11%
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Posted on Sep 26, 2022

The WORST tasting olive oil on the market!

By Pamela F., Greenwich, CT, Verified Reviewer

I’ve been watching Dr. Gundry’s videos for years with a bit of interest and liking his discussions around lectins. Finally, I bought a bottle of his olive oil. I lead a very healthy lifestyle and include cold-pressed, organic extra virgin olive oil with most of my meals.

This Gundry oil had the worst aftertaste and smell. I’ve been to olive oil farms in Italy and tastings throughout Europe and the Middle East. Never has there been such a bitter flavor in an oil.

As an organic gardener and landscape designer, I appreciate great quality foods and flavors. This product was such a disappointment. It is missing the smooth oil flavor of other high-quality brands and has a strong, bitter, chemical aftertaste. No matter the claims with polyphenols, the only benefit to this product to me was the glass bottle for storage.

I basically feel like I ordered an expensive errand to return and pay for shipping on both sides. Not pleased at all.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

No “pros” were specified in this review

Flavor and smell of this olive oil

Shipping costs on both ends if returned

Disappointment in Gundry

Company Response from Gundry MD

Nov 9, 2022

Hello Pamela. My name is Aria, I am with Gundry MD. I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy our formula. While many of our customers love our product, we do understand our formulas may not be for everyone. For this reason, we stand by our 90-day money-back guarantee. If you are ever unhappy with an order, it can be returned for a full refund. I would like to escalate your review to our customer relations team so that an agent can provide you with personalized care and ensure you receive a refund. Please email me at Aria@gundrymd.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Have a nice day.

Posted on May 30, 2022

Flavor enhancer

By Amidah A., Apple Valley, CA, Verified Reviewer

The taste/flavor of the oil is amazing because it does not change the flavor/taste of foods I add it to. Instead, the oil ENHANCES food's natural flavor! And there is no oily after-taste.

Length of Use: 3–6 months

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

Pros and Cons

Product quality

Speed of shipment

Product support

Pricey

Posted on Feb 23, 2022

Oh Goodness! Eeeek.

By Barbara S., Clarksville, TN, Verified Reviewer

I just received my olive oil order and it honestly tastes like a burnt car tire might smell. I just cannot put this in my mouth again. I’ve tried three times already.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Company Response from Gundry MD

Feb 23, 2022

Hello Barbara. My name is Aria, I am with Gundry MD. I am sorry to hear you have not enjoyed the flavor of our Polyphenol-Rich Olive Oil. While many of our customers enjoy the taste, we do understand it isn’t for everyone. For this reason, we stand by our 90-day money-back guarantee. If you are ever unhappy with an order, you may return it for a full refund. If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. My email is aria@gundrymd.com. Have a nice day.

Helpful Review? 4 People Have Voted

Posted on Feb 11, 2022

Awful taste and smell

By Ash A., Manhattan, KS, Verified Reviewer

I love Dr. Gundry and the work he’s done for humanity. I support him, I buy his books and products. I’ve taken his advice and I’m a brand new woman head to toe.

When I ran out of my subscription olive oil from T.J. Robinson the Olive Oil Hunter, I bought 4 bottles from Gundry. I thought nothing of the cost or size and drizzled as much as I could from the bottle on my huge salad. It was so foul. I wondered what smelled so bad. The taste was terrible. I was surprised. The next time I tried it I realized the situation was from his oil. I need to know what about these olives produces this detestable flavonoid? Yuck.

In my youth, I got used to drinking alcohol, which I thought tasted like pee at first. I got used to the weird flavor of regular, real olive oil, maybe I’ll even find this palatable someday. It’s gonna take time. Sadly, I find that I’m using so much less of this really good thing. Yuuuck.

Length of Use: 3–6 months

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

Pros and Cons

Research

Evidence-based practice

Ease of ordering

Not on shelves

Company Response from Gundry MD

Feb 22, 2022

Hello Ash. My name is Aria, I am with Gundry MD. I am sorry to hear you have not enjoyed the flavor of our Polyphenol-Rich Olive Oil. While many of our customers enjoy the taste, we do understand it isn’t for everyone. For this reason, we stand by our 90-day money-back guarantee. If you are ever unhappy with an order, you may return it for a full refund. If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. My email is aria@gundrymd.com. Have a nice day.

Helpful Review? 3 People Have Voted

Posted on Jan 12, 2022

Olive oil in smoothie

By Karen S., Hendersonville, TN, Verified Reviewer

I put the olive oil in my morning collagen and greens smoothie and it helps me to not be hungry. Tastes good on salads. The bottles are not huge so they fit well in my smoothie station at home. I really like the company’s free information on healthy eating.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Easy order

Quality products

Bulk discount

Price

Helpful Review? 1 Person Has Voted

Posted on Jan 8, 2022

Unbelievably excellent!

By James T., Cadiz, KY, Verified Reviewer

Well, I really like it. However, it's a bit pricey right now for me to do everyday cooking. So I have a shot glass and take 1 shot every day.

Additionally, I will add some on whatever I am cooking.

I am on my second bottle. The greatest test will be in January when I am scheduling my blood work.

I am 63, and I have had some amazing results with other Dr. Gundry products. Looking forward to the tests.

Length of Use: 3–6 months

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

Pros and Cons

Products

Results

The way that I feel

No “cons” were specified in this review

Helpful Review? 1 Person Has Voted

Posted on Dec 30, 2021

Amazing olive oil

By John M., Mundelein, IL, Verified Reviewer

Well, first I would just say the flavor is intense but smooth and amazing. I drink it straight every morning to start my day and my metabolism.

I am experiencing a reduction in inflammatory pains along with overall joint and flexibility improvement.

I will continue to use this olive oil liberally in my daily regimen and on salads, pasta, and anything close to appropriate. The flavor of this olive oil comes through in everything, you know it's there (which is a good thing).

Length of Use: 1–2 years

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

Pros and Cons

Great, well researched products

Products tend to be very expensive, especially if you use multiple products they can blow your budget apart

Helpful Review? 3 People Have Voted

Posted on Aug 28, 2021

Not the best taste

By Rick S., Huntington Beach, CA, Verified Reviewer

I didn’t care for the taste and can’t verify health benefits, but they were very professional and sincere when I discussed it with them. Just not sure it’s right for me.

Length of Use: 1–2 years

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

Pros and Cons

Customer service was very helpful

No “cons” were specified in this review

Helpful Review? 4 People Have Voted

Posted on May 28, 2021

Excellent for symptoms of high blood pressure

By Carol C., Chester, VA, Verified Reviewer

My blood pressures were running about 160-175/100-110 consistently. I believe it was stress that was adding to the fact that I was already dealing with hypertension. I started taking a tablespoon of Dr. Gundry olive oil once a day. After about 2-3 months I started to notice that my BP readings were going down, and now they run about 140/70. It is an awesome product and I will forever take it.

Length of Use: 3–6 months

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

Pros and Cons

Promptness in getting the product

Awesome taste

Love the benefits

No “cons” were specified in this review

Helpful Review? 1 Person Has Voted

Posted on May 11, 2021

High priced. Same product for much less.

By Shari K., Florida, Verified Reviewer

I fell for his very long informational video! I ordered 3 of the olive oils, like a dummy. I have learned a lesson, ALWAYS research any product you are considering buying. I found a high polyphenol organic olive oil on Amazon, called Zeytin, for $21 and with free shipping. You can also be on a monthly program. I paid $99 (had to pay for shipping too) on Dr. Gundry's site.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Video

Making money off of everyone, could have charged less

Company Response from Gundry MD

May 21, 2021

Hello Shari. My name is Aria, I am with Gundry MD. I am sorry to hear about your disappointment with our prices. We strive to keep our formulas as affordable as possible while using only the highest quality of ingredients to ensure the best product for our customers. When price reductions are possible, we are happy to pass those savings along to our customers. We highly recommend signing up for our email newsletters or subscribing to our text club for exclusive offers and discounts. You’ll be instantly notified! You can learn more and sign up on our website at gundrymd.com. If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. My email is aria@gundrymd.com. Have a nice day.

Helpful Review? 2 People Have Voted

Posted on May 4, 2021

This stuff had better have noticeable health benefits because it tastes like crap

By Robert S. , Mozambique

Horrible tasting. Like as bad as cod liver oil. But I will stick with it to see if I can derive any noticeable health benefits from it.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

No “pros” were specified in this review

Worst tasting EVOO I have ever had

Company Response from Gundry MD

May 7, 2021

Hello Robert. My name is Aria, I am with Gundry MD. I am sorry to hear that you are not enjoying the flavor of our Polyphenol-Rich Olive Oil. You may notice that our oil tastes pretty different from other olive oils on the market. It’s got a slightly bitter, more robust flavor that takes some getting used to. But rest assured - this peppery flavor is a good thing. All Gundry MD purchases are backed by our 90-day money-back guarantee. If our olive oil doesn't suit your taste buds, we'd be happy to offer you a refund. If you have any questions, please email me at aria@gundrymd.com. Have a nice day.

Helpful Review? 2 People Have Voted
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