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Can you pay for beetroot with an HSA?

Are you wondering if you can pay for beetroot with an HSA? You may also be wondering if this item is eligible or ineligible for use with your HSA funds, or if it qualifies for reimbursement.

No, unfortunately you can't use your HSA to pay for beetroot. In fact, if you do pay for beetroot with you HSA, you may be subject to a penalty.

More details about beetroot

Beetroot, or beet root, is the taproot section of a beet plant and is commonly sold as a supplement in capsule or powder form.

There is some evidence that beetroot can lower blood pressure and improve endurance.

There's a common condition called beeturia, which is the passing of pink or red urine after eating beets or beetroot. This is caused by the compound betanin, which is red and not broken down in the body before excretion.


Please note that it's always best to check with your HSA administrator or health insurance provider to confirm if you can pay for beetroot with your HSA card before making any purchases.

A good rule of thumb is that if your doctor diagnosed you with a specific medical condition or ordered a treatment, product, or prescription specifically for you, your HSA should cover it. Sometimes your HSA will even cover items that it normally wouldn't if you have a letter of medical necessity signed by your doctor. Again, you should check with your HSA administrator before any purchase if you have any questions about an item being eligible or ineligible.