Many things can, but don’t tell that to today’s zealous beet marketers.
For several years, they’ve inundated the airwaves with the fake news that beets — and especially the beet-based supplement SuperBeets — will improve your life dramatically by lowering your blood pressure, improving your circulation and giving you more energy and stamina
Is any of it true? Some of it may well be true, but it’s hard to know for sure. Virtually all of the latest research on SuperBeets is funded by the very companies that stand to profit from its sale.
In fact, only one study exists on SuperBeets, and it was funded by HumanN, the manufacturer of the powder. There are no independent studies of any kind.
In fact, most beet studies deal with beetroot juice, which comes from beets but is different from the SuperBeet crystals manufactured with dehydrated beets.
Powders and juices are very different products. They may not have the same properties, at least not to the same degree
Some of the beetroot juice studies do indicate reduced blood pressure as a benefit of daily consumption. However, the effect appears to be short-term.
For example, in a 3-week study in 24 overweight adults, drinking beetroot juice concentrate every day decreased their 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 deceased blood pressure level after a week of abstaining from beetroot juice.
Likewise, 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.
Did the effect last? There was no attempt to take additional blood pressure readings beyond the immediate post-consumption period.
For the most part, HumanN is simply extrapolating from these limited studies, not testing Superbeets for the same benefit. One has to wonder why. What is the company hiding?
The only existing study on SuperBeets specifically suffers from the usual problems associated with such studies. It’s based on a woefully small sample not chosen at random, and the data collection and analysis were completely controlled by the manufacturer.
It lacks the standard protocols of a peer-reviewed study — and is not, strictly speaking, “scientific.”
In 2017, HumanN examined 13 healthy, older adults who took a daily serving of its powder in water for four weeks. The study showed that the powder significantly reduced systolic blood pressure in all 13 adults.
But how were these participants recruited? Were they already taking SuperBeets and getting results? Industry study sponsors rarely reveal such critical details to assess whether their studies might be skewed and their results unscientific. HumanN is no exception.
Another suspicious aspect of HumanN’s marketing of SuperBeets is its refusal to list the product’s ingredients or their proportions on the product label.
For example, some studies show that most beet supplements containing betalain, another beet compound, which can protect your cells from damage and prevent the dangerous oxidation of “bad” LDL cholesterol that leads to heart disease.
You would think that SupeBeets, which claims to provide such benefits, would have the betalain content listed on its product label — but it’s nowhere to be found.
Online reviews of Superbeets run the gamut, but it’s widely noted that no serious research exists to support HumanN’s claims.
Some skeptics say that the nitric oxide content of SuperBeets is likely much less than what you would typically find in other vegetables like basil, spring greens, cilantro, and rhubarb. Moreover, powders, unlike real fruits or vegetables, lack fiber content.
The relatively low nitric oxide content of SuperBeets may be one reason some consumers failed to receive the expected energy or circulation boost from the product
But there are satisfied customers, especially older people and athletes. Apparently, SuperBeets doesn’t give athletes the jitters like so many of their caffeinated pre-workout products do. They also receive a stronger stamina boost.
Some customers claim they’ve been able to dispense with their blood pressure medication altogether thanks to Super Beets. They say their doctors are often amazed by this result. Some elderly patients also note a reduction of numbness in their feet thanks to improved blood circulation.
It’s worth noting that HumanN as a company does have a pretty good track record — at least it did before all the hype about “Super Foods” set in.
Under its former name, Neogenis, HumanN sold a product known as Neo40 that doctors recommended to reduce high blood pressure.
In fact, most of the original team of medical specialists involved in the development of Neo40 was considered experts in nitric oxide research. In other words, these people aren’t fly-by-nights; they have real street “cred.”
Finally, there’s no evidence of any significant negative side effects from SuperBeets. Not everybody likes the taste, but that’s true of beets generally. (Some of the latest flavorings help disguise the beet flavor). Regular consumption of SuperBeets may turn your stool and urine red, but who’ll know but you?
While you shouldn’t drink SuperBeets around the clock, you do need to use the product at least once daily to receive whatever sustained benefits, if any, it may offer you, A single 6 oz. serving is all you need– maybe two at the most.
Like so many things on the market today, just try it for 30 days and see if it works.