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Tested: BeetElite NeoShot

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You must have heard about beet juice by now. It’s been all the rage with cyclists and triathletes for years, and it recently made national news after being used by some of the top collegiate football teams.

If you’ve used it, you might agree that it works. There’s research to back it up. But you also know that it’s not cheap, nor particularly easy to make yourself.

So I was shocked to find BeetElite NeoShot, a beet root powder that’s super convenient and somehow costs less than the other options! Let’s see if it’s the real deal.

But first, if you’ve never heard the hype around beet root juice, it goes something like this:

Beets contain nitrates (naturally occurring nitrates, not the crap you find in processed meats). These nitrates in beets are good for you and raise nitric oxide (NO) in the blood, dilating your blood vessels, improving circulation, and enhancing oxygen delivery to your cells.

There are even studies out there to prove it works (at least under certain conditions).

Like this one titled “A single dose of beetroot juice enhances cycling performance in simulated altitude.”

Not only was the study conducted on humans, it was conducted on trained cyclists!

If you want even more info, I highly suggest this in-depth article, “Dietary Nitrate Supplementation and Exercise Performance.”

Research studies not your cup of tea? How about the Wall Street Journal then?

beetelite beet book

The WSJ revealed the “secret sauce” at Auburn University to be… beet juice. For a time, it was also a closely-guarded secret of the Houston Texans’ dietician. Now everyone is jumping on the bandwagon.

Not everything is so rosy, however. Some researchers at Penn State decided to test actual blood flow to working muscles after test subjects consumed beet juice. They found that “the widely held belief regarding improved muscle blood flow did not hold up to their test.”

Too bad that testing was based on hand gripper exercise performance! If that’s not the least applicable testing protocol for endurance athletes, I’m not sure what is! And considering their “placebo” drink was just an altered version of beet juice, at best they showed that beet juice doesn’t improve performance using the mechanism we previously thought it did.

Anyway, the point is, the research looks pretty good overall. And it’s unlikely that consuming some vegetable juice is going to negatively impact your performance (or health.)

The question becomes, how are you going to supplement with beet juice?

You could eat beets. You can make your own beet juice. You can buy bottles of beet juice. Or you can buy concentrated beet powder.

Normally I’d recommend eating the whole food. But that would take a lot of beets. Making your own beet juice is an option, if you want everything in your kitchen stained beet red. Buying beet juice used to be the best option, but it’s expensive stuff, and chugging 16oz of it before your workout isn’t that much easier than eating a couple handfuls of beets.

Going with a powder like these BeetElite Beet Crystals is less messy, doesn’t require stuffing your face with beets, and actually costs less. You get the equivalent of six beets in one packet!

A box of 10 packets retails for $34.99, and I’ve seen them at $30, so it’s about $3 per serving. Compared to $5.99 for a bottle of beet root juice, it’s a bargain!

You can find both the packets and the bulk canisters on Amazon.com.

It even tastes good!

BeetElite comes in regular and black cherry flavors.

I think it’s delicious! It smells and tastes amazing, like a mix of grape juice and pomegranate juice. There’s hardly any beet flavor, if any at all. (Which is almost a downside because I enjoy beets!)

The original was so good that I didn’t feel any need to get the black cherry flavor.

beetelite directions

BeetElite NeoShot Testing and Results

None of the above matters if this stuff doesn’t produce results! So let’s get to some testing.

The instructions are simple enough: “Mix 1 pack (10g) thoroughly with 4 oz of water. Use 30 minutes before workout or competition.”

Mixing it up is easy. I just put it in a cup and stirred with a spoon. It’s not super easy like Kool Aid, but as easy as any sports drink powder. Here is one packet worth of powder:

beetelite powder in glass

And here’s the concoction when you add 4oz water:

beetelite drink

I did get a few small clumps in there, which prompted me to scrape the sides of the cup because I didn’t want to miss any nitrates!!

beetelite residue in glass

OK, nitrates ingested!

Real-life Testing

I had three sample packets available for testing purposes. Since the main benefit is that it improves endurance, and it’s winter right now, I focused on using it for cross-country skiing. (It would take more than beet juice to extend my ride times on the rollers!)

In an ideal world, I’d test the Beet Elite against normal beet juice (and against a placebo) under similar conditions. And I’d use some of those saliva testing strips to see what my Nitric Oxide levels are after consuming each one.

But this is the real world. I only have a limited supply of product to test. And the snow conditions are changing on a daily basis, so most of my testing is based on whatever day it’s actually possible to ski!

Even worse, I botched the first day of testing. I didn’t eat enough, what I did eat wasn’t sitting well, and I didn’t charge my MP3 player beforehand. I got bored quickly, and I was still sore from the previous day, so after 10 minutes of skiing, I turned around to go home… just as the Beet Elite started to kick in!

At that point, I realized there was no way I could quit – I’d be too wound up. So I found some internet radio to stream and went back out for more punishment. It was a terrible day for testing, but I got energized from something. And if it was the beet juice, it took nearly two hours to kick in.

Fortunately, the second day of testing was pretty darn good!

I took the BeetElite at 1:40pm and left for xc skiing at 2:30pm. This time, I was feeling slightly more energized when getting my boots on, then felt amazing once I was out on the skis. So in this case, the beet juice did kick in at around the 30 minute mark!

I skied just over 2 hours. Aerobically, I felt great the whole time, and still felt great when I finished.

Was it the Beet Elite? Maybe. Did I perform better than usual? Maybe, but I wouldn’t know either way. With no power meter on my skis, and ever changing snow conditions, it’s impossible to say.

For my third and final test, I decided to test my muscular endurance.

beetelite mixed in flask

I switched things up and did some indoor rock climbing, focusing on long routes and traverses that push my limits. This type of climbing stresses my heart and lungs, but even more, it fatigues my muscles (so I’m testing muscular endurance more than cardiovascular endurance.)

The reasoning for this test was mainly out of curiosity, since football players are reporting benefits. And football games are more of an interval workout than a long ski or bike ride. Rock climbing will mimic that.

So, after two hours of xc skiing in the morning, I had an afternoon filled with rock climbing, fueled by Beet Elite. And I can’t say that I noticed one bit of difference compared to normal.

The only interesting lesson I learned there is that if you’re on the road, a nice Fuel Belt flask makes for easy measurements!


My final verdict is…

I have no idea if this product will improve your endurance or provide any measurable benefits. It’s up to you to figure out if beet root juice enhances your performance (and if it’s worth the price). But if you do find beet juice effective and worthwhile, then Beet Elite is extremely convenient, tasty, and actually costs less than buying bottles of organic beet juice.

Official website: www.NeogenisSport.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com

Product Review Details
Company: Neogenis Labs
Product: BeetElite NeoShot
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2015-03-14
Obtained Product: Free sample from company.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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6 Comments
  1. I use dynamic health organic beet root juice and they recommend 2 tbls every morning which means it lasts 1-2 months and only costs $11. http://www.amazon.com/Dynamic-Health-Organic-Certified-Beetroot/dp/B004EI1DXW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&tag=coachlevi-20&keywords=dynamic+health+beet

    • @Bryant

      I typically like Dynamic Health stuff. Tasty and affordable! Thanks for pointing that out. I’m sure it will make it into my beet juice guide. If it has the potency of Biotta beet juice, it would be a great value.

      The thing with beet root juice is figuring out what works best for you. There are so many different suggestions out there on how much to take, and the only thing I know for sure is that different people definitely require different doses of nitrate for it to have any effect on performance. I hope you’re seeing a benefit! 🙂

  2. When do you expect to publish reviews of the other beet juices?

    • @Finn

      Not until I test and compare everything. At that point they’ll probably end up in my Endurance Athlete’s Guide to Beet Juice.

      I reviewed the BeetElite not so much to test the effectiveness compared to drinking similar amounts of fresh beet juice, but to test the convenience of getting so much in such a small package.

  3. Looking to push myself in a marathon this October. I did get my boston qualifying time last October, but still not fast enough. I need to shave 2-3 more minutes. Will be doing it this October. Does this help with pushing yourself in a marathon distance run?

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