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.


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  • Appears to be healthy

    • By Gary C.,
    • Mandeville, LA,
    • Nov 5, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    Seems to have benefits but as noted in the review those benefits may or may not be increased by the high amount of Polyphenol rich content. I have been using his olive oil for about 45 days, taking 1/2 tablespoon every other day, and have noticed some weight loss and easier evacuation. I find the price to be a bit expensive and this concerns me as I am on a fixed income. Seems like this is much more expensive than it needs to be. I understand Dr. Gundry needs to make a profit and I don't have a problem with that but it all seems like he could lower the price and shoot for profit via volume rather than the quick buck at our expense.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Easy to find
    • Delivery within 7 days
    • Honest in amount of Polyphenol amounts as compared to other olive oils
    • Price is high for the average Joe to use over an extended period

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


  • Believe Dr. Gundry?

    • Length of Use: 2+ years
    Overall Experience:

    I had been using Moroccan oil for a year and purchased Dr. Gundry's brand (4 months). The taste is different and I needed acclimation to the taste, but I like it. I can't test polyphenols on recent oils or others, so I relied on Dr. Gundry's analysis. I go through quite a bit, seems to be $2 per teaspoon. I don't expect I can continue buying Dr. Gundry's olive oil because of the cost.

    Pros and Cons:

    • I rely on Dr. Gundry's background and research
    • Repeated pop-ups offering more products to add on
    • High cost of products, I buy 3 products
    • I suspect many retired folks cannot afford items

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


  • Probably good but crazy expensive

    • By Robert P.,
    • Westlake Village, CA,
    • Apr 28, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I am still waiting to receive my order. I researched the benefits of olive oil on Consumer Labs and was very impressed by the proven benefits in multiple areas.

    But, like the above article says, Kirkland Olive oil is about 11 cents a tablespoon while Dr. Gundry is about $2 a tablespoon. You could take 5 tablespoons of the Costco product to get the same amount of polyphenols (1667mg/Kg) and still come out way ahead.

    I can afford the price and I'm looking forward to trying the product but something to think about if you can't afford the $40 to $80 a month (1/2 to 1 TBSP/day).

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


  • Smoky taste in olive oil

    • By Verda Y.,
    • Middlebury, IN,
    • Jan 17, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    When I first tasted the olive oil it had a very different taste than I expected. I was expecting peppery.

    I gave bottles away to my immediate family as Christmas gifts. When they tasted it they made sure to have water close by because it has a very different taste than the olive oils they are used to. I have not asked them how they are feeling physically. I know the one family uses it in cooking rather than just using it by itself.

    I was trying to think what physical benefit I have received and just realized my knees don't hurt! I am 66 years old and they hurt going the stairs. I am very thankful for that. I want to lose some weight and am hoping the oil will help. I have been taking this less than a month so I need to give it more time.

    My husband is also taking it. It will be interesting what benefits he will experience. He has some heart issues that I hope will be better.

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


  • Exceptional product

    • By Jean H.,
    • Clayton, NC,
    • Jan 17, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I use the olive oil in salad dressings, primarily, and it is just wonderful. I sold one of my bottles to a friend who is a gourmet cook, and she had exactly the same response. I think she'll be ordering soon on her own.

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


  • I take a full tablespoon every day

    • By Greg S.,
    • Tulsa, OK,
    • Jan 16, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    As an individual that has overcome Stage IV cancer, I love giving my body high vibrational living foods that are unprocessed, pure, and high in nutritional value. I take 1 full tablespoon every day during the late morning hours just prior to lunch. The healthy fat source satiates my body’s hunger and helps me reduce daily cravings. I consider this olive oil more of a preventative medication than a food source. It’s basically a daily supplement without the pill casing. By adding this to my daily regimen of healthy nuts, salad, cruciferous vegetables, filtered water and lots of walking. I know I am giving my biome a fighting chance to grow and proliferate thereby allowing my body to thrive. This olive oil is a cooperative component to my daily physical well being.

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


  • Olive oil

    • By Gloria L.,
    • Placerville, CA,
    • Jan 16, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I believe the olive oil has helped my skin feel and look smoother. I love the taste of the olive oil on my roasted cauliflower, gives a nice kick to it. I put one tablespoon of olive oil in my bone broth every morning.

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


  • I’m a lover of olive oil!

    • By Marie K.,
    • Boca Raton, FL,
    • Jan 15, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I was pleasantly surprised how much flavor is in Dr. Gundry’s olive oil and how it brings out the flavor of any herb or vegetable it touches. Worth every cent! Its story is amazing and the care with which it is made exceeds my expectations. Dr. Gundry has changed my life! I feel fantastic!

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


  • Olive oil

    • By Rosalinda R.,
    • California,
    • Jan 10, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I was a little leery about this product, but I decided I'd give it a try. The taste of this product was not at all what I expected; it actually tasted great. I also feel better and my colon is working better.

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


  • Good

    • By Tina C.,
    • Ohio,
    • Jan 10, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    Customer Service was amazing, one of the bottles arrived broken and they replaced no charge, no hassle. I would have selected Excellent but I'm still trying to get used to the taste, it is different, but not bad, other than that so far so good, I will continue to use!

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


  • Wasn't sure what to expect

    • By Douglas W.,
    • Saint Augustine, FL,
    • Jan 8, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I wasn't sure what to expect, but I've had good results with their Gundry products. I take 2 tsp before dinner, and 1 tsp before breakfast. I have to say I have been feeling better in general, and I've noticed some dry skin issues are improving. I plan to continue.

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


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