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Vital Reds Review: A Detailed Look at Benefits, Ingredients, and Safety

Written by Ana Reisdorf, MS, RD

Reviewed by Anthony Dugarte, MD 

Last Updated on May 6, 2021

Our Expert Rating:

3.9

About This Rating
The average rating of this product is calculated based on the evaluation of the following factors:
  • Support for Claims:3.5
  • Ingredient Safety:5.0
  • Value for the Price:3.0
  • Brand Transparency:4.0

Gundry MD Vital Reds is a powdered fruit product enhanced with probiotics and herbal extracts. Although it does contain healthful ingredients, it will never substitute eating fruits and veggies.

Vital Reds Review: A Detailed Look at Benefits, Ingredients, and Safety

Pros

  • Contains antioxidant-rich ingredients
  • May support gut health with probiotics
  • Easy way to increase nutrients in diet

Cons

  • Does not replace fruits and vegetables in the diet
  • Weight loss ingredients supported by limited evidence
  • Expensive

Background

Vital Reds by Gundry MD is a fruit and vegetable powder supplement that claims to combine 34 “superfruits” and probiotics into just one scoop.

The product is meant to increase energy levels, improve digestion, and support skin health.

To understand a bit more about Vital Reds, it is important to know about Dr. Steven Gundry. Dr. Gundry is a “celebrity” self-proclaimed nutrition expert and cardiologist.

He is the author of the best-selling book “The Plant Paradox” and has an extensive line of dietary supplements that support his nutrition theories.

The primary focus of his methodology is improving gut health by avoiding foods that contain lectins.

Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins found in many plant foods, legumes, and whole grains.

Dr. Gundry believes that lectins are harmful to the gut and the microbiome. Therefore he recommends avoiding many healthful foods to reduce the lectin content of the diet.

According to Dr. Gundry, once the gut is healed, through a combination of a low lectin diet and supplements to improve gut health, all other health issues will resolve.

Therefore, it would make sense that since Dr. Gundry recommends eliminating many nutrient-rich foods, that he would then want to sell a supplement full of nutrients to replace what has been lost with his diet prescription.

Evaluation of Ingredients

The ingredients in Vital Reds are powdered versions of high antioxidant fruits, vegetables, probiotics, and plant extracts.

Many of the benefits of these plant-based ingredients are supported by scientific evidence.

Reds Blend – 1760 mg

The reds blend contains 34 powdered fruits, vegetables, and seeds. It is well documented that a diet full of fruits and vegetables helps reduce the risk of chronic disease.

But, what about in powdered form? This may have benefits as well.

There have been some studies that have evaluated the impact of fruit and vegetable powder on oxidative stress, a trigger of chronic disease.

A 2011 study of 75 smokers found that fruit and vegetable powders were able to reduce some of the oxidative damage caused by smoking.

A 2013 study found that fruit powder was able to decrease inflammation and oxidative stress in middle-aged women when compared to a placebo.

Fruit and vegetable powders have also been found to strengthen immunity and improve skin health.

Although these types of powders may have some health benefits, my concern is they might encourage people to skip eating real fruits and veggies.

Metabolic-Enhancing Blend – 365 mg

The metabolic blend contains 7 thermogenic ingredients designed to help with fat burning.

It includes bitter melon, green tea, cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric. Many of these extracts have anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties.

Bitter melon has been found to improve blood sugar and may help with weight management.

But, at this time, most of the research on its benefits is either on animals or has small sample sizes.

There is some evidence that the green tea extract EGCG may help with weight loss, but most of the studies involve drinking tea, not taking an extract.

These extracts may help support a healthy metabolism and help you lose weight while following a healthy diet. 

Digestive Support Blend – 3 Billion CFU

The digestive blend is a fairly standard mix of probiotics that includes strains from the Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus families, which have been found to be most beneficial to gut health.

Vital Reds also contain the prebiotics called fructo-oligosaccharides which serve as food for the probiotics.

Probiotics can help improve digestion and support a healthy gut

Verdict on Claimed Benefits

Below is our summary of the available evidence for the claimed benefits of Vital Reds based on the available research:

  • Supports digestive healthGold Star Evidence
  • Boosts energy levelsModerate Evidence
  • Promotes fat burningLimited Evidence
  • Supports skin health and appearanceStrong Evidence

Side Effects, Safety, and Dosage

The dosage of Vital Reds is 1 scoop mixed into a glass of water. It has a berry flavor, which is probably quite sweet and enjoyable.

I don’t have any significant safety concerns with this product.

High doses of EGCG may result in liver damage at doses of 800 mg or higher, but there is not enough in just one scoop for that to occur.

Probiotics in the product may sometimes cause digestive problems like bloating and gas. 

The FAQ section for the product states that it has been third-party tested, but I don’t see any information on their website about the type of testing.

As always, you want to speak to your doctor before taking any dietary supplements.

Cost and Where to Buy

One canister of Vital Reds costs $69.95, but you can get it for $49.95 as a new customer.

You can also save money if you buy more than one bottle at once.

The best place to purchase Vital Reds is from Dr. Gundry’s website.

Gundry MD does offer a money-back guarantee within 90-days, even if you use all of the product. This does not cover shipping and handling to return the canisters.

How Vital Reds Compares to Alternatives

Like many of Dr. Gundry’s other supplements, Vital Reds is quite expensive compared to its competitors.

There are many of these fruit and vegetable powders on the market that are less expensive but have a similar ingredients list.

I am not sure there is a significant difference between these fruit-based powders and don’t see the value in this particular brand over similar alternatives. 

A similar product that I have personally used is IVL’s Go Ruby Go. It tastes great and is about half the cost of Vital Reds.

Divine Health’s Red Superfood Powder is also similar in ingredients, but also half the price.

The Bottom Line

Overall, Vital Reds is an expensive way to get some of the benefits you might find eating whole fruits and vegetables.

Also, drinking your fruits and veggies won’t help you feel satisfied like you would if you ate real food.

I am never against people getting more nutrients into their diet. So, if you want to pay almost $70 to slightly increase your antioxidants and nutrients, there isn’t any real harm to your health.

Even though Vital Reds is just a fruit and vegetable powder, speak to your doctor before taking any supplements. 

A Word from Our RD

A better and cheaper approach to increase the nutrients in your diet would be to challenge yourself to eat 7–9 servings of multi-colored fruits and vegetables daily.

Whole fruits and vegetables provide nutrients, fiber, and satisfaction that cannot be achieved by taking a powder.

The greater variety of plants you can get into your daily diet, the healthier you will be without an expensive supplement.

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