BeetElite Reviews - Does It Work and Is It Safe?
Medically Reviewed by Anthony Dugarte, M.D., C.S.C.S
BeetElite is a powdered beetroot supplement that allegedly delivers the equivalent of six whole beets in one serving, which can boost nitric oxide (NO) levels.
According to HumanN, by mixing one packet of their supplement in 4oz of water, you will:
- Extend your exercise endurance
- Improve your energy and stamina
- Increase oxygen delivery in the body
HumanN claims their beetroot supplement will activate more essential nitric oxide than other products on the market.
BeetElite is manufactured in the USA, contains no gluten or GMO ingredients, and works by mixing two scoops in 4-6oz of water and consuming immediately, 30-60 minutes before exercise.
You’re focused on maximizing your health and improving your performance. But are beetroot powders the best way to accomplish this, and is BeetElite the best in the industry? Are they really "the choice of health-conscious athletes"?
This review contains an examination of the ingredients and safety to help you decide if this is the right product for you.
Beets—along with other foods like celery, carrots, potatoes, spinach, and kale—contain large amounts of nitrates, which are inorganic compounds composed of three oxygen molecules and one nitrogen molecule.
Once processed by the body, nitrates lose one nitrogen molecule and become nitrites, which are eventually converted into ammonia and disposed of. How does this relate to nitric oxide?
While nitric oxide is normally produced by endothelial cells lining our blood vessels to help widen arteries and maximize blood flow (known as vasodilation), nitrates can also be converted into nitric oxide inside the body.
Doctors often prescribe nitrate pills to help individuals with chest pain, heart disease, and poor circulation find some level of relief.
With this in mind, how does BeetElite work to deliver nitric oxide? Furthermore, is there clinical evidence that it could provide real-world benefits?
According to the canister label shown on their website, BeetElite contains the following ingredients:
Non-GMO Beetroot Powder, Non-GMO Beetroot Powder (fermented), Natural Black Cherry
Flavor, Malic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbate, and Stevia Leaf Extract
These ingredients contain the following nutritional profile:
- Calories 30
- Total Fat 0g
- Sodium 130mg
- Potassium 320mg
- Carbohydrates 8g
- Sugars 7g
- Protein 1g
- Magnesium 20mg
- Vitamin C 100mg
The nutritional content of these ingredients seems to be on par for what is comparable to a 100g serving of beets, despite a single serving of BeetElite being equivalent to 10g.
The additional ingredients used to improve flavor, like black cherry and stevia, may account for some of the discrepancies. Also, vitamin C content comes from the inclusion of ascorbate.
As BeetElite intends to strictly improve athletic performance, it does not appear that any deliberate steps were taken to bolster the nutritional content beyond ensuring the natural beet flavoring was made to be more appealing.
Although this allows for more convenience, it also means that you’re likely missing out on the fiber, vitamins, and minerals often obtained when consuming vegetables in their natural state.
Up next, we’ll dive deeper into the active ingredient – nitrates.
The short answer: While some conflicting studies exist, the nitrates contained in beets (and powders like BeetElite) seems to provide some real-world benefits in humans.
The detailed answer: To quickly outline some of these conflicting studies, according to our recent interview with Jessica Crandall, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Director of Denver Wellness and Nutrition:
“Beets are a nutrient-rich root vegetable. Research suggests that competitive athletes who ate 1 beet per day (up to 1.5 cups of beets) 75 minutes before running were able to move at a faster pace with perceived less exertion. How?
Nitrates convert to nitric oxide in the body, which functions to widen blood vessels, in turn allowing for increased blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients to reach working muscles. Nitrates may also improve your muscle’s use of oxygen during activity. Once again, food sources are the best for obtaining this nutrient benefit.”
However, interviewed for a WebMD article, Marjorie Nolan, RD qualifies this by noting, “Eating beets won’t give you the same quantity of nitrates [as beetroot juice or powder], because cooking hampers some of the nitrates, but it certainly is good for your health.”
A 2015 Penn State study was the first to measure blood flow to the contracting muscles after beetroot juice supplement, finding it had no effect. They did find that the participants’ arteries “de-stiffened,” but not that they necessarily widened.
Available research detailing the effect of beetroot juice supplementation on endurance training was recently summed up in a review of 23 articles.
They concluded that 70-500ml of beetroot juice before activity might improve your ability to deliver oxygen to exercising muscles, as well as increase the time to exhaustion during intense activity.
The biggest benefits were seen at the highest doses, however. The researchers suggest ingesting 6-8mmol (more than 500ml) of nitrate 90-minutes before exercise. As BeetElite claims, each serving is equivalent to 6 beets. Theoretically, you should be hitting this number.
Unfortunately, after testing 24 beetroot juice supplements, this study found that only 5 consistently offered >5mmol of nitrates. The majority of these products varied greatly from serving to serving.
The manufacturer states that you shouldn’t exceed two scoops in 24 hours, and that you shouldn't mix BeetElite with bottled juice.
Serious side effects with beetroot supplementation are rarely reported. However, there is currently insufficient long-term studies that allow for complete characterization of chronic use of beetroot supplements.
You are most likely to encounter red urine and stools. This is a harmless side effect that is caused by the betacyanin pigment found in beets.
Stomach discomfort and headaches have also been reported at doses ranging from 70-500mL. Also, keep in mind that the proposed NO boosting effects of BeetElite may alter your blood pressure.
Research has not demonstrated the ability of similar products to lower pressures in a dangerous range, though combining them with erectile dysfunction or blood pressure medications can be dangerous.
For these reasons, you should speak with your doctor before use.
Available in Black Cherry and Original flavors, BeetElite is priced as follows:
- Canister (7.1 oz): $39.95 (20 servings)
- Neo Shot 10-ct Box (10g packets): $29.95
- Weekend Warrior Bundle (1 canister and 2 boxes): $79.90
The product is also available at Amazon, LuckyVitamin.com, Walmart, and many other smaller retailers.
If purchased directly through the company, BeetElite comes with a 90-day satisfaction guarantee, less S&H.
To request a refund, you may contact support at 855-636-4040, email@example.com, or via online chat.
BeetElite had been on the market for quite some time during our research, so there was a fair amount of customer feedback.
On Amazon, the beetroot power had nearly 600 reviews and an average rating of 4.1 stars. There, most compliments appeared to reference physical improvements (better sleep, boosted athletic performance, increased energy, etc.), ease of use, and pleasant taste.
On the other hand, most complaints revolved around no effects, as well as those related to preferences like taste.
With far fewer reviews, BeetElite’s Neo Shot box had a similar Amazon rating and customer feedback.
Breaking Muscle, Coach Levi, and WhereAndWander.com all tested BeetElite’s powder over various time lengths and under different circumstances. All reported slight improvements in some areas and none in others but recommended customers give it a try to see how it will affect them.
Browsing the Human Power of N website, you probably wondered what the difference between BeetElite and SuperBeets was, considering they’re manufactured by the same company and contain the same ingredients (just at different levels).
Here are their specifications side-by-side:
|Serving Size||2 tsp (10g)||1 tsp (5g)|
For some clarification, we spoke with support via chat. Here was their response:
“SuperBeets and BeetElite are the same product intended for different uses. SuperBeets is a 5-gram serving that provides sufficient nitrite and nitrate to support NO production. During exercise, metabolic demands are much different. The 10g serving of BeetElite titrates up nitrite and nitrate levels so that NO production can be achieved, even under anaerobic conditions (conditions under which NO production normally shuts down).”
While there is ample support for the performance-boosting effects of this supplement in human subjects, it may be challenging to know the precise amount of nitrates you’re ingesting with each serving.
It’s also clear from their online feedback that most of BeetElite’s customers are pleased with their purchases, and that the well-known manufacturer stands behind the supplement with a 90-day refund policy. In the end, this means you won’t be out much more than return S&H if you’re dissatisfied.
Despite the potential upside of this product, it may be unsafe. Those taking erectile dysfunction or blood pressure medications may be especially at risk.
Be sure to speak with your doctor before use to determine if it can be safely incorporated into your daily routine.