Total Restore, produced by Gundry MD, is a supplement that’s supposed to boost the health of the gut, reduce the symptoms of leaky gut, and provide boosts of energy. The formula contains a wide range of ingredients that specifically benefit the gut, from herbal extracts to fruit.
The formula is a little different from most of the formulas that I review because it’s sold in capsules rather than a powder, so it’s going to be really interesting to see if the capsules can really pack a punch.
Although the Gundry MD company has been put under scrutiny a few times, and not everyone agrees with CEO Steven Gundry’s thoughts on nutrition, this formula is extremely popular, so maybe it’s popular for good reason!
If you’re thinking of buying Total Restore, or you’re keen to take a look at this Gundry MD capsule supplement, check out my full Total Restore review below.
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Total Restore First Impressions
I’m not crazy about the Gundry MD website at an initial glance, as everything looks a little too clinical and the branding seems to lack personality. Nonetheless, there’s a good selection of supplements, with each supplement having clear photos and a mass of informative content about them, which is important!
Looking at the Total Restore product, again, I’m not blown away and the branding still looks clinical and very serious, although, I think I’ve realized that that must be the Gundry MD aesthetic.
However, I am pleased to see a wide range of information about the formula, the ingredients, the benefits, and a number of customer reviews.
Overall, I’m neither here nor there about the formula, so I’m really looking forward to seeing how it stands up to my test.
Other Gundry MD supplements I have reviewed:
Background on Gundry MD
Gundry MD was founded in 2016 by cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Steven Gundry. Gundry is also a popular author, with some of his books becoming New York Times bestsellers.
The company was founded after Gundry decided he wanted to provide health to all, with his number one mission to “dramatically improve human health”. The brand produces a wide range of supplements, with Total Restore sitting beside a red powder and a prebiotic supplement as a best seller.
Unfortunately, the brand does have a few complaints on the Better Business Bureau, but most of the complaints have been dealt with by the company.
Total Restore Benefits
Total Restore is a formula that’s supposed to promote a healthy gut lining and reduce symptoms of leaky gut, with the brand stating that gut health is the key to good overall health, which is true!
The brand claims that the formula will promote a healthy gut lining by reducing gas, reducing bloating, and helping to combat junk food cravings. The capsules are also said to boost feelings of energy and focus, as well as support joint health.
Honestly, I’m slightly confused as to why there aren’t more gut health benefits for a formula that’s specifically targeted towards those with digestive issues, However, that’s what the brand has chosen to share!
Total Restore Ingredients
Total Restore contains 24 ingredients in total, including the ingredients that make the capsules. The ingredients label contains one small fruit proprietary blend, but apart from that, the amount of each ingredient is shown.
I have concerns though as the amount of each ingredient is very small which brings about concerns of efficacy. Although, we’ll take a look at that in closer detail later in this review.
- L-Glutamine (213mg)
- N-Acetyl – D Glucosamine – (142mg)
- Magnesium Beta-Hydroxybutyrate – (86mg)
- Grape Seed (95% proanthocyanidins) Seeds Extract (58mg)
- Licorice Roots Powder (54mg)
- Wormwood Powder (50mg)
- Cinnamon Bark Powder (50mg)
- Maitake Mushroom (30% Polysaccharides) Extract (34mg)
- Organic Strawberry, Organic Raspberry, Organic Blueberry, Organic Tart Cherry, Organic Elderberry, and Organic Cranberry (Vita Berry) (22mg)
- Cloves Buds Powder (17mg)
- Black Pepper Seeds Powder (17mg)
- Grapefruit Seeds Extract (17mg)
- Marshmallow Roots Powder (10mg)
- Zinc L-Carnosine (PepZin GI) (10mg)
- Berberine Bark Powder (3mg)
- Other Ingredients – Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (vegetarian capsule), Microcrystalline Cellulose (plant fiber), Silicon Dioxide, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source).
Here is the supplement facts label:
How does Total Restore Taste?
Due to the fact that the Total Restore formula exists within capsules, there’s no taste, as long as you swallow before the capsule disintegrates.
Gundry MD doesn’t specifically provide any side effect warnings. However, the brand does advise consulting a medical professional before consumption, and they mention that the formula contains shellfish.
I think this is good advice, however, I would recommend not consuming the formula at all before you’ve talked to a medical professional if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking medication or you have a medical condition.
In addition, I also think it’s important to state that this formula isn’t vegetarian, even though the capsules are vegetarian. Although that’s not a side effect warning, it’s important to state that it contains fish as I think the use of vegetarian capsules may mislead some vegetarians to think it’s suitable for them!
Does Total Restore Work?
Unlike most of the other supplements that I review that are available in powdered form, Total Restore is a capsule supplement. As you’ll probably know if you’re a regular Lifehacker Guy reader, I don’t like it when brands use capsules!
Although capsules might be easy to take, tasteless, and easy to carry around with you, most capsule supplements contain insufficiently dosed ingredients, meaning they probably actually won’t provide the consumer with any benefits at all.
Looking at Total Restore, this issue seems to ring true. The brand isn’t open about the amount of formula in each capsule, but from the ingredients label, we can see that the total amount of whole food ingredients within the formula is 792mg, or 0.79g. This is a ridiculously small amount of formula, even if taken three times a day as suggested (this would work out at 2,448mg or 2.45g.
Although nearly all of the ingredients don’t have standard recommended doses, if we look at the maitake mushroom recommended dose compared to the amount in this capsule, it’s very concerning!
The recommended dose for maitake mushroom is 3mg/kg of weight. So, if you weigh 60kg, you would need 180mg per day.
In Total Restore, there’s only 34mg of maitake mushroom, meaning that even taken three times daily, you’d only receive 102mg. This means you’d have to weigh only 34kg for the maitake mushroom in this formula to benefit you, which is simply crazy.
Overall, I’m very hesitant when it comes to the efficacy of Total Restore, especially after looking at the dosing of maitake mushroom. I think it’s fair to say that although some of the ingredients in these capsules could provide health benefits, the majority of them will be underdosed.
However, it is good to see that the amount of the majority of ingredients is shown.
Total Restore Reviews
Total Restore is available on Amazon, and there are nearly 3,000 reviews of the product on there, which is a huge number of reviews! However, overall, Total Restore is rated 3.8 stars out of 5 stars, which isn’t a good score!
Nonetheless, let’s take a look at some of the reviews, from the best to the worst!
This product is AMAZING! Best friend of 63 years after a colonoscopy diagnosed with twisted sigmoid colon with extreme diverticulitis. Dr. Said the only option was a colonoscopy. After 6 months of intestinal pain, passing blood and constant bowel problems I shared with my wife (RN) his problem. Her comment was leaky gut disease. Found Total Restore purchased and delivered to a friend from Amazon. He called morning to say 5 days free of pain and bloody stools. He had been taking Total Restore for 9 days. Miracle he said.5-star reviewer
My husband has had great success with total restore. He had his gallbladder removed and for several years suffered from diarrhea after eating many foods. He was afraid to be far from home. Since he began to take the pills (within 2 weeks), the diarrhea has stopped and we have been going out to eat more often. He still chooses a more healthier meal. Unfortunately, total restore did not work for me. I suffered from insomnia , nausea, and indigestion. I had to stop taking them.3-star reviewer
If I could give this a -100 stars I would. I took it for 2 weeks and had actually made an appointment with the doctor to see why I was so sick. The muscles in my legs were on fire with pain and every day I woke up with nausea. It finally dawned on me it might be this supplement, two days after stopping I started feeling better, by the end of the week I was back to riding my horse. I did not buy this thru Amazon but feel obligated to let people know possible side effects.1-star reviewer
Money-Back Guarantee / Returns Policy
Gundry MD offers a 90-day money-back guarantee, which is great to see! However, this money-back guarantee doesn’t cover shipping costs.
Where to buy Total Restore?
Is It Worth The Price?
One bottle of Total Restore contains 90 capsules, and with a serving size of three capsules, one bottle contains 30 servings.
One bottle costs $69.95, which means the cost per serving works out at $2.33. You can save money by purchasing multiple bottles.
Three bottles of Total Restore costs $191.85 in total, with the cost per serving working out at $2.13. Six bottles of Total Restore costs $317.70 in total, with the cost per serving working out at $1.77.
People that look at Total Restore may initially think that the cost of the formula is inexpensive, seeing as the formula contains 90 capsules. However, seeing as the serving size is actually three capsules, the formula is nowhere near as cheap as you might initially think!
Regardless of the specific cost, whether it’s the discounted option or full price, I think this formula is overpriced. It’s unclear whether these capsules will actually provide benefits seeing as the formula is probably underdosed, and there’s a multitude of negative reviews on this product saying that it has caused side effects or simply isn’t working.
The Bottom Line
Unfortunately, I’m not impressed with the Total Restore capsule supplement. Obviously, my main cause for concern is the fact that the formula very likely contains insufficiently dosed ingredients and therefore the formula probably won’t work.
Other concerns about the product are the small serving size, the multitude of negative reviews, the steep price, and the fact there aren’t many benefits associated with the formula in relation to improved gut health.
My advice would be to choose a gut health supplement, or a super greens formula that benefits gut health, that has a fully disclosed ingredients label, contains sufficiently dosed ingredients, and is sold as a powder, not as capsules!
With insufficiently dosed ingredients, a fairly expensive price tag, and some really negative consumer reviews, I would certainly not purchase or consume this formula.
I would recommend you to look elsewhere and choose a super greens formula that has a fully disclosed label and actually contains sufficiently dosed ingredients, without the added sugar.