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Benefits of Non-GMO Soy Protein to Bodybuilders and Athletes, ViSalus

Question: What are the advantages of non-GMO soy protein (non-genetically modified), and why does the protein content of the Visalus Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake have such a low protein content. Surely 12 grams protein is only half of what is recommended?  Also, what benefits does soy protein offer over other types of protein.


To understand the answers to these questions, you first have to understand why protein is used by athletes and bodybuilders seeking to build muscle bulk while maintaining a low body fat index (BFI). What this involves is being able to eat well without having to over-exercise to burn off the carbohydrates.

Protein molecules consists of carbohydrates and amino acids bonded together, and taking a high protein diet offer both carbs and the amino acids needed to build more proteins. By exercising specific muscle groups, these groups will experience a greater blood flow and energy requirement.

Proteins, Amino Acids and Carbs

Ignoring non-GMO soy protein for the moment, when your metabolism breaks down the protein to free up the protein carbohydrates for cellular respiration, the amino acids are also freed and will build up protein tissue within the muscles being exercised.

Weight for weight, proteins contain considerably less carbohydrate than regular carbohydrate foods, and so you will avoid developing fatty tissue without excessive exercise.  Hence, when on a high protein diet, you can take more protein than carbohydrates and build up muscle tissue while retaining a low BFI. Generally you need about 20-30 g protein in each meal.

soy protein contains all nine of the essential amino acids

So why does Visalus Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake have only 12 grams protein? The reason is simple. There is protein and protein, and soy protein contains all nine of the essential amino acids you need in the correct balance to meet the needs of your body. Not only that, but there is no problem with genetic modification because Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake contains only non-GMO soy protein from beans that have not been subject to genetic modification.

Thyroid and Estrogen Problems

As your calorie intake drops, your thyroid reacts by slowing down.  This in turn slows down your metabolic rate, and your rate of muscle development and fat burning slows along with it. To maintain your body weight, you must therefore eat fewer carbohydrates. This also means eating fewer proteins.

This means that excess protein in your diet is not always desirable. Soy protein boosts your thyroid activity and overcomes this problem. By taking soy protein, your thyroid picks up its activity and gets your metabolic rate back to where it should be.

The isoflavones in the non-GMO soy protein used by ViSalus have been removed, eliminating this potentially serious health problem.

Another problem is that soy contains isoflavones that mimic estrogens and give rise to systemic effects related to estrogen. These can reduce the rate at which body fat is reduced, or even increase body fat, and can also lead to erratic menstruation. The isoflavones in the non-GMO soy protein used by ViSalus have been removed, eliminating this potentially serious health problem.

Benefits of Whey Protein Hydrolysate

ViSalus also includes whey protein in Vi-Shape Shake.  A whey concentrate rapidly assuages hunger, and stops you wanting to eat more.  This enables you to build muscle without over-consumption of carbohydrates other than that contained in the protein you consume.

Whey protein is popular among athletes today because of its ability to be digested very rapidly and help return the post-workout body back from a catabolic (muscle-wasting) state to an anabolic (muscle-building) state. Because of their filtration methods, whey isolates tend to be less allergenic than concentrates and other bovine milk or dairy products.


ViSalus also includes a whey hydrolysate that helps to support your lean protein mass and is absorbed to a much greater level the 80% maximum of other forms of whey protein. This makes it expensive, but worth it for the benefits you get and is one reason why ViSalus needs only offer 12 grams protein in their shake.

Why Non-GMO Soy Protein?

As explained above, soy protein offers benefits to both bodybuilders and those seeking to lose weight due to the unique combination of proteins it contains. Although genetic modification of foodstuffs can and does enable growers to achieve a larger volume of crops per unit area of arable land, there are no firm guarantees that it does not make changes to the proteins the plant contains.

the soy proteins they use metabolize into the correct balance of amino acids

While this might be fine for the general population for whom soy beans are no more than an important foodstuff, this is not good enough for those using soy for the specific chemical makeup of its protein. It is very important that the soy proteins they use metabolize into the correct balance of amino acids, while also providing the carbohydrates needed to provide for their energy needs, but no more.

The benefits of Visalus Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake depend predominantly upon the properties of the correct proportion of amino acids obtained from natural soy proteins, and genetic modifications may change these. For that reason, those utilizing soy protein shakes to help maintain a good BFI and a lean body mass, and also build up their muscle mass through exercise if they want that, should make sure that they are using non-GMO soy extracts.

ViSalus Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake offers a combination of non-GMO soy protein that has been depleted of isoflavones, concentrated whey protein and a whey hydrolysate that is easily absorbed.  This combination is ideal for athletes and bodybuilders at only 12 gram protein per meal.
Brian Verigin, Internet Consultant. I use Visalus Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake and it helps to maintain my weight and increase my workout intensity.

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A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, insects, plants, fish, and mammals. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods, and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food. The term GMO is very close to the technical legal term, ‘living modified organism’ defined in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which regulates international trade in living GMOs (specifically, “any living organism that possesses a novel combination of genetic material obtained through the use of modern biotechnology”).

This article focuses on what organisms have been genetically engineered, and for what purposes. The article on genetic engineering focuses on the history and methods of genetic engineering, and on applications of genetic engineering and of GMOs. Both articles cover much of the same ground but with different organizations (sorted by organism in this article; sorted by application in the other). There are separate articles on genetically modified crops, genetically modified food, regulation of the release of genetic modified organisms, and controversies.


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