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Gundry MD Olive Oil

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4.4

37 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

4.4 Stars out of 37 Reviews
5 Star:72% 4 Star:13% 3 Star:2% 2 Star:2% 1 Star:8%
84% Recommend This Company
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Posted on Mar 4, 2021

Very expensive

By Trisha V., East Wenatchee, WA, Verified Reviewer

I just received my Gundry MD Olive Oil. Tastes great. Nutty and actually tastes like olives. I am pleasantly surprised.

My husband loves it too.

We are on a fixed income and this is not something we can continue to afford but if we could we would keep it up in a heartbeat.

We bought 6 bottles which is only a little more than a three-month supply for one person. One and half months for two persons. The expense is more than we can justify.

Bring the price down and we will be lifelong supporters.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Posted on Feb 1, 2021

Absolutely love it!

By Anastasia Y., San Clemente, CA, Verified Reviewer

I’m 100% Greek and olive oil has been a main staple in our home since the day I was born. I believe in the health benefits it has to offer - no question. But Dr. Gundry has taken this to a new level. This olive oil tastes absolutely delicious. It’s better than the olive oils I was raised on...that came straight from my father’s olive garden! I can’t get enough of the amazing flavor and I’ve noticed a massive difference not only in how I look but how I feel as well. I would recommend this product to everyone I know and care about. Truly amazing!

Length of Use: 3–6 months

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

Pros and Cons

Dr. Gundry’s years of research

Fast, easy ordering

Consistent product

It’s a little expensive (but still worth it)

Helpful Review? 1 Person Has Voted

Posted on Jan 26, 2021

Too expensive

By Condy S., California, Verified Reviewer

Since they said it was only a little better than average EVOO, I will take what I just bought and mix it with another kind to stretch it a little, way too expensive for me!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

How fast they deliver

Price

Helpful Review? 2 People Have Voted

Posted on Jan 6, 2021

Four stars for taste, but...

By Dee R., Winter Park, FL, Verified Reviewer

I am an EVOO snob, or thought I was. Since I am dedicated to making the best decisions for my health to get me to at least my century mark (in 20 years), I would have loved to add Gundry's tasty, healthy product to my daily regime. However, its price is prohibitive for most people (and smacks of greed), so I am going to be forced to search for the next-best version.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Helpful Review? 15 People Have Voted

Posted on Dec 31, 2020

No thank you

By Sharon H., Saint Louis, MO, Verified Reviewer

I was so excited to get this for the health benefits. I ordered 3 bottles and just cannot get past the horrid taste. Nothing to compare it to, but it does not taste like olive oil whatsoever. Very disappointing!

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

Taste nasty

Helpful Review? 6 People Have Voted

Posted on Dec 30, 2020

Love this olive oil!

By Melissa J., Los Angeles, CA, Verified Reviewer

I am on bottle 6, taking 2 tbsp daily as a supplement in the morning with a bit of fresh lemon juice and water on an empty stomach before preparing my breakfast smoothie. While I haven’t lost much weight, I have lost inches, especially around my midsection. I have more energy and no more cravings for snacks. My joints are more flexible and don’t ache. Highly recommend this wonderful product. It is pricey but worth it!

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Helpful Review? 4 People Have Voted

Posted on Dec 30, 2020

Tastes terrible

By Mesa B., Avalon, CA, Verified Reviewer

Tastes like burnt oil. Does not taste like olive oil of any kind. Would never want to ruin a salad with it. It is light in color. Thought it would be darker for a first cold press. Glad I only bought 1 very overpriced bottle. Very disappointed.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Helpful Review? 11 People Have Voted

Posted on Nov 5, 2020

Appears to be healthy

By Gary C., Mandeville, LA, Verified Reviewer

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.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

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

Helpful Review? 16 People Have Voted

Posted on Jul 4, 2020

Believe Dr. Gundry?

By William E B., New York, Verified Reviewer

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.

Length of Use: 2+ years

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

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

Helpful Review? 14 People Have Voted

Posted on Apr 28, 2020

Probably good but crazy expensive

By Robert P., Westlake Village, CA, Verified Reviewer

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

Helpful Review? 21 People Have Voted

Posted on Jan 17, 2020

Smoky taste in olive oil

By Verda Y., Middlebury, IN, Verified Reviewer

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

Helpful Review? 24 People Have Voted
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