About Restore

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Jan 29, 2017

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:

  1. Support the integrity of your intestinal walls by creating tight junctions in the gut wall membrane cells.
  2. 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

The HighYa team has talked a lot about probiotics over the years, whether it’s individual supplements, how they work, possible side effects, or the best way to buy one.

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.

Second, celiac disease (the inability to process gluten) only affects about one percent of the population, while gluten sensitivity is thought to affect as many as 18 million Americans.

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:

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 returns@restore4life.com. 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.

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!

Read 14 Restore Customer Reviews and Complaints

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  • Restore

    • By Karen E.,
    • Jefferson City, MO,
    • Dec 28, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am on my first bottle. I was diagnosed 3 years ago with celiac. Even on a strict diet, I have many flare-ups. I am not supposed to eat beef, pork, dairy, or oranges. Plus no wheat. My symptoms include inflammation, swollen joints, and have an upset stomach and diarrhea. So far with Restore for only for two weeks, I have not had a flare-up! Will continue with an update!

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

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  • 7 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Restore to mitigate pesticides in your food

    • By James M.,
    • Afton, VA,
    • Oct 8, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Restore, created through research from a team of Ph.D.'s and a triple board-certified doctor with the background, acumen, and resources, to provide CURRENT scientific peer-reviewed information, not outdated regurgitated erroneous information based on profits for big pharma. The facts currently prove that 90+ % of Americans have Glyphosate weed killer in their urine from their current diet or other exposures. Glyphosate doesn't have to be tested on humans for safety says the company who makes it, so the government agencies put in place to protect us don't test it on humans because the company that profits from it says it only affects plants who have the shikimate pathway. Unfortunately, the human body has more plant cells in it than mammal cells. Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic so it kills all the beneficial bacteria (or Flora) in our bodies. It is currently sprayed on most non-organic wheat, corn, soy, potatoes and almost all of the grain fed to animals raised for food for us. The product Restore is one of the only things out there that can help protect you and mitigate the effects of glyphosate roundups that are sprayed on your food. Since everyone has some level of glyphosate in their body, it is very likely to have a beneficial effect and improve your gut health. This is a doctor who started his own clinic in the poorest area of Virginia, with no outlook for profit. Additionally starting a non-profit to help farmers transition to organic regenerative farming. Literally one of the cutting edge medical minds in the world, his research has been and will continue to be common knowledge and universally accepted in the coming months, everyone else is just stuck in the past and stuck on the medication illness train. You owe it to yourself to watch several of his videos, there is no one intelligent that can deny the science presented.

    How much good can taking probiotic do if you are killing that beneficial Flora every day by eating food with glyphosate in it? Eat organic as a start, try the restore even if you don't feel a personal difference, at least you will be protecting yourself from a patented antibiotic and known carcinogenic Glyphosate.

    As for myself, I have noticed a huge improvement in less bloating, less acid, and more consistent bowel movements. I have only been on it for 2 weeks. I'm excited to have found something that helps and isn't a bandaid medication. Good luck to all.

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

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  • 36 out 50 people found this review helpful


    • By Mike A.,
    • New Jersey,
    • Mar 1, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I used Restore with no noticeable improvement. Did some research and got the impression that the internet was flooded with propaganda and positive testimonial sites, making it very hard to find real data.

    I watched one of Dr. Zach's videos. Suspiciously looks like it follows a very simple con routine of showing you how sick you are and then showing you the cure. So I can totally see how people who were never really sick would take this and feel better. However, truly sick people (as evidenced by the 20%+ negative reviews on Amazon) either get worse or have no relief. Dr. Zach's videos are very convincing by mixing some real science and alternative medical truths with some incredible leaps to ridiculously far fetched conclusions.

    As a clinical chemist with 35+ years in the medical diagnostic research and clinical fields, it was not hard for me to see that much of the science and statistics presented were severely flawed. It reminds me of the fulvic acid scam started by the work of Everette Storey, who drank and had people drinking soil conditioner (fulvic acid) with drain cleaner. BTW, Everette Storey died of throat cancer - although there is evidence that fulvic acid, a humic acid, maybe bemeficial (see below). The video did show that the one in-vitro study referenced on this web page was done by the Restore people (not very unbiased). Also found some publications indicating that similar coal-derived substances may be linked to cancer. I did find some studies that showed up to a 20% increase of microbiome with ingestion of humic acids (but nothing on tight junctions). Also found very strong studies showing that mago is a potent prebiotic and a piece of raw, ripe mango a day is a super economical way to increase the microbiome. You're better off going with the mango and humic acid (both of which are based on valid scientific studies) then with Restore, which is based on pseudoscience.

    Additionally, I found it interesting that one website accused the Restore folks, who are based in Virginia, as having registered their corporation in Delaware.

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

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  • 16 out 18 people found this review helpful

    It is working for me at almost 70 days.

    • By David B.,
    • Destin, FL,
    • Feb 17, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am an adult male, mid-50s, who has learned to manage relatively severe adult ADD with about 60mg of Ritalin a day. I have been taking that for almost three decades.

    In addition, I am about 15 years into Type 2 diabetes. In my last doctor's appointment, it was decided that I need to up my insulin significantly.

    For a year a good friend has been telling me about this product and on December 5, 2018 I started using this product precisely as prescribed in the instructions. I started with three teaspoons thrice daily and some days I took a little more but never more than 5 teaspoons and that was rare.

    In about 45 to 50 days I began to notice my Ritalin was having less effect on me and I grew concerned that something was preventing it from getting into my system. So much so I asked my friend if that was possible and he came back, "No! I really don't think so!"

    I started to take closer notice and discovered it was not having as drastic an effect because I felt better in general. My brain was not as foggy as usual and my normal lows were far milder. I normally have about a 22 to 24-day cycle in my brain's clarity, this resulting from living with and studying ADD for nearly three decades.

    At just over 60 days I began to notice my blood glucose bottoming out more and more. I had increased my insulin usage following my last doctor's appointment but more and more I found myself needing some candies to bring me back up. I reduced my insulin to previous levels three months prior and still had problems with low blood glucose, but they were not as severe. For about 10 days now I have been using about half of my previous levels.

    The only other thing I changed was I started eating a few more items that are non-GMO and organic, but that change is probably less than 15% of my overall diet.

    I try to go on walks but do it sporadically, lucky if I do anything once or twice a week though I am continually trying to change that.

    I have and will continue to tell my story, recommending people try it. Give it two or three months of religious use before judging, please! It has changed me tremendously for the better.

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

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  • 7 out 11 people found this review helpful


    • By Sarah B.,
    • Trumbull, CT,
    • Feb 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Very good overall effect! Sleep improving! Reduces cravings and increases mental alertness. Two friends say they felt almost immediate effects. Better bowel function, my teenage son also feels some good effect, I got it primarily for him because I’m convinced he has been affected by glyphosate.

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

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  • 19 out 50 people found this review helpful

    It's a scam!

    • By Laura D.,
    • Ontario, Canada,
    • Feb 2, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    It's a scam, it will prompt you to order more than you wish to. It charged my credit about $900. I immediately emailed them and stated, "You do not have my permission to charge my credit that amount!" What do they do? They ship the product. Now I have a bill for $900. It's a SCAM!

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

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  • 25 out 31 people found this review helpful

    Outstanding product!

    • By Nancy B.,
    • Sidney, OH,
    • Sep 13, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have had a very bloated gut for six months and I kept blaming it on my overeating and sugar consumption. I then I vowed to get on a diet, only to fail week after week because the sugar cravings were consuming my every thought. I started Restore, and by day three my cravings were gone, my gut was no longer looking like a 9-month pregnant woman, and my bowels relieved themselves a minimum of twice a day. I returned to a vibrant, energized 66-year-old with a nice flat gut with much more clarity of thought. I have only been on Restore a short time now, but I can't be without it, the improvement in my level of functioning has given me enormous encouragement to the belief that I can live a vibrant, joyous life as a senior citizen. Thank you Dr. Bush and your development team for this amazing product!

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

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  • 22 out 75 people found this review helpful


    • By Heather Y.,
    • Fairfax, VA,
    • Jun 11, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    A family recommended this for our child who has symptoms of IBS. After my husband ordered, I see the ingredients contain Lithium (the bi-polar drug). Is anyone concerned about this?

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

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  • 21 out 23 people found this review helpful

    Restore gut and the nasal spray

    • By Raye DeSpain,
    • Scottsdale, AZ,
    • Feb 17, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    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

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  • 47 out 48 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

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  • 25 out 33 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

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