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Total Restore from Gundry MD is a dietary supplement that is designed to fight leaky gut with a blend of natural ingredients. This supplement is pricey and scientific support for the primary proposed action is lacking, so you may not get what you bargain for.


  • Favorable return policy
  • Natural blend with some support for various benefits


  • Research supporting the ability to improve leaky gut is lacking
  • Extremely expensive

Gundry MD Total Restore Review - Does It Work As Advertised?

By Anthony Dugarte, M.D., C.S.C.S

Updated on: May 14, 2020

What is Total Restore?

Total Restore from Gundry MD is a supplement that will allegedly help you fight leaky gut through a blend of natural ingredients.

The term “leaky gut” refers to a process in which the lining of your digestive tract is more absorbent than it should be. This increases the risk of harmful toxins to seep out of your intestines and into areas of your body where they may cause harm.

According to Gundry MD, this can result in signs and symptoms like bloating, digestive irregularity, gas, fatigue, excess body weight, and even food cravings.

There are a number of causes for these symptoms, and just as many potential remedies. Total Restore from Gundry MD allegedly offers a natural option. In fact, according to the product page, you can expect the following by taking 3 capsules daily with the largest meal of your day:

  • Better digestion
  • Improved gas, constipation, and irregularity
  • Less bloating and a flatter stomach
  • Reduced cravings
  • A healthier body weight
  • More mobility and decreased joint pain and stiffness
  • Increased energy
  • Improved mood

As you may notice, many of these claims are seemingly unrelated to digestive health. While these benefits are obviously desirable, it seems like this is a lot to accomplish for a single dietary supplement.

In this article, we’ll help you sort through these claims and evaluate their merit by reviewing the available research for Total Restore’s key ingredients.

Total Restore Ingredients: Does Science Back Them Up?

Total Restore from Gundry MD is a dietary supplement that is designed to fight leaky gut through a blend of natural ingredients.

While increased permeability of the intestinal lining may allow harmful toxins into areas of the body they shouldn’t be, the link to this process and chronic disease outside of the gastrointestinal tract is uncertain. Therefore, leaky gut is not a widely accepted medical diagnosis.

Currently, there does not seem to be any interventions that are effective in improving the function of this barrier or altering the course of any associated diseases.

Nonetheless, Total Restore may be able to address other issues.

Each 3-capsule serving contains the following ingredients:

  • L-Glutamine - 213mg
  • N-Acetyl- D-Glucosamine (NAG) - 142mg
  • Magnesium Beta-Hydroxybutyrate (MBH)- 86mg
  • Grape Seed Extract - 58mg
  • Licorice Roots Powder - 54mg
  • Wormwood Powder - 50mg
  • Cinnamon Bark Powder - 50mg
  • Maitake Mushroom Extract - 34mg
  • Organic Strawberry, Organic Raspberry, Organic Blueberry, Organic Tart Cherry, Organic Elderberry, and Organic Cranberry - 22mg total
  • Cloves Buds Powder - 17mg
  • Black Pepper Seeds Power - 17mg
  • Grapefruit Seeds Extract - 17mg
  • Marshmallow Roots Powder - 10mg
  • Zinc L-Carnosine - 10mg
  • Berberine Bark Powder - 3mg

We’ll highlight the available research for some of the key ingredients here.


Glutamine is an amino acid. It’s commonly included in dietary supplements that claim to boost immune function, support digestive health, and support brain function.

It may be included in Total Restore for its suspected ability to enhance mental function, though 2,000mg doses negatively affected the ability of individuals to complete reaction time tasks. Even at large doses, this ingredient does not seem to be effective for these purposes.


NAG is derived from shellfish and is proposed to protect your digestive tract from the harmful effects of gluten.

In a laboratory model, NAG was effective in limiting the harmful effects of rye, barley, and oat glutens in small intestinal cells obtained from 26 children with gluten intolerance.

Data supporting the use of NAG is lacking outside of this study is lacking, however.


Beta-hydroxybutyrate is an exogenous ketone, one that is created outside your body. Like other Gundry MD products, it is probably included in Total Restore as ketones may be used as a source of energy.

However, your body preferentially burns carbohydrates for energy - if you follow a regular diet, fats will not be used for this purpose. Therefore, the suspected ability to boost energy and promote brain function is only possible when carbs are not present.


Zinc is an essential mineral that has a role in many biochemical reactions. Thus, a deficiency can lead to a variety of unwanted effects.

Zinc is included in Total Restore for its suspected role in promoting weight loss, energy, and mental function.

Low zinc levels were associated with obesity, elevated BMI, and larger waist circumference in premenopausal women.

In a randomized study, 30mg of zinc daily over 4-weeks reduced the BMI and body weight of obese individuals.

Lastly, in individuals 70-years or older, 150gm of zinc protected against cognitive decline when compared to placebo.

Cinnamon Bark

This spice is often included in dietary supplements for its suspected ability to offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and disease-fighting benefits.

While a review of 10 trials found 120mg/d - 6 g doses to effectively reduce fasting blood sugar over 4 to 18-weeks, digestion related benefits were not well supported.


Berberine is a plant-based ammonium salt that may possess anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and diabetes-fighting properties.

In a randomized trial, individuals with metabolic syndrome that took 500mg three times daily over 3-months had remission of the syndrome, better insulin sensitivity, and improved waist circumference.

Black Pepper

Black pepper may offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and disease-fighting capabilities.

In Total Restore, black pepper may function as a prebiotic to help boost your friendly gut bacteria. In overweight subjects, 6mg of black pepper was also effective in decreasing BMI and body fat.

Is Total Restore Safe?

As many of the ingredients found in Total Restore are obtained naturally from a balanced diet, they are generally safe to consume in the quantities offered in this supplement.

Your biggest risk for harm may come from delaying appropriate medical attention for the symptoms you’re experiencing. Using a dietary supplement that doesn’t address the underlying cause can allow them to persist or even worsen.

Additionally, you should avoid Total Restore if you have an allergy as NAG is obtained from shellfish.

For these reasons, It is best to speak with your physician before trying to treat symptoms. The first step should always be to determine the underlying source. You can then work together to determine the safest plan of care.

Total Restore Cost

You can purchase Total Restore directly from Gundry MD’s website. There are a few pricing options, and all orders over $60 ship free.

For non-members, Total Restor pricing is as follows:

  • $69.95 for one bottle
  • $191.85 for three bottles
  • $317.70 for six bottles

Also, you have the option to join the VIP program. This subscription plan includes automatic monthly shipments, as well as more savings and free shipping. You can cancel shipments at any time, and VIP pricing is as follows:

  • $44.95 per month for one bottle
  • $121.95 per month for three bottles
  • $229.95 per month for six bottles

Gundry MD backs your purchases with a 90-day money-back guarantee. If you aren’t happy with Toral Restore, you can contact customer support at (800) 852-0477 to start the refund process.

What Are the Alternatives to Total Restore?

While Total Restore’s blend of ingredients is challenging to find offered in a single supplement, other supplements claim to address leaky gut.

Also from Gundry MD, Lectin Shield is a good example. It allegedly offers benefits that are identical to those that Total Restore is proposed to address, though the mechanism of action and ingredients list for these 2 supplements differ substantially.

Lectin Shield is purported to act by limiting the actions of lectin, a protein found in both animals and plants that may play a role in various digestive issues and chronic medical conditions. It offers twice as much NAD in addition to a number of other extracts.

Considering the cost of Total Restore, you’d save money with Lectin Shield; 1 and 6-bottle orders are $50 and $240, respectively.

Though the risk for harm is low, Lectin Shield is still quite pricey. Also, the research supporting the actions of the ingredients is limited, and the company claims it can address an issue that is not currently supported as a medical diagnosis.

Despite a favorable return policy, you should save your money and seek the guidance of your doctor if you’re experiencing digestive symptoms.

The Bottom Line

Total Restore’s blend of natural ingredients has varying support for their proposed actions. However, scientific support backing the main benefit of this supplement, addressing leaky gut, is lacking.

Despite a favorable return policy, Total Restore is still one of the pricier dietary supplements that we’ve reviewed at HighYa.

Though the risk for serious side effects is likely low, given the pricing and lack of strong evidence, it is probably best that you seek relief elsewhere.

If you’re experiencing digestive symptoms that are negatively impacting your quality of life, your first stop should be having a conversation with your doctor. While dietary supplements may be helpful, it is best to first understand the source of your symptoms.

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Posted on Sep 28, 2018

Total Restore REALLY WORKS!

By Nancy M., Lost Nation, IA, Verified Reviewer

I know most products sold online don't stand up to their claims. I'm not one to believe in such claims or purchase such products. However, Dr. Gundry's long list of medical credentials, his impeccable career as a trailblazer in cardiac medicine, and the many, many lives he has saved during his illustrious career as one of the world's leading heart surgeons got my attention.

My mother died at 65 from pancreatic cancer. She was diagnosed stage 4 and sent home with painkillers to die. Most live 4-6 months at best. I did extensive research and found a Dr. Hilda Clarke, whom herself had an arm's length of credentials, who studied the affected organs of hundreds of cancer patients. She found that 100% had either parasites or flukes. She devoted her life to this research and developed a recipe of natural ingredients that can still be found online. I followed her recipe and, for months, ground these ingredients, filled capsules, and gave them to my mom. She lived nearly 18 months! I've always credited Dr. Clarke's recipe.

I also lost my baby sister in January to cholangiocarcinoma. She was 54. This cancer started in her gallbladder and metastasized to her liver. She lived 3 and 1/2 years and was diagnosed at stage 4. These cancers were both parts of the digestive system.

I, personally, have lived on OTC stomach pills for years. They can cause cancer. I have also had large, dark patches on the outside of both of my lower legs for years. My sister's oncologist once told me that is a sign of liver problems. YIKES! Not being able to afford health insurance scared me.

I watched Dr. Gundry's video on Facebook. He suggested that all health problems originate in the digestive system. Specifically from leaky gut. I had been diagnosed with leaky gut syndrome in the 1980s, but never treated medically. I guess they considered it untreatable back then.

Then I watched a cancer webinar with 5 of the world's leading doctors, ranging from oncologists to holistic medicine physicians. The information I heard from these doctors astounded me. They too were talking about leaky gut syndrome being the culprit that leads to other diseases, including cancer. They gave specifics on prevention, foods to avoid and foods, spices, vitamins, minerals and other natural ingredients that could heal leaky gut and prevent other health issues. I took frantic notes and spent hours watching. Then a light bulb went off...what's in Dr. Gundry's Total Restore? I went back and looked...

I was astonished and excited. Many of the ingredients were those I ground and encapsulated for my mother. Plus many more that were in my notes from the cancer webinar. I was sold and ordered immediately.

I couldn't wait to receive my shipment, which arrived within a week. I have taken it for a month now and am awaiting my second bottle. Within 2 weeks I was able to stop taking the OTC lansoprazole stomach pills. Although I still get burning in my stomach, it's tolerable. Before Total Restore I couldn't function without it, the burning was so unbearable. Also, those dark patches on my legs are nearly gone

Sorry, I've been so long-winded, but I truly believe in this product. Total Restore contains all of the ingredients, plus many more, to heal leaky gut, which I am experiencing as I write this. Although Dr. Gundry states no claim that Total Restore can prevent cancer, I can tell you it contains many of the same things that I know can.

Thank you Dr. Gundry! Total Restore is working for me. I'm a believer! I have told all my friends and family about it!

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

Helpful Review? 92 People Have Voted

Posted on Dec 20, 2018

Total Restore - amazing!

By Marsha B., San Diego, CA, Verified Reviewer

I am now on my second bottle of Total Restore and wanted to wait before I made a recommendation.

This product is amazing...I have suffered from Diverticulitis/Leaky Gut, and Calcium Stones that my body has manufactured from high oxalates in my diet.

Total Restore has exceeded my expectations - I am experiencing normal bowel elimination, no pain, and my abdomen seems to "feel stronger," not distended.

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

Helpful Review? 68 People Have Voted

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

Deceitful marketing

By Kim M., Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Verified Reviewer

After listening to Gundry's full story/history, I proceeded to purchase three bottles.

His story and history are exceptionally convincing and honest. This is where, in my opinion, it becomes deceitful. After agreeing to purchase three bottles, you are then offered a deal at a better rate purchasing six bottles. So I agreed to purchase six bottles. However, what has actually occurred is six bottles were purchased. I checked my online credit card minutes later thinking..."I'm not feeling comfortable about what just happened," only to confirm that in actual fact two transactions had taken place totaling $574 Australian currency for nine bottles of this stuff.

I am not a happy camper. I have taken this to my bank to deal with. There was also no confirmation of order before agreeing to purchase. It's BS! This only happened two hours ago, and straight away I'm feeling ripped off. Any thought of thinking this is really good and he's an amazing doctor went straight out the window with the deceitful marketing strategy, which was not necessary if the product was genuine. Who in their right mind wd buy nine bottles of this stuff, let alone $574 worth! Even agreeing to purchase six bottles was pretty damn reckless of me, but nine! Piss off and the exchange rate...you get ripped off there too.

I hope my bank can get the transaction reversed.

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

Company Response from Gundry MD

Nov 2, 2018

Hello Kim, Aria here with Gundry MD. I am sorry to hear about your experience ordering Total Restore. It is never our intention to confuse or mislead our customers. We offer add-ons to your order at a great price so that our customers can maximize savings for their favorite Gundry MD products. I am more than happy to fully refund your order if you find that you don't want to keep it. Please email me at aria@gundrymd.com. Thank you.

Helpful Review? 65 People Have Voted

Posted on Oct 26, 2018


By Bridgette H., Texas, Verified Reviewer

I have been using Total Restore for 3.5 months now and have a total loss of 21 inches off my body: 4 inches off the chest, 4 inches off the waist, 4 inches off the hips, 2 inches off each arm, and 2.5 inches off each thigh. I have not changed my eating habits (which average to be 1400-1450 calories a day) and have not changed my exercise regimen (neighborhood walking daily).

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

Helpful Review? 59 People Have Voted

Posted on Dec 20, 2018

Total Restore

By Becky L., Bellevue, WA, Verified Reviewer

I have seen a marked improvement in my digestive system. No more pain in my midsection at all! Also, my bloated stomach is reduced as well. Great product to use every morning. I would highly recommend this product to anyone suffering with stomach issues.

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

Helpful Review? 49 People Have Voted

Posted on Dec 20, 2018

Total Restore

By Joe H., Boston, MA, Verified Reviewer

I had a lot of the "leaky gut" symptoms and decided to give Total Restore a try. As of today, it has been exactly three weeks since I started the Total Restore. I cut out gluten and limited my dairy two weeks before starting Total Restore. I went down two holes in my belt in about five weeks. I’ve lost about 12 pounds. I’m definitely not belching as much. Less gas overall. I noticed I’m not as tired in the early afternoon hours.

I’m not sure if I had a "leaky gut" or if I became gluten intolerant before making these changes. I do know that I feel better than I did and will continue to take Total Restore for a while. I did have an endoscopy and colonoscopy a few days ago, and everything was good. The enterologist said, "keep doing what you're doing." That’s my plan!


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

Helpful Review? 48 People Have Voted

Posted on Dec 21, 2018


By Bogdan C., Saint John, Canada, Verified Reviewer

An excellent approach to look first to the immune system. In my opinion, this is the key for a healthy body. Only a strong immune system can prevent any imbalance in the body. Your product is doing that.

Besides that, it is very important to take care about what you are eating.

I like this product, and I recommend to have it for everyone.

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

Helpful Review? 44 People Have Voted

Posted on Oct 18, 2018

I'm sticking with it!

By Aanya G., Oakland, CA, Verified Reviewer

I don't like writing enough to go into long extensive details, however, I can say I am happy with the Total Restore supplements. I'm taking and I am very happy with the way I'm looking, the weight I've lost, and my belly continually getting flatter.

Not only would I recommend it to a friend, I have recommended it to many friends and some total strangers as well.

Thank you!

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

Helpful Review? 40 People Have Voted

Posted on Dec 20, 2018

It works!

By Brett P., Sundre, Alberta, Canada, Verified Reviewer

Since I have started taking the pills, I have no more stomach pain and my bowel movements are solid. Also, no more heartburn. I have had a rash on the back of my neck for years and the rash is almost gone. My eczema, which I have had on my hands for years, is not flaring up. I am always itchy, not anymore. I am amazed how many things Total Restore is helping with, I am not as fatigued.

Thank you!

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

Helpful Review? 39 People Have Voted

Posted on Oct 4, 2018

I've had stomach issues for years, they are now gone

By Val B., Connecticut, Verified Reviewer

I'm a firm believer in The Plant Paradox. I've been taking Total Restore for three weeks and the results are outstanding. Hardly any bloating or IBS symptoms. I've been bragging about the books to all my friends, they all say I should work for Dr. Gundry. Anyway, he has changed my life.

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

Helpful Review? 38 People Have Voted

Posted on Feb 19, 2019

Total Restore problems

By Mary L., Perth, Western Australia, Verified Reviewer

Hi, I bought three bottles of Total Restore for my husband and self and we both had adverse reactions. I wrote an email weeks ago to Gundry MD to Ariana and have had no reply. But I do keep getting regular promotional emails from Gundry MD to buy other products.

Could I please be contacted re a refund.

Thank you.

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

Company Response from Gundry MD

Feb 20, 2019

Hi Mary, I'm sorry to hear that this was your experience. I want to confirm that I received your email so please give us 1-2 business days to receive confirmation of your refund from our support team. Thank you! If you have any outstanding issues, please email me at aria@gundrymd.com.

Helpful Review? 38 People Have Voted
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