Beets pack a powerful punch with their distinctive “earthy” flavor and deep red pigmentation. Supplements derived from the vegetable have exploded in popularity in recent years as science unravels the numerous benefits of dietary nitrates.
Naturally, many people question whether these supplements are a match for raw beets. This leads us to an important point — there is no reason to switch to a supplement if you already enjoy preparing and consuming whole beets.
Nevertheless, convenience, taste, and standardization of nitrate content are a few of the factors that drive interest in supplements. Therefore, we put this buyer’s guide together for consumers wondering which brand of supplement or variety of beet powder offers the best results and best value for money.
Best Beet Powders & Beet Supplements
Different Types Of Beet Supplements
This primer is intended to help you differentiate between various kinds of beet products. There are many options on the market and it’s easy to run into confusion trying to understand the key facts.
- Beet juice concentrates are typically obtained by cold-pressing raw beets into a pure juice, which is then dehydrated and shipped by the manufacturer. Popular brands include SuperBeets and BioBeet juice. They are normally consumed with water and have a higher nitrate content than regular beet powder on a per gram basis (1).
- Plain beet powders are more straightforward — raw beets are simply ground up and then dehydrated for shipping. These powders are bulkier and contain more fiber than juice concentrates, which makes them less easy to consume in meaningful quantities. However, they are a good candidate as an added ingredient in smoothies, rather than simply mixing with water.
- Beet capsules made from plain beet powder are unlikely to offer much meaningful benefit. This is primarily a practical issue — it simply isn’t possible to fit enough product into a small capsule to provide a sizeable quantity of the micronutrients present in raw beets.
- Beet extracts are also usually retailed in capsules. Unlike regular beet powder, extracts are designed to standardize the quantity of a particular nutrient in beets (e.g. dietary nitrates). This is intended to increase the potency and consistency of effect.
Beet supplements and juices have exploded in popularity in recent years. Once an unfashionable (but undoubtedly healthy) vegetable, research into the role of nitric oxide in the body has revived interest in beets as a health food.
Other beet-based supplements include:
Below you’ll find our buyer’s guide, which is intended to help you find the best beet-based supplements. Our ratings factor in value, quality, and taste.
Best Value For Money: BulkSupplements Beet Powder
Many people who’ve purchased supplements or powders before will be familiar with the Bulk Supplements brand. They have aggressively adopted the “no-frills” approach and seek to undercut rival sellers on price across a broad range of products.
This beet powder offers undeniably good value for money in quantities ranging from 100g up to 1kg. Larger packs will typically last for several months and are therefore a great option for any buyer keen to stick to a tight budget.
However, there are several drawbacks:
Dietary nitrates in beets are a key factor driving interest in beet-based supplements. Nitrate-rich vegetables like beets boost nitric oxide production in the body. In turn, this may help lower blood pressure in some individuals (2, 3).
Although any pure beet powder will contain nitrates, some rival supplements specifically standardize levels to maintain a consistent dosage per serving. Also, this Bulk Supplements product isn’t certified organic. Nevertheless, it is tested for purity and has been well received by buyers.
- Extremely competitive price
- Established brand with good customer service record
- No added ingredients or sweeteners
- May not dissolve or blend as easily as finely granulated products
- The absence of added flavors and sweeteners means the product tastes very strongly of beets — a drawback for people who don’t like the vegetable but want to enjoy its health benefits
- Not certified organic
This is the best way to use the powder:
- Use between 3.5g (1/2 tbsp) and 7g (1 tbsp) daily
- Mix the powder with water and consume
- Alternatively, if you don’t enjoy the taste, consider blending the powder with other ingredients to create a smoothie (e.g. this berry and beet recipe)
Best Taste: SuperBeets (Apple/Black Cherry)
Many of you will have read the review in which we leveled several fair criticisms at SuperBeets. Most notably, their product is more expensive than those of many rivals.
Indeed, the drawbacks of SuperBeets are plentiful enough to warrant the consideration of alternative products. However, the humann team does deserve some credit for formulating a product that is tolerable (and even enjoyable) for those of us who don’t appreciate the earthy taste of whole beets.
They’ve also managed to achieve this without adding sugar to their formula. This is a clear benefit for anyone seeking to enjoy the heart-healthy properties of beets without having their efforts undermined by sugar content.
SuperBeets is primarily a combination of both regular and fermented beet powder. The ingredients responsible for the product’s flavor are as follows:
- Natural black cherry/apple flavor
- Malic acid is a food additive that adds tartness (or sourness)
- Stevia leaf extract is a common sweetener and sugar substitute
Standardized nitrate content is a further benefit of SuperBeets. The manufacturer claims that each daily serving contains the nitrate equivalent of three whole beets. However, despite the relatively high price tag, SuperBeets is not certified organic at present.
- SuperBeets powder comes in very fine granules that clump noticeably less than many powders
- Fine granules also tend to mix easier when added to fluids
- The taste of SuperBeets may be preferable to plain beet powder for those who don’t enjoy the distinctive taste of this vegetable
- SuperBeets comes at an expensive premium and may be outside the budget of some consumers
- Not certified organic
This is the best way to use the powder:
- Mix one teaspoon with 4oz of water and consume
- Store the canister in a cool, dry place
- Seal the lid tightly to avoid any unwanted clumping of the powder
Best Quality: BioBeet Juice
BioBeet Juice is a rarity among concentrated beet powders. It is manufactured using USA (Utah) grown beets and is also certified USDA organic. On the other hand, most budget products source their beets from Asia.
It’s worth noting that beets sourced from abroad are not necessarily nutritionally inferior to American beets. However, some consumers do have a preference for homegrown.
Much like SuperBeets, BioBeet Juice is highly concentrated and therefore possesses a higher nitrate content per scoop than plain beet powder.
As we mentioned earlier, plain beet powder is obtained by grinding up and drying raw beets.
Beet juice concentrates go through an extra step: the beets are cold-pressed into a juice and are then dehydrated for shipping. This increases the concentration of dietary nitrates (1).
If you’re debating whether to use BioBeet Juice or SuperBeets then the critical difference lies in flavor: the BioBeet product contains no added sweeteners or flavorings. Conversely, SuperBeets does contain the sweetener Stevia and natural flavorings.
BioBeets does hold several other advantages over SuperBeets: it is cheaper, contains more servings per container, and is organic certified.
- USDA certified organic and US sourced beets
- No added ingredients
- Cheaper than other leading concentrated juice powders
- The flavor of SuperBeets may be preferable to BioBeet Juice for anyone who doesn’t enjoy the taste of beets
This is the best way to use the powder:
- Add one scoop (3g) to water or juice
- Mix and consume straight away
- If necessary, use a shaker bottle for better mixing
- Seal tightly and store in a cool, dry place
Best Beet Capsules: Toniiq Beet Root
Many people enjoy beet juice concentrates and powders but there can be little doubt that the vegetable polarizes us on the question of taste. Beet extract capsules are a popular alternative because they offer convenience and tastelessness.
Toniiq’s beet capsules are relatively new to the market but the manufacturer has a long track record of delivering on quality and customer service.
Their product is a rarity and gains our top pick on the basis that its organic beet capsules are standardized for nitrate content. Nitrates are compounds found in raw beets and other vegetables.
In the body, nitrates are converted to nitric oxide, which plays an important role in vascular (blood vessel) function (4).
The great majority of beet extracts on the market do not offer a standardized concentration of nitrates. Furthermore, the capsules are produced in a GMP-certified facility in Florida and are priced competitively.
- Standardized nitrate content
- Competetively priced
- Organic beet extract
- Loose powders are preferable for anyone seeking to consume beets mixed with water or juice
This is the best way to use the capsules:
- Take two capsules once per day, ideally with a meal
What Is Beet Powder?
As we pointed out in our review of the SuperBeets brand, beet powder is harvested from dried beets. This process eliminates the “bulk” of the vegetable, which in its raw form is composed mainly of water and carbohydrates (from sugar and fiber).
Beet concentrates are typically obtained by cold-pressing raw beets. The juice is then dehydrated and shipped as powder. These products are typically consumed with water.
Beet-based supplements have surged in popularity over recent years. Initial interest in beets centered on the role of dietary nitrates in vascular health. However, more lately beets have been touted as an athletic aid and energy booster.
Consumers have turned to supplements primarily for reasons of taste and practicality. Many beet powders contain flavorings and/or sweeteners to enhance the flavor profile of the product. Stevia is one ingredient commonly used as a substitute for sugar.
Of course, consuming raw beets does carry certain advantages over beet supplements. First (and most obviously), beets purchased from a grocery store are likely to be cheaper. However, whole beets are also an excellent source of fiber.
Beets and beet juice are also sources of folate, vitamin C, potassium, and manganese. The deep red coloration of beets comes as a result of betalain pigments. These compounds have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity (5).
What Are Beet “Crystals”?
Some manufacturers refer to their beet powders as “concentrated beet crystals.” Finely powdered beet supplements may mix more easily with water and tend to “clump” less.
However, “beet crystals” is mainly deployed as a marketing term. Most of the leading beet juice concentrates on the market offer finely granulated powders.
What About Side Effects?
Beet supplements are unlikely to cause significant side effects when taken at recommended levels. However, you should take the time to discuss your plans with a doctor before starting any new supplement.
Beets contain reasonably high levels of oxalates, which may exacerbate the formation of kidney stones in certain individuals. People who suffer from gout sometimes notice flare-ups occurring more commonly when they consume oxalate-rich foods.
Beets can also cause beeturia in some people. You may notice that urine and other waste are passed with a distinctive reddish color. However, this should not be a reason for concern.
What To Look For
Browsing through page after page of seemingly identical products can be tiring. This is especially true when you’re not sure how to separate the decent products from the great ones.
Here are a few things to look out for:
- Does the manufacturer use a GMP-certified facility?
- Do they produce their supplements with organic beets?
- Does the product have a standardized nitrate content?
- Are they priced competitively?
- Does the manufacturer add sweeteners and/or flavorings?
What Are The Benefits of Beet Powder?
Nitrates are compounds naturally present in many different foods, including beets, cress, celery, and lettuce. In the body, nitrates are converted to nitric oxide. In turn, nitric oxide acts as a vasodilator.
By dilating blood vessels, nitric oxide can improve blood circulation and reduce blood pressure in some individuals (5).
First of all, beet supplements should not be used as a substitute for regular medication.
In some studies, high-nitrate beet juice does not lower blood pressure in specific populations. In particular, people already being treated with blood pressure medication and people with type 2 diabetes (6, 7).
However, a review published in the Journal of Nutrition concluded that beet juice consumption does reduce systolic blood pressure overall (8).
This is the pressure exerted on blood vessels as the heart beats and forces blood through the arteries.
Beet juice has gained popularity as an energy booster and even as an athletic aid. Several studies have investigated the performance-boosting potential of beets and high nitrate foods.
Amateur athletes consuming 490ml of beet juice saw a 4.2% improvement in performance in a sprinting test (9).
Meanwhile, older adults showed improvements in exercise capability after 3 days of consuming a nitrate-rich concentrated beet juice (10).
Furthermore, one study showed that physically active men may have increased exercise endurance after 6 days of consuming 500ml of beet juice (11).
In total, we reviewed 9 beet powders and supplements. Those below didn’t quite reach our main list of choices but they are still worth discussing briefly.
Organic Beet Root Powder by Chérie Sweet Heart
This raw beet root powder has two key advantages:
- It is one of a small number of beet powders that holds USDA organic certification
- It is higher in fiber than beet juice concentrates because the powder is produced from whole beets
Whole beet powders like Chérie Sweet skip the juicing step before drying the beets and therefore retain much of the fiber present in the raw vegetable.
However, there is a trade-off. Beet juice concentrates and extracts tend to have a higher nitrate content on a per gram basis. But, luckily, beet supplements don’t have to follow the “one size fits all” rule.
The various choices on the market mean that consumers can select whichever product best meets their own needs.
- Certified USDA organic
- Higher fiber content than juice concentrates
- Whole beet powders have a lower nitrate concentration
Kos Organic Beet Root Powder
Kos produces and sell one of the most popular brands of organic beet powder. It is a good candidate for anyone looking to incorporate beets into smoothie recipes.
Powders like Kos are produced from whole beets and tend to have a lower concentration of nitrates than juice extracts. However, they do excel in their ability to offer a higher fiber content.
- Organic beets
- High fiber content
- Lower nitrate content than juice extracts
Nature’s Bounty Beet Root Extract
Nature’s Bounty is a brand with incredible longevity — this is built around a dedication to high sourcing standards and excellent customer service.
Their beet root extract is standardized to 0.3% betanin. Betanin is a red pigment in raw beets and possesses powerful antioxidant activity (12).
Capsules can provide an alternative to juice concentrates for people seeking a convenient and flavorless beet supplement.
- Convenient alternative to powder products
- Standardized betanin content
- Not certified organic
- No standardized nitrate content
Havasu Nutrition Beet Root Powder
Havasu Nutrition sells a beet-based product that is different from what we’ve covered so far. It combines a concentrated beet powder with a mushroom blend and is designed primarily as a pre-workout athletic aid.
We’ve already covered beets in detail but mushroom-based supplements also offer some interesting benefits. According to one study, cordyceps may improve athletic performance in older adults (13).
Meanwhile, reishi has been linked with lessened fatigue and greater wellbeing in cancer patients receiving endocrine therapy. It remains unclear whether these benefits extend to healthy users (14).
- Blend of ingredients targeted at improved athletic performance
- Organic beet powder
- Mixes easily with water
- Not suitable for anyone seeking a single ingredient beet supplement
NutraChamps Beet Heat
Beet Heat combines a beet juice concentrate with additional extracts from green tea and grape seed. Again, this formula is designed in particular for improvements in energy and endurance.
Meanwhile, a review of studies conducted on grape seed extract demonstrated a reduction in systolic blood pressure and a reduction of heart rate (17).
This product also contains a natural cherry flavoring and the sugar substitute Stevia.
- Pleasant flavor
- Combination of ingredients aimed at improved circulation and better exercise performance
- Not organic
- Not suitable for people searching for a beets-only supplement
Neo40 by HumanN
Neo40 is manufactured by HumanN (also the producer of the SuperBeets brand powder).
It is significantly different from any capsule or powder covered so far because it arrives in tablet form. Neo40 tablets are designed to be either chewed or dissolved in the mouth before swallowing.
Again, the “nitric oxide blend” in Neo40 is based around beet powder. However, it also includes hawthorn berry extract and L-citrulline to increase the load of nitrates. Additional ingredients include vitamin C and vitamin B12.
- Nitrate-rich blend designed to support healthy circulation and blood pressure
- Easy to consume and pleasant tasting
- Prohibitively expensive