Restore is a proprietary, earth-derived liquid supplement that promises to balance gut health, support respiratory wellness, combat environmental exposures, promote immune function, and enhance mental clarity. How?
Restore’s formula is alkaline, carbon-rich, and contains lignite-derived trace organics and amino acids. When combined using the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, we're told these ingredients can provide two main benefits:
- Support the integrity of your intestinal walls by creating tight junctions in the gut wall membrane cells.
- The bacterial metabolites can help promote biodiversity in the gut ecosystem and support normal immune function.
To experience these benefits, the company claims you need to take one teaspoon of Restore three times daily. It is non-toxic, even at high doses.
Lignites? Tight junctions? Membrane Cells? Gut ecosystem? Have you gone cross-eyed yet?
If you landed here after visiting the Restore liquid supplement website, you might be swimming in a sea of overcomplicated explanations and scientific terms. Here, we’ll break everything down into digestible bits (pun intended), so you can figure out if it's worth the money.
First, let’s find out how Restore compares to traditional probiotics.
Restore vs. Probiotic Supplements
If you’re interested in gut health, you’ve probably explored probiotics. And you likely noticed that Restore claims to deliver many of the same benefits.
While they might deliver similar advantages, they accomplish it in very different ways, which is what we’ll explore here.
Your Quick Probiotics Reference
In a nutshell, these supplements work by introducing different bacteria strains into your digestive tract, where they’re clinically proven to help aid in digestion, reduce bloating and gassiness, improve IBS symptoms, boost immune function, and reduce allergic reactions.
This is the “gut health” referred to on the Restore website.
On top of these benefits, other than mild, temporary digestive upset, bloating, and gassiness (three of the conditions probiotics can eventually help improve), there are very few side effects associated with probiotics.
Now, how does Restore’s liquid supplement compare?
How Does This Compare to Restore?
The only ingredient in Restore is 150mg of Terrahydrite stabilized lignite (a sedimentary rock formed from compressed peat) extract.
After mining ancient, fossilized soil in the western U.S., the manufacturer applies a series of biochemical procedures to these inert (biologic function) raw ingredients, which they claim, “balances the oxygen redox potential via the addition of trace minerals.”
In layman’s terms, it’s an antioxidant that may help fight off free radicals during the oxidation process.
Further, the manufacturer tells us that Terrahydrite creates an optimal environment for good gut bacteria to flourish. Instead of introducing new bacteria like probiotics, Restore creates an environment where existing bacteria can flourish.
Lastly, the Terrahydrite in Restore promises to help protect tight junctions in the gastrointestinal tract against agricultural herbicides, antibiotics, GMOs, gluten, and food-borne toxins.
The thought is that these substances can increase the space between gut junctions, leading to a condition known as intestinal permeability—more commonly called leaky gut syndrome.
Let’s continue exploring this condition in the next section.
Is Leaky Gut Syndrome a Real Affliction?
When asked this question during an interview for a WebMD article, Linda A. Lee, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center, summed up the situation nicely by replying:
“We don't know a lot, but we know that it exists. In the absence of evidence, we don't know what it means or what therapies can directly address it.”
In a 2016 Time article on the topic, Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, added:
“For a long time, we couldn’t explain how the large molecules that cause allergies or autoimmune diseases got from your gut into your body. There’s still a lot of debate over this, but it appears gaps may sometimes form between the cells that may allow larger molecules through.”
Dr. Fasano and his team discovered a gut protein known as zonulin, which regulates the openings between intestinal cell walls. Because of zonulin’s relationship to gluten, it’s thought that the protein plays a large role in celiac disease.
In fact, this is the very protein that Restore claims to have been shown to inhibit in a clinical trial.
Is Restore Clinically Proven to Work?
The Restore liquid supplement seems to have only been subjected to one 2015 study conducted by John J Gildea, David A Roberts, and Zachary Bush, and published in the Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences.
Without going into unnecessary detail, PT-Gliadin, a major molecular component of gluten, was shown to improve tight junction function in small and large intestine cell cultures (human proximal tubule cells) in the lab. Even alone, Restore was shown to help improve tight junction function.
If you have a couple of minutes, this video can provide some quick insight into the findings:
Based on this data, there are a couple of important points to note:
First, let’s reiterate that leaky gut currently isn’t a well-defined term or a formal medical diagnosis. And while celiac disease and gluten intolerance can be linked to intestinal permeability, it’s not the only cause—although it was the only factor tested with Restore.
Interestingly, according to a 2015 Italian study published in the Journal of Digestion, 86 percent of individuals who believed they were gluten sensitive could tolerate it. So ultimately, the number of gluten intolerant individuals could be much lower.
What’s the point? Unless you’re legitimately gluten intolerant or have been diagnosed with celiac disease, there seems to be insufficient clinical evidence that Restore’s ability to maintain tight junctions will provide meaningful real-world benefits.
What About Lignites? Are There Any Clinically Proven Health Benefits?
Since Restore’s Terrahydrite is a proprietary formula, we’re not told what it contains, other than “lignite-derived trace organics and amino acids.”
Lignites (often called brown coal) contain low energy density and high moisture content, so there aren’t many uses for the substance. After some digging around, though, we found one clinical reference indicating that Rovinari lignite contains the following amino acids:
- Glutamic acid
While amino acids in general, including those above, play essential roles in the human body (manufacturing proteins, for instance), authoritative websites indicate there’s insufficient clinical evidence showing their supplementation can result in any meaningful benefits for otherwise healthy individuals.
The one exception to this seems to be tyrosine, which, at 150mg per day, may help improve alertness following a lack of sleep, as well as mental performance under stressful conditions. But we don’t know if Restore contains enough tyrosine to accomplish this—or that it contains the amino acid at all.
Clinical evidence aside, will you experience any side effects from taking Restore?
Any Potential Side Effects Related to Restore?
The company tells us that some Restore users may experience mild, temporary constipation.
They also recommend not taking probiotics or digestive enzymes for long periods when using Restore, since they claim the intent is to allow a natural bacterial balance to occur.
How Much Does Restore Cost?
- 3oz Bottle (6-day supply) - $14.95
- 8oz Bottle (2-week supply) - $29.95
- 16oz Bottle (1-month supply) - $49.95
- 32oz Bottle (2-month supply) - $69.95
Shipping within the contiguous U.S. is flat rate and ranges between $5.95 and $19.95, depending on your order amount. International shipping options are available for additional fees.
The 16oz and 32oz options are also available through a Restore & Repeat (read: autoship) program at a 20% savings. If you sign up, you’ll continue receiving a fresh supply once per month until you cancel.
All Restore purchases come with a 60-day refund policy, less S&H, although this only applies to first bottle purchases and only on orders through Restore4Life.com. Subscription orders will be subject to a 20% restocking fee.
To request one, you’ll need to send an email (along with your order number) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Customer support can also be reached at 844-432-5488.
Finally, Restore can also be purchased online at Amazon and Lucky Vitamin, as well as at GNC stores and independent local retailers.
What Are Customers Saying In Their Restore Reviews?
All the testimonials on Restore’s website were positive, but was this the case elsewhere online?
On Amazon, Restore’s liquid supplement had an average rating of 4.3 stars at the time of our research, based on more than 300 customer reviews.
There, most compliments related to improved health (reduced gas and bloating, improved digestion, and increased energy), while the most common complaint seemed related to no results (common with any nutritional supplement).
We encountered similar feedback on GNC.com.
From a company perspective, Restore is manufactured by Biomic Sciences, LLC based out of Charlottesville, VA. They had an A- Better Business Bureau rating and no closed complaints as of 1/25/17.
Biomic Sciences was co-founded by Zach Bush, a board-certified doctor in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism, and hospice care, who also works as Director of Clinical Affairs for Revolution Health Center.
David Roberts is Biomic Sciences’ Chief Public Health Officer, who holds a Masters in public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, while John Gildea, Chief Science Advisor, is an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia and research director at the Felder Core Laboratory.
We’ve covered a lot of territory here, so let’s go ahead and wrap everything up.
Will Restore’s Liquid Supplement Revitalize Your Gut Health?
Ultimately, there’s only one clinical study showing that Restore can improve intestinal junction tightness, which was completed in a lab (versus humans). But this study doesn’t draw a direct correlation between tight junctions and meaningfully improved health.
Despite this, the supplement seems to come with mostly positive reviews from customers, more than one of which called it a “miracle” and a “godsend.” Will this be you, too?
There’s no way to know without giving it a try. Fortunately, the company provides a 60-day refund policy on direct orders, although you might be out a few bucks in S&H if you’re dissatisfied.
But if you’re experiencing poor digestion, lack of energy, or chronic gas and bloating, we might recommend speaking with your doctor first.
What did you think about Restore? Did it change your digestion for the better, or did you return your bottle? Either way, we want to hear about your experience by writing a review below!
Restore gut and the nasal spray
After hearing a Nutritionist lecture about Restore gut and the nasal spray, I decided to try it. After a week I haven't noticed many differences in my gut because I don't experience many problems there, although a chiropractor told me I seem to have symptoms of leaky gut. I've been struggling with allergy symptoms for 6 months. Nothing over-the-counter helped much. But in one week, I have almost stopped having any of the classical allergy symptoms my PCP diagnosed and told me to take Flonase or Zyrtec. I really think it has to be the Restore nasal spray.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
5 out 5 people found this review helpful
So far, so good!
I'll start at the beginning. Three years ago I developed what seemed like a dairy allergy, connected to consumption of my favorite frequented food; pizza. Over the years this has developed into a rash resembling eczema at times, always paired with intense itching, particularly on my arms and legs.
Despite a slew of probiotics, exercise, and dietary adjustments, I couldn't seem to free myself from the grasp of this rash. At times it would diminish, but only for a day or two at most. Three doctor appointments later followed by a series of labs I've been deemed fit as a fiddle with only mild signs of inflammation in the blood results.
Internally, I have always been a wreck. GERD, constant gas and belching, etc. After some reading and exploring, I stumbled across "leaky gut syndrome" and instantly the last three years of my life began to make perfect sense. Every condition prior sounded similar to what I was going through, but none covered the entire scope of my experience.
I'm scheduled to see a GI doctor, but I'm impatiently taking matters into my own hands. Step one involved tightening up my diet and eating smaller, more frequent meals. 8oz servings of bone broth morning and evening were also added to my diet, as bone broth is rich in collagen and other nutrients known to repair the gut lining. Step two added apple cider vinegar (Bragg's) to my daily meal routine as I've suspected low stomach acid to be likely. At step three I've found myself eyeing some potentially useful supplements; Restore, Betaine HCL, and L-glutamine, to name a few.
I started with Restore, and one week into it I'm already blown away by the positive side-effect-free results. The first meal after administering Restore was followed by...nothing! No gas, no gerd, no bloating; it was as if I suddenly couldn't feel my insides anymore. The next day, I suddenly got a runny nose and since that day I've been able to breathe clearly through both nostrils; something I haven't been able to do regularly in years. My rash has reduced by about 25%, something which never happened before without applying a prescription eczema ointment.
Ultimately, Restore is not something everyone may benefit from, but if you're like me and your issues seemed linked to the mysterious leaky gut, then you owe yourself at least one bottle of this supplement. I'm nowhere near out of the woods with this condition, but I will continue using Restore while adding betaine HCL and a few other leaky gut supplements and would love to report back in three months with any updates.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
6 out 6 people found this review helpful
Undecided; yes/no, but maybe (forced to choose)
I purchased RESTORE after watching a "Healing from GMOs (and Roundup)" webinar by the Institute for Responsible Technology.
I accepted the Restore sales pitch and purchased a 32 oz bottle. It arrived as expected. "Consume 1 teaspoon (5ml) 3 times a day."
Three to four days later, I was constipated. I stopped taking it and contacted the company. It was not mentioned during the IRT Webinar, but they confirmed constipation is a reported side affect.
"Drink a gallon of water" I was told. Myself, already consuming 1-2L a day, I told her, "not likely." One website I found talked about only taking drops of Restore to start.
After a week or so, daily (depending on how often I eat) bowel movements returned. I started again with 1/2t of Restore in the morning, every other day. Stools became loose and gaseous. This morning, I cut down to 1/4t.
I agree with the importance of gut health, believing it to be a significant part of immune health. I will finish the bottle, even if I need to use a dropper. It has changed my intestinal functioning. For better or worse remains to be seen.
I am choosing to believe that Dr. Zach Bush's goal is to help people, rather than just scam people.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
5 out 6 people found this review helpful
I am re-educating about gut health. After several years of Zantac and Tums, I am off of those and using two supplements, one of which is Restore, which was recommended by my pharmacist. I saw results in 48 hours. I thought I felt pretty good for 67 years, but now I feel great! I do endorse trying this product.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
7 out 7 people found this review helpful
60 days no apparent effects
I found the product through a YT video about 80 days ago and after some research online decided to give it a try. I have been into better health knowledge since around 1984 and have changed my diet and been taking supplements for years now. I still struggle with sugar addictions but in general, have changed my eating habits since the mid-80s.
I am just now at the end of my first 60-day supply of the 32 oz bottle and have taken it religiously. As of yet, I have not really noticed any advantage to taking the product. I stopped taking any probiotic and digestive enzymes that I had been taking before I started the Restore product but did continue my herbal vitamin intake.
The only thing I did notice was a slight difference in my bowel discharge, but I did change my diet slightly as well so can't attribute it only to the Restore product. I would say the change was similar to after taking a fiber intestinal cleanse supplement.
Would I recommend the product? Yes, but I would recommend getting off everything you are currently doing other than eating better to see if the product does anything for you.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
33 out 38 people found this review helpful
Resolved "pre-cancer" lesion in one month
Restore and Plant Paradox Diet.
My dermatologist diagnosed a pre-cancer lesion on my upper lip and recommended Mohs surgery, followed by reconstructive surgery to lessen the resulting scar. She stressed that she could not be responsible for my fate if I chose to wait more than a month to have the surgery. I refused that option over 10 years ago, choosing to apply several oils several times a day.
The lesion continued to scab over and peel several times a week until I learned about Restore in April of 2017. I applied Restore, three times a day, both orally and topically. After two weeks, the lesion was totally gone, along with my sinusitis. Now, two months later, both remain gone. Further, I stopped both pre and probiotics, as Dr. Bush recommends, and saw some quick, though not total, improvement in irritable bowel symptoms as well. I added Dr. Gundry's PLANT PARADOX DIET in June after learning that his research supported Dr. Bush's findings concerning tight junctions and am experiencing formed stools for the first time in years.
I can also make a fist, something painful arthritis has prevented for years; and my varicose veins are disappearing along with some age spots, welcome changes I didn't anticipate. I am profoundly grateful to both Dr. Bush and Dr. Gundry for helping me heal some very long-time health issues. I will continue both Restore and the Plant Paradox diet and recommend both with confidence.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friendView all 1 commentsHide comments
Aug 1, 2017
No, not until you provide a double blind clinical statistical proof of the "resolved" actually curing maladies and diseases, this is all coincidence at best.