Vital Reds by Gundry MD Review: Does It Really Work?

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff Updated on: May 15, 2019

Vital Reds is a powdered blend of polyphenol-rich superfruits, natural fat-burning ingredients, and probiotics that Gundry MD advertises will help increase your natural energy, promote digestion, and improve the health and appearance of your skin.

Additional benefits noted on the website include better food metabolizing, less gas and bloating after meals, smoother bowel movements, and “the feeling of finally having the power to start getting your weight under control.”

All you have to do, Gundry MD tells us, is mix one scoop of Vital Reds’ berry-flavored, quick-dissolve formula with a glass of water or the beverage of your choice, and enjoy once per day, with or without food. From there, its soy, sugar, and artificial sweetener-free blend will get to work.

Combining our in-depth research and interviews with professionals, we’ll take a detailed look at Vital Reds’ formulation, the available clinical evidence for Gundry MD’s claims, and the supplement’s close competitors—all so you can decide whether or not to buy.

How Do the Polyphenols in Vitals Reds Work?

Polyphenols are naturally occurring micronutrient compounds found in plants that give them their color and help protect them from external threats.

In humans, Dr. Jason Reed, founder of BestRxForSavings says, “the most likely reason polyphenols are beneficial is due to the fact that they have antioxidant properties.”

They “prevent free radicals (electrons that bounce off of atoms) from bouncing around inside our bodies and causing a host of [inflammation-based] issues,” he adds, such as atherosclerosis and arthritis.

However, Reed points out that the human body doesn’t require polyphenols to maintain good health. Furthermore, it doesn’t necessarily take dozens of “exotic” ingredients—as Gundry MD advertises for those in Vital Reds—to reap the potential benefits polyphenols might provide, he said.

“Eating the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables will provide plenty of polyphenols,” he advises.

With these details in mind, let’s zoom in and take a closer look at what you’ll consume with each scoop of Vital Reds.

Which Ingredients are in Vital Reds’ Formula?

Gundry MD advertises that Vital Reds contains the following 100% natural and pure ingredients:

  • Thiamin 1.5 mg
  • Riboflavin 1.7 mg
  • niacin 20 mg
  • Vitamin B6 2 mg
  • Folate 667 mcg DFE (400 mcg folic acid)
  • Vitamin B12 6 mcg
  • Biotin 300 mcg
  • Pantothenic Acid 10 mg
  • Selenium 70 mcg
  • Chromium 200 mcg
  • Reds Blend 1,760 mcg – Carrot, organic apple peel, grape skin extract, Aronia berry extract, organic flaxseed, grape seed extract, acai fruit extract, acerola fruit extract, apple, apple pectin, organic beetroot, blackberry, European black currant fruit extract, blueberry fruit concentrate, cranberry fruit extract, mango, mulberry fruit, papaya, pomegranate, red raspberry, strawberry, cantaloupe, cherry, grape, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, plum, watermelon, berberine hydrochloride
  • Metabolic Enhancing Blend 365 mg – Cinnamon bark 5:1 extract, green tea leaf extract, white tea leaf extract, ginger root, turmeric root extract, bitter melon fruit extract, black pepper fruit
  • Digestive Support Blend: Probiotic Blend 3 billion CFU – Bacillus coagulans, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus reuteri
  • Fructooligosaccharides 250 mg

The US Department of Agriculture recommends that adult men and women eat at least two to three cups of vegetables per day, along with one-and-a-half to two cups of fruit.

With this said, the Centers for Disease Control reports that as of 2015, “just 9 percent of adults met the intake recommendations for vegetables,” and “only 12 percent of adults met the recommendations for fruit.”

As such, Reed tells us, “if a patient did not eat a healthy diet that provided the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals, then it appears Vital Reds would be a benefit.”

Still, he notes, he is “not familiar with this product and given that it is a dietary supplement that doesn’t have to meet the same FDA requirements on efficacy and safety, I can’t say for sure.”

We also know that the medical community has used probiotics—beneficial bacteria strains like Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus—for decades to help balance digestion, reduce gassiness and bloating, and even boost immune response.

Over the last several years, probiotic supplements have become popular among consumers as well, who use them to achieve many of the same benefits.

Are There Side Effects Related to Vital Reds’ Ingredients?

The Gundry MD website emphasizes that the natural, mostly food-based ingredients found in Vital Reds are 100% safe, as every batch is tested in the USA at a cGMP-certified facility. Then, it’s rechecked for purity, content, and dosage by a third-party lab.

Still, side effects are always a possibility with any dietary supplement, as are medication interactions, which is why it’s important to speak with your doctor before making any purchases.

With these details in mind, the most common side effects as a whole noted by sites like WebMD, the Natural Medicines Database, and Examine.com for Vital Reds’ ingredients are mild, temporary digestive upset.

We’ve also learned during our past research that probiotics can initially lead to many of the side effects they’re supposed to treat, such as gassiness and bloating, which typically subside quickly.

How Much Does Vital Reds Cost?

Gundry MD prices each jar of Vital Reds as follows:

  • 1 Jar: $69.95
  • 3 Jars: $199.36 ($66.45 per jar)
  • 6 Jars: $377.73 ($62.96 per jar)

We also found Vital Reds sold on Amazon for $47.99 per jar at the time of our research.

All direct US orders include free shipping, along with a 90-day guarantee. To request one, you’ll need to call (800)852-0477.

Vital Reds vs. Competing Polyphenol Supplements

There are perhaps hundreds of powders, antioxidant formulas, and polyphenol supplements competing for your business.

Many of these boast the same features as Vital Reds as well, including a wide assortment of fruit and vegetable extracts, a few different probiotic strains, and formulas that are free from sugar, sweeteners, artificial ingredients, and caffeine and other stimulants.

Here were some of the top-rated results in Amazon:

Brand Price / Cost Per Serving Number of Ingredients Notes
Vital Reds $69.95 / $2.33 55 90-day refund policy
Superfood Vital Reds with Greens $39.97 / $1.33 63 Available in cocoa, mocha, and very berry flavors
KaraMD Revive Reds $28.45 / $0.95 49 Very similar formulation to Vital Reds
Purity Products Super Reds $24.95 / $0.83 47 No probiotics
RealDose Essentials Real Reds $46.95 / $1.57 9 1-year money back guarantee
Organifi Green Juice $69.95 / $2.33 13 60-day refund policy,

While you certainly have a lot of options, choosing the right one might be as easy as deciding which factors to emphasize.

For example, if the price is your number one concern, Vital Reds and Organifi Green Juice tie for the highest cost per serving among popular competitors above. Country Farms comes in meaningfully lower, although since each jar only contains 20 servings, you’ll likely have to reorder more often—or order larger quantities at the same time, thereby increasing your upfront costs.

Formulation-wise, RealDose has the fewest ingredients, while Superfood Vital Reds comes with the most. Note: KaraMD offers a very similar formulation as Vital Reds, but at a price that’s almost 60% lower.

Coming in close behind is Organifi, which offers the second-fewest ingredients in its formulation and also ties with Vital Reds for the highest price per serving.

Furthermore, the manufacturer only gives you 60 days to try Organifi out, whereas RealDose ’s one-year satisfaction guarantee awards them with the lengthiest refund policy.

We’ve covered a lot of ground in a relatively short time here, so let’s pull all of these details together to help you come to a conclusion about Vital Reds from Gundry MD.

Our View: Should You Order Vital Reds?

Here on HighYa, more than 1,300 readers have given the Vital Reds powdered supplement an average rating of 4.3 stars (as of 4/8/19), with nearly 90% saying they’d recommend it to a friend.

It’s also much the same on the Gundry MD website, as well as third-party sites like Amazon. As such, it seems that most customers who give the supplement a try are pleased with their experience.

With these positives in mind, Reed emphasizes that most of us can get all the polyphenols we need just by eating the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables.

So, if you’re willing to invest minimal time into altering your eating habits, you might be able to forego supplementation altogether.

But, even if you’re willing to pay for the convenience of getting your daily fruit and veggie allotment via a powdered drink mix, it’s difficult to ignore the fact that Vital Reds costs meaningfully more than many other polyphenol-focused competitors.

We reached out to Vital Reds multiple times to inquire about which factors influence their higher-than-average pricing but were not able to get an answer. Therefore, we think it’s difficult to recommend Vital Reds to customers who are looking to achieve the most value for their money.

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Improved iron

    • Punta Gorda, FL,
    • Jun 17, 2019
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    I donate platelets every month and have always had borderline results on my iron. My first visit after using this product for 1 week increased my iron from 12.5 to 17; first time ever.

    I started taking the product as part of my Keto diet. Although it is very tasty, I wish it did not have sugar in it.

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

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    • Arizona,
    • Jun 14, 2019
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    I have been using Vital Reds daily now for close to a month. I can't say that I've experienced greatly increased energy yet. But, I do know that I've experienced no stomach discomfort at all since I've been taking Vital Reds. That's great for me. I also feel like I'm stronger, have a bit more stamina and less joint pain.

    I recommended it to my brother who is trying it now. He purchased the same 3 jars that I did. For him, it's early days yet as he's just now making it a daily habit.

    Now I've ordered 3 more jars!

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

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    • Mesa, AZ,
    • Jun 14, 2019
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    My husband and I have been taking the Vital Reds for about a month. We both feel that it has given us more energy and we like getting all the extra supplements that it offers as well.

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

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  • Increase in mental clarity

    • San Clemente, CA,
    • Jun 14, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I feel that mentally I am thinking and remembering more than ever before. Actually, I tell my wife daily that since I started taking Dr. Gundry's Vital Reds my minds is crystal clear. My thoughts are concise and well thought out.

    This is definitely new. I was actually forgetting things so much it was embarrassing.

    Thank you so much!

    P.S. The taste of Vital Reds is incredible!

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

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  • Vital Reds

    • Pompano Beach, FL,
    • Jun 13, 2019
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    I have been taking Vital Reds for about 3 weeks it's helped me to lose weight, reduce my food intake, and has given me more energy. My wife has now started taking Vita Reds and it is helping her to work out and swim sixty laps in the pool every day. I have lost at least five pounds since I started taking Vital Reds.

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

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  • Pleasantly surprised!

    • Elizabethton, TN,
    • Jun 12, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My husband and I purchased Vital Reds after reading Dr. Gundry’s book The Plant Paradox. At first taste, I could really taste the Stevia, and wasn’t sure I would be able to continue with this product. (I have returned products because I couldn’t get past the taste.) I am very sensitive to alternative sweeteners and deal with IBS, Hashimoto’s, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. So, after finishing the first glass, I was really paying attention to see how my body reacted. No bad reactions! My husband said it tasted "okay".

    But after several days of drinking Vital Reds, I noticed I seemed to have more energy and stamina, the IBS symptoms eased, I enjoyed the taste and flavor and was actually looking forward to having it. I now drink it first thing in the morning, and it is yummy tasting! My thought concerning the Stevia is that the type of Stevia used in Vital Reds is a much higher quality than the others I have used in the past.

    My husband also looks forward to having his glass of Vital Reds and asks me to remind him so he won’t forget. He calls it "Kool-Aid"!

    I have tried multiple products over the past 4 decades that promised things and never delivered. Dr. Gundry’s products are top notch, well researched and deliver what he says they will. We are both pleasantly surprised!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Expect good results

    • Lithia, FL,
    • Jun 12, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Good Morning, I have recently become a member and user of Vital Reds. So far I have not noticed all the benefits as I am only on my first cannister and several weeks into my usage. I expect good results in the near future.

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

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    • Jun 13, 2019

      Company Response from Gundry MD

      Hi Jody! Thank you for sharing your experience with Vital Reds. I encourage you to continue taking Vital Reds consistently to see the best results. If at any time you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at aria@gundrymd.com and I'd be more than happy to assist you.


  • Great taste

    • Levin, New Zealand,
    • Jun 11, 2019
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    I have my Vital Reds every day in a vanilla protein shake, which I have mixed with Almond Milk and water as part of my weight loss routine. I love the flavor of the berries and it's such a great way to have it.

    So far I have not noticed any difference, however, I will keep taking it.

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

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  • Tastes great!

    • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,
    • Jun 11, 2019
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    I've just started taking Vital Reds a few days ago and I'm excited that it tastes great and I look forward to taking it every day. My energy level has increased a bit and I've shared my Vital Reds with my family and they loved it.

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

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  • Benefit

    • Diamond Bar, CA,
    • Jun 11, 2019
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    It helps increase my energy levels and maintain my alertness and focus throughout all day. It helps increase my metabolism and less fatigue after a day my work, not like other energy drink. It is easily soluble with any liquid such as water, juice, and easy to drink and easy clean.

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

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  • Still at the beginning stages I think.

    • South Carolina,
    • Jun 8, 2019
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    I only just finished my first jar of Vital Reds. But in truth, I was in such a hurry to see results I started taking it twice a day from day 3.

    Unfortunately, I'm not feeling the extra energy I hope to be feeling. I am, however, having bowel movements more than before. Not painful or worrisome, I believe in garbage in, garbage out, so maybe Vital Reds is helping me get the garbage out.

    About the time I got the Vital Reds shipment I started an extensive workout routine. Either walking and/or jogging one day, then biking the next.

    I've biked up to 26 miles in one day and covered as much as 12 miles on a walk/jog day. I've also added going to the gym 3 times a week and I'm doing well at that.

    Would I have been able to do all this without Vital Reds? I don't know, but I'm glad that I don't have to worry about it. I have Vital Reds and I will go as far as I can with them.

    Look for an update next month!

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

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    • Jun 10, 2019

      Company Response from Gundry MD

      Hi Chris, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback! That's fantastic! I encourage you to continue giving Vital Reds a try and if at any time you have any questions or concerns, please email me at aria@gundrymd.com and I'd be more than happy to assist you.


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