Countless supplements claim to improve health and provide powerful benefits, but it’s often debatable whether they’re all they’re advertised to be.
SuperBeets is a popular supplement that allegedly lowers blood pressure, improves circulation and increases energy.
This article provides a detailed look at SuperBeets and its effectiveness.
SuperBeets is a supplement made from beets that are dehydrated into crystals.
Nitric oxide may have several health benefits, such as protecting your cells from damage and relaxing your blood vessels. As a result, it may help decrease blood pressure and improve circulation (, , ).
SuperBeets is intended to provide the benefits of nitric oxide without making people drink beet juice or eat beets.
HumanN, the company that created SuperBeets, was founded by credible scientists who are known leaders in nitric oxide research.
The patented technology they use to manufacture SuperBeets supposedly preserves nitrates in the beets to deliver the most nitric oxide possible.
HumanN claims that 1 teaspoon (5 grams) of SuperBeets contains the same amount of nitric oxide as three whole beets, though a quantifiable measurement of nitric oxide is not provided.
In addition to nitric oxide, one teaspoon (5 grams) of SuperBeets has:
- Calories: 15
- Fat: 0 grams
- Carbohydrates: 4 grams
- Protein: 1 grams
- Sodium: 65 mg — 3% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Potassium: 160 mg — 5% of the DV
- Magnesium: 10 mg — 2% of the DV
- Vitamin C: 50 mg — 83% of the DV
The Original Flavor product is made from non-GMO, US-grown beets and also contains beetroot powder, natural apple flavor, malic acid (an additive made from apples), magnesium ascorbate and stevia leaf.
The Black Cherry product swaps natural apple flavor for natural black cherry flavor but is otherwise identical.
Consumers are instructed to drink one teaspoon (5 grams) of SuperBeets mixed with water every day for improved energy, circulation and blood pressure and not exceed more than two servings in 24 hours.
There are no recommendations for how long to take the supplement.
SuperBeets can be purchased from HumanN’s website, Amazon, Whole Foods or Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.
Summary SuperBeets is a supplement made from powdered beets that supposedly improves circulation and lowers blood pressure due to the nitrates it contains.
The prominent health claim regarding SuperBeets is its potential to lower blood pressure.
This claim is mostly based on research on beetroot juice.
Only one study exists on SuperBeets powder itself, which was funded by HumanN, the manufacturer of the powder ().
Since SuperBeets shares nitrates and many nutrients with beetroot juice, it may help lower blood pressure just as the juice does.
However, since research on the supplement is lacking, it’s difficult to assess SuperBeets’ benefits.
Nevertheless, studies examining beetroot juice, nitrates and blood pressure are promising ().
A small, controlled study found that healthy adults who drank approximately 5 ounces (140 ml) of nitrate-rich beetroot juice had significantly lower blood pressure three hours later, compared to those whose juice had no nitrates ().
In a 3-week study in 24 overweight adults, drinking beetroot juice concentrate every day decreased average systolic blood pressure (the top number of a blood pressure reading) by 7.3 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) based on daily readings taken at home ().
However, the group did not maintain this lower blood pressure after a week of abstaining from beetroot juice ().
Another study divided 18 men with normal blood pressure into four groups that received water or one of three beetroot juices of varying concentrations ().
The results showed that each type of juice led to significantly lower diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number of a blood pressure reading) 24 hours after consumption, compared to water ().
What’s more, the most concentrated beetroot juice led to the most significant reductions in blood pressure ().
Finally, in another study, the systolic blood pressure of healthy adults who drank 17 ounces (500 ml) of beetroot juice dropped significantly 24 hours later, compared to those who drank water ().
These studies suggest that beetroot juice may lower blood pressure by increasing blood levels of nitrates. However, the studies are small, focused mostly on healthy adults and use different doses and variations of juice.
The only existing study on SuperBeets examined 13 healthy, older adults and was funded by the manufacturer. The results showed that taking a daily serving of the powder in water for four weeks significantly reduced systolic blood pressure ().
Countless testimonials exist from those who have seen improvements in their blood pressure after taking SuperBeets. However, some individuals report no benefit.
More research is needed to better understand the effect of SuperBeets.
Summary Research suggests that beetroot juice increases blood nitrate levels and lowers blood pressure. SuperBeets may have the same effect, but more independent studies are needed.
SuperBeets may offer additional benefits related to nitrates and other beet compounds.
May Improve Heart Health
Research shows that beets may promote heart health.
One study found that 72% of participants who took a nitrate supplement from HumanN for 30 days experienced significantly lower triglyceride levels. Again, this study was funded by the manufacturer — then called Neogenis Labs, Inc. ().
If SuperBeets provides the same level of nitrates as this supplement, it may decrease triglycerides in your blood, reducing your risk of heart disease. However, the amount of nitrates in SuperBeets is unknown and not listed on the product.
Additional research shows that betalains, another beet compound, have antioxidants that may protect your cells from damage and prevent the dangerous oxidation of “bad” LDL cholesterol that leads to heart disease (, ).
Since SuperBeets is a dehydrated form of beets, it may have a high concentration of betalains and therefore provide similar benefits. However, the betalain content of the product is not provided by the company.
May Protect Against Cancer
Compounds in beets may help prevent cancer.
A test-tube study found that a compound in beetroot extract decreased the growth of prostate cancer cells by 12.5% in one week ().
When combined with a common anticancer drug, this same compound increased the effectiveness of the drug against prostate, breast and pancreatic cancer cells (, ).
In addition, a study on rats found that water containing beetroot-derived food coloring reduced the development of esophageal cancer by 45% ().
The cancer-fighting effects of beetroot have only been shown in test-tube and animal studies. Human studies are needed, as well as specific research on SuperBeets.
May Enhance Athletic Performance
The nitrates in beetroot may enhance athletic performance by improving blood flow, lowering blood pressure and decreasing the amount of oxygen your body needs during exercise (, , , ).
One small study in nine healthy men found that drinking approximately 2 cups (0.5 liters) of beetroot juice per day significantly reduced oxygen uptake and increased time to exhaustion during walking and running exercises ().
Additional research in 14 competitive male swimmers found that drinking the same amount of beetroot juice daily for six days significantly decreased the amount of aerobic energy used during a swimming test ().
If beetroot juice’s ability to enhance athletic performance is due to its nitrate content, SuperBeets may provide similar benefits — though definitive studies are lacking.
Summary Nitrates and other compounds in beets may help prevent heart disease, fight cancer and improve athletic performance. More research is needed to determine whether SuperBeets has similar effects.
The manufacturers of SuperBeets recommend taking 1 teaspoon (5 grams) of the powder in a glass of water each day. Though HumanN claims the nitrate content equals that of three beets, the actual amount of nitrates is not provided.
Therefore, it’s unclear how SuperBeets compares to the doses of beetroot juice used in studies.
Though the supplement appears to be safe at the recommended dose, no studies exist on its safety or side effects.
The most common criticism of the product is its displeasing taste.
SuperBeets may also prove expensive for regular users — a 150-gram canister of 30 servings costs $39.95.
Some people may want to check with their doctor before taking SuperBeets. If the product is effective at lowering blood pressure, it may not be suitable for those who are already on blood pressure medication.
Summary The recommended daily serving of SuperBeets is 1 teaspoon (5 grams) mixed with water. The product appears to be safe, but no research on its safety exists. Possible downsides of the supplement include its taste and price.
Beetroot juice may lower blood pressure and improve athletic performance. As SuperBeets is made from dehydrated beets, it may provide similar benefits.
However, the only human study on its effectiveness was funded by the manufacturer.
While the product appears safe, more independent research is needed to verify health claims.
If you are interested in trying SuperBeets, check with your medical provider first.