About Gundry MD Primal Plants

By HighYa Research 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, 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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  • Primal Plants

    • New South Wales, Australia,
    • Nov 28, 2019
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    Possibly some minor benefits such as mildly lower blood pressure when taken in combination with the "Reds". However, Dr. Gundry is pushing too many ridiculously high-priced products onto us and this is turning me off. Dr. Kara's Reds contain the same ingredients (plus Shilagit) as Dr. Gundry's Reds but Kara's Reds cost just $30. Gundry should stick to the Reds and Greens and dump the rest in the rubbish bin and he should reduce the price to an affordable level (around $30).

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

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    • Dec 2, 2019

      Company Response from Gundry MD

      Hi Joe, the prices of our products reflect the caliber and quality of ingredients that go into the formula. Additionally, each of our products go through rigorous testing at an independent, 3rd party facility. If you ever have any questions or concerns moving forward, please feel free to email me personally at aria@gundrymd.com and I'd be more than happy to help.


  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Great product

    • Orlando, FL,
    • Jul 17, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought this to help improve my skin and also to increase my intake of vegetables. I have only used it for a couple of weeks but my energy has increased and my skin has improved. Love the taste. I would definitely recommend this product.

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

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Exactly what I’ve been looking for in a greens supplement

    • Sunnyvale, TX,
    • Feb 11, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    A healthy routine, easy greens supplement to help with my everyday life. Since drinking daily, I have noticed reduced stomach bloat and more energized morning that lasts through the day.

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

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  • 2 out 5 people found this review helpful

    One month Primal Plants review

    • Monroe, MI,
    • Feb 6, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have been taking Primal Plants for one month in addition with Total Restore as well as cutting out most foods Dr. Gundry has warned to avoid such as grains, beans, fruits, and lectin vegetables in hopes for help with my Rosacea.

    I developed the skin condition in my early 30's and with many trips to the dermatologist and thousands of dollars in "healthy" cosmetics and diet routines, I have had zero improvement, it has only worsened. I never wore makeup regularly until my 20's and now I feel I can't leave the house without it.

    So far, I have seen some reduced dryness, inflammation, and pustules. I am far from healed, but I am keeping on the regimen with hopes it will continue to improve with time. It took 6 years for my skin to get this bad, so I am assuming it is going to take time to heal. The regimen has significantly increased my digestion which has been a huge plus. I have always suffered with numerous stomach issues and it has completely cured constipation and bloating.

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

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  • 2 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Good stuff

    • California,
    • Feb 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    The taste is actually really good, which was a nice surprise. I’ve only been using for a few weeks, but it seems to be helping with my skin and giving me more energy and a better mood. It’s really easy to put in a shaker bottle first thing in the morning to start my day.

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

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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Amazing results!

    • Ohio,
    • Jan 23, 2019
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    I have experimented with several diets and cleanses in the past. I recently discovered Primal Plants and had a very good feeling about adding it to my already mostly plant based diet. Over the years I have made many healthy adjustments to my routine. And I have to say Primal Plants is a must have! It has improved my digestion, and also my skin in only a few weeks. I will definitely continue using this product. I highly recommend giving this a try. You will be so glad you did. Thank you, Dr. Gundry, for your research and dedication. May God continue to bless your work.

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

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Primal Plants

    • Columbia, MD,
    • Jan 11, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased Primal Plants because I had been looking for a nutritional supplement that would help me consume more greens in my daily diet. I’ve been taking Primal Plants so far for about three weeks. I do like the taste of it. I usually mix it in water or with my protein shake for the day. I haven’t noticed a huge change in how I feel. I do think it helps with more regular bowel movements. When mixed with my protein shake I feel full for hours and do not snack throughout the day. I plan to continue taking this product.

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

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  • 3 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Diarrhea gone, skin healing

    • Jerome, AZ,
    • Jan 9, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My father, two sisters and myself have suffered for years with diarrhea. I watched your video, you stated if you have skin issues no amount of expensive creams or lotions will help. It's because is on the inside "your gut" is out of balance. I ordered Primal Plants and within weeks my diarrhea is gone and I feel much better. I have recently added Prebiothrive and I take them together first thing in the morning. My poop and my skin are happy now, thank you Dr. Gundry!

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

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  • 2 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Energy up, brain fog gone, and skin looking better

    • Kansas City, MO,
    • Jan 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am very pleased with the Primal Plants supplement. It has greatly improved my brain fog; I can actually remember why I walked into a room. Primal Plants has helped the lesions I have on my face. I'm very happy about that because my self-confidence was getting really low because of the lesions. I have A LOT more energy during the day. Before I started taking Primal Plants, I would want to call it a day at around 3 pm and go to bed. So, in all actuality, I am very happy with this product.

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

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  • 0 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Still effective?

    • Cypress, CA,
    • Jan 3, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought it two years ago. Didn’t notice any improvements using for a month. I still have two canisters unopened with an expiration date of 12/02/2016. My question is, are they still effective? I thought I would give another try.

    Thank you.

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

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    • Jan 28, 2019

      Company Response from Gundry MD

      Hi Diane, my name is Aria with Gundry MD. The dates on our products are manufactured dates so it is safe to consume Primal Plants up to two years after the manufactured date.


  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Psoriasis leaky gut syndrome, chronic inflammation in my body

    • Massachusetts,
    • Dec 15, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I just started taking Primal Plants about three weeks ago as I wanted to check with my doctor first. He did give me the okay. I have been moving my bowels better than ever, I have more energy, and I have less inflammation already in my body and less body pain. I am noticing sugar is a big enemy so I've been cutting that out and just starting my journey. I am watching for my psoriasis to start clearing, that hasn't happened yet, but eating gluten-free had already been making it a little better. I've been gluten-free for over a year due to gut problems. Thank you so much!

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

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