You have heard about the benefits of beets. The nitrates in beets can lower your blood pressure, increase your antioxidant levels, and boost your athletic performance. And, if you’re not a fan of the flavor or don’t have time to juice or cook your own, beets can easily be taken as a supplement. But now the trouble is finding the best beet supplement. What should you be looking for? And which supplement is right for you?
What to Ask Before You Buy
What are the benefits of taking a supplement?
- You get the full benefits of the nitrates. When you cook whole beets, you actually lose some of the nitrates and nutritional benefits.
- They are simple and convenient. It is much easier to take a ready-made supplement than cook or juice your own beets.
- It beats the bitter taste. Many supplements can be taken as capsule or flavored supplement, so you do not have that bitter beet taste.
- Supplements have fewer calories. 1 teaspoon of a supplement is, on average, 15 calories; 1 cup of beetroot juice is 110.
- They have less sugar than a beet. (However, this is only as long as there is no sugar added to the supplement). 
Are some forms better than others?
Beet supplements come in many forms. But are some better than others, or are they just different?
Powder. A beetroot powder is basically dehydrated beet extract. These are sometimes called beetroot crystals. The idea is simple: you mix it with a glass of water, juice, or a smoothie and get the benefits of the beets. Some are flavored and are ready to mix with just water (like Heartbeet Complete) and others are not flavored and are meant to be in a juice or smoothie.
Liquid. Liquids are less popular than powders and capsules, but can be just as good to use. They aren’t as concentrated, which means you usually have to drink more of it to get the same benefits. And some are not a fan of the taste. But they also tend to be more easily absorbed by your body than other forms.
Capsule. Let’s face it, sometimes the beet taste isn’t very pleasant. Though many powders and liquid supplements are now flavored, some people are still sensitive to the bitter beet taste. If this is you, you might consider a capsule. They are ready to use and simple to swallow. Keep in mind, however, that liquid forms are generally easier for your body to absorb.
Tincture or Elixir. Bodynutrition.org described tinctures and elixirs as “not optimal” because they do not provide the recommended dosage. You have to take quite a bit of beet juice or beet juice extract to get the effects you want. 
In the end, it seems that powders, capsules, and liquids are similarly effective. It really comes down to how you prefer to take your supplement.
Why would I want fermented beets?
Some beetroot supplements list that their beets are fermented – but why is that important? There are two main reasons. One, the fermented beets produce probiotics. These are helpful bacteria that can fortify your gut health and improve general well-being. Always talk to your doctor to see if these natural probiotics would be a good idea for you to take.
The second reason is that they are significantly lower in sugar. When the beets are fermented, the bacteria that causes the fermenting process eats up all the sugar. So, if you are looking for a less sugar option, a fermented beetroot supplement could be just what you are looking for.  
What are some other health factors?
There may be other factors that you want to consider, such as:
- No preservatives
Because they are made from beets, most supplements will be gluten-free and vegan.
What am I willing to spend?
You might be willing to spend a little more for your heart health. Or maybe you are looking for something more economical to give you a boost of energy. There are supplements that are simply more pricey than others, and it is good to consider what you are willing to spend.
For example, some supplements contain more than just beets and might cost more, but the benefits are worth it. Also watch for products that have large amounts of serving sizes – they may have a lot, but the serving size is smaller and you have to take more to get the full benefits.
Does it Contain Other Heart-Healthy Ingredients?
Beets are not the only things that are good for your heart. If you are concerned with your heart health, consider a supplement that might contain one or more of the following:
- Essential vitamins
- Additional Nitric Oxide
If you are going for pure beets, however, there are plenty of supplements that are like that as well.
Along with the questions above, consider the comparison below of the top beet supplements on the market as you make your decision.
|Product||Form||Health Factors||Fermented||Tasty flavor(s)||Other Heart-Healthy Ingredients|
|SuperBeets by Humann||Powder||Non-GMO
|BulkSupplements Pure Beet Root Powder||Powder||No additives||No||None||None|
|Havasu Beet Root Powder +||Powder||Unknown||No||None||None|
|VivaDeo Pure Beets||Powder||Organic||No||None||None|
|Dr. Mercola Fermented Beets with Red Spinach||Capsule||Unknown||Yes||None||Red Spinach|
|NatureVibe Botanicals Organic Beet Root Powder||Powder||Organic
No additives or preservatives