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Gundry MD Primal Plants

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Primal Plants from Gundry MD is a superfood supplement that allegedly helps improve digestion and promote skin health and appearance. Learn what customers are saying about this product.

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About Gundry MD Primal Plants

By HighYa Editorial Team

Published on: Aug 9, 2016

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: $59.99
  • 3 Jars: $161.97
  • 6 Jars: $299.94

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 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!

Customer Reviews

4.6 Stars out of 458 Reviews
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Posted on Feb 23, 2017

A miracle?

By Nancy Bakalar, Skokie, IL, Verified Reviewer

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

Helpful Review? 61 People Have Voted

Posted on Feb 20, 2017

May be good for some and not others, do your research

By Esther Dean, Verified Reviewer

I rarely leave negative reviews because some products work for some people and not for others. I get that, and that's fine.

In this case, however, I am pretty disappointed to have watched a one hour long video that was sent to me by Mike Geary about Primal Plants, only to discover that although the Primal Plants video claims that the product does NOT contain either lactose or gluten, when in fact, it DOES contain milk, and it is NOT gluten free.

For someone who has celiac disease (I cannot tolerate even small doses of gluten), this was both disappointing and potentially dangerous and sickness-inducing for me. I am glad that I did my due diligence by calling the 1-800 number to double check.

Please consider making a new video with the correct details because the one I watched for an entire hour claimed to be both dairy and gluten free, which are apparently false claims (please check the 43:33 mark of the video).

I am sure that this product will help many people, but if I had simply gone from the video to the next page and purchased the product without double checking, I would have had an allergic reaction.

Based on my experience, I might mention the product to a friend, but I would include my experience since I believe trust in a product and company is a relevant factor in deciding to purchase it.

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

Company Response from Gundry MD

Mar 17, 2017

Hello Esther, Aria here with Gundry MD. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy our product. Primal Plants is a gluten free product and while there may be traces of dairy in Primal Plants, there are no milk allergens. Regardless, we recommend that you always consult your primary physician prior to beginning any new supplements to make sure you will not have any sort of reaction to any ingredient being used in the product. If you have any other questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to me personally at aria@gundrymd.com so that I can assist you. Thank you again for your review Esther.

Helpful Review? 53 People Have Voted

Posted on Feb 21, 2017

My coffee

By Mary Arterbery, Overland Park, KS, Verified Reviewer

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

Helpful Review? 46 People Have Voted

Posted on May 27, 2017

Won't buy again

By Danette Christensen, Schoharie, NY, Verified Reviewer

I was very excited to get my Primal Plants and told everyone at work about it. Once I started, they kept asking how I was feeling and if I noticed any benefits, but I kept answering "not yet." I knew there was a satisfaction guarantee, so I kept going even though it wasn't helping me. Thinking that maybe I needed to give it more time, I finished all three containers. Not knowing I had to call before 90 days to take advantage of the satisfaction guarantee, I'm too late to get my refund (10 days past).

I was so hopeful that I would experience the benefits promised in the video, but did not see any positive results. Very expensive and very disappointed!

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

Company Response from Gundry MD

May 30, 2017

Hello Danette, Aria here with Gundry MD. Thank you for taking the time to review Primal Plants. I am sorry to hear that you did not receive the results you expected while taking our product. While a majority of our customers see incredible results while using Primal Plants, we realize that everyone is different. This is why we always honor our 90-day money back guarantee. I would be more than happy to issue your refund for giving us a fair trial. Please email me at aria@gundrymd.com, so that I can process your refund for you as quickly as possible. Thank you Danette, I look forward to hearing from you.

Helpful Review? 44 People Have Voted

Posted on Feb 23, 2017

We are happy so far with results from Primal Plants.

By Josephine Jularbal, Texas, Verified Reviewer

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

Helpful Review? 41 People Have Voted

Posted on Apr 7, 2017

Doesn't work for everyone

By Connie Vogler, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Verified Reviewer

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

Company Response from Gundry MD

Apr 20, 2017

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.

Helpful Review? 40 People Have Voted

Posted on Apr 1, 2017

Thanks but no thanks

By Avery, Queens, New York, Verified Reviewer

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

Company Response from Gundry MD

Apr 11, 2017

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.

Helpful Review? 30 People Have Voted

Posted on Oct 27, 2016

Increased energy

By Christine, New York, Verified Reviewer

I was hesitant to try a product without any reviews. I watched the long infomercial on innerskinfix.com. I was most interested in increased energy and heart health, I do not have skin problems. I have been taking the product for over 2 months and have much better energy levels. I'm not running marathons, but I am a mother of 2 small children that works full time. I am not ready to collapse after the children have been put to bed and I no longer need that second cup of coffee in the morning to clear out brain fog. I might not even need the one cup, except it's a habit. I have not changed anything else about my lifestyle or diet. I experienced no negative side effects. And I have not been to a doctor to have my cholesterol checked yet. I ordered a pack of 3. They came quickly. I am now going to order the 6 pack. I will continue to order this product.

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

Helpful Review? 26 People Have Voted

Posted on Feb 15, 2017

Satisfied customer

By Bren, Sun City West, AZ, Verified Reviewer

I have been using Primal Plants for two weeks and have started noticing a favorable difference. Living in the desert, my skin is terribly dry and could not go a day without using concentrated body lotions. Wearing leggings most of the time, the insides of the leggings looked as if I had terrible body dandruff when I removed the leggings. The dryness has improved now, with less body "flaking".

I've been trying to lose the five pounds I gained while taking steroids for a continuing cough and this week, the 5 pounds have come off.

I will be interested in seeing if my cholesterol level drops after my next blood test.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

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

Helpful Review? 23 People Have Voted

Posted on Mar 20, 2017

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

By Joy, Austin, Texas, Verified Reviewer

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

Helpful Review? 22 People Have Voted

Posted on May 15, 2017

Disappointed in the product

By Heidi Finn, California, Verified Reviewer

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

Company Response from Gundry MD

May 30, 2017

Hello Heidi, thank you for leaving us a review of your experience with Primal Plants. I am sorry to hear that you did not get the results you were expecting. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the taste of Primal Plants. Everyone is different, so it may take a bit longer for some to see all of the results.

If you would like to continue taking the product, please be assured that we do honor our 90-day money back guarantee. If you do not wish to continue using Primal Plants, I would be more than happy to issue you a full refund for the product you have purchased so far. Please email me at aria@gundrymd.com, so that I can either help you order more product or assist you in a refund. Thank you Heidi.

Helpful Review? 22 People Have Voted
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