“Shake it up” with ViSalus Sciences Vi-Shape®

Published by Drink Visalus on July 20th, 2011 - in Uncategorized

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Q: What is special about the ViSalus Sciences Vi-Shape® protein/meal-replacement shakes

Q: How does protein relate to and affect the human body?

Q: What are the health benefits?

Q: How important is it to our daily diets?

Q: What are the best sources for good quality protein and why?

We will explore these questions and more regarding the importance of protein to the human body and why the solution to better health and performance is ViSalus Sciences Vi-Shape®.

Firstly, protein makes up the second greatest portion of our body weight. Proteins are vital to life and it provides the structure in all living things.

Your muscles are made of protein and the amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Making sure that you’re eating a diet rich in highly absorbable protein sources has a lot of positive effects.

MYTH: Excess protein cannot turn into fat or be stored as fat and eating too much protein will only result in your kidneys flushing it out.

In addition, to keep our muscles healthy and to prevent them from atrophying, as we get older it’s essential that we eat a protein rich diet and exercise. It’s easy to see why it’s so important to eat an efficient amount of a complete protein in our daily diets.

Understanding the importance of protein for your body:

Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a “macronutrient,” meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it. Vitamins and minerals, which are needed in only small quantities, are called “micronutrients.” But unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply.

So you may assume the solution is to eat protein all day long. Not so fast, say nutritionists.

The truth is, we need less total protein than you might think. But we could all benefit from getting more protein from better food sources. The key is to consume the right kind of high quality protein to get the highest level of absorption with the most nutrition benefits and formulated in the proper amounts for effectiveness.

ViSalus Sciences Vi-Shape® offers a special patented and patent pending combination of tri-blend proteins and fiber to make one of the most complete and effective meal replacement shakes on the market. A quick snapshot of the shake mix (that tastes like cake mix) include:

  • Unique tri-blend of proteins for fast and long-lasting hunger control and effective nutrition source
  • Low carbohydrates and sodium
  • Aminogen™ for maximum protein absorption
  • Pre-biotic for digestive health
  • 23 vitamins & minerals in an amazing-tasting Sweet Cream flavor

In this article, we will explore the three types of proteins (tri-blend) used in the ViSalus Vi-Shape® and why they are so effective in overall nutrition, weight loss and fitness performance.

(Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Hydrolysate, and Soy Protein Isolate)

Whey Protein Concentrate:

Whey protein is a high quality, complete protein, with all the essential amino acids. It is often referred to as the “Gold Standard” of protein as it is the most nutritious protein available. Whey protein is also the richest known source of naturally occurring branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine). These are important for active individuals, individuals who exercise and professional athletes. The body requires higher amounts of branched chain amino acids during and following exercise as they are taken up directly by the skeletal muscles versus first being metabolized through the liver, like other amino acids. Low BCAA levels contribute to fatigue and they should be replaced in one-hour or less following exercise or participation in a competitive event. Many athletes consume a whey protein beverage both before and immediately after exercise or an event to help repair and rebuild lean muscle tissue.

Adding whey protein to the diet is a great way to jump-start a weight loss program. Whey protein is a key ingredient in numerous weight loss and meal replacement products and whey protein isolate (with no fat or carbohydrates) is often the preferred choice. Studies have found that individuals who combine diets with leucine rich protein foods, like whey protein, and exercise have more lean muscle tissue and they lose more body fat. As they lose fat their metabolic rate increases and they naturally burn more calories each day. Another way that whey protein helps manage weight is by promoting satiety, or a feeling of fullness. One recent study showed that whey protein was superior to casein, the other protein in cow’s milk, in promoting satiety (This is the feeling you have when hunger goes away, without feeling full).

A few facts about whey protein:

  • Whey protein is a nutritionally complete protein. It contains bioactive ingredients, like immunoglobulins and lactoferrin, which help support the immune system.
  • Athletes prefer whey protein to soy protein due to its rich abundance of branched chain amino acids and its quick absorption rate. These are important to help repair and rebuild muscles after a workout or competitive event.
  • Whey protein has a fresh, neutral taste compared and will not change the taste of foods you add it to.

Whey protein does not contain isoflavones or any other components with potential hormonal effects.

Whey Protein Hydrolysate:

In addition to whey protein concentrate, there is also whey protein hydrolysate. What is whey protein Hydrolysate? Whey Hydrolysate undertakes higher processing than either whey isolate or concentrate and it is consequently is the highest quality protein.

Whey hydrolysate is easy on the digestive system and has a high absorption rate. The high absorption rate means it is the most effective type of whey protein to take either pre or post workout. The high protein content means only a small amount is needed. Whey hydrolysate can be absorbed in anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes*. It is not really suitable for just the casual ‘snack meal’ as it contains so little biologically active proteins (these are destroyed during the amount of processing hydrolysate undergoes.) However, when combined with other proteins, the result is an effective, highly absorbable protein source for a “meal replacement” or as a recovery drink.

*Based on a serving in water on an empty stomach. Absorption rates can vary if taken on empty stomachs or with other delivery systems i.e. milk instead of water.

***Based on information gathered from Muscle and Fitness Magazine December 2008

**NOTE: We will discuss the final piece of the tri-blend of proteins, Soy protein isolate, in a moment, but first we will look at some of the health benefits of Whey Protein.

 A few facts about whey protein:

  • Whey protein is a nutritionally complete protein. It contains bioactive ingredients, like immunoglobulins and lactoferrin, which help support the immune system.
  • Athletes prefer whey protein to soy protein due to its rich abundance of branched chain amino acids and its quick absorption rate. These are important to help repair and rebuild muscles after a workout or competitive event.
  • Whey protein has a fresh, neutral taste compared and will not change the taste of foods you add it to.
  • Whey protein does not contain isoflavones or any other components with potential hormonal effects.


Benefits of Whey Protein for weight loss: Whey Protein And Weight Loss 200x300 “Shake it up” with ViSalus Sciences Vi Shape®

Both adult and childhood obesity is a growing problem in the western world. Being obese or overweight greatly increases the risks of suffering from these conditions (to name but a few:)

• High Cholesterol Levels
• High Blood Pressure
• Diabetes
• Heart Disease
• Stroke

It therefore is important to keep your weight at a healthy level, via correct diet and exercise. Including whey protein in this diet can further assist fat loss. It does this in a number of different ways. Your body will burn more calories after taking a protein-based meal. More energy is required by the body to breakdown proteins. Appetite suppressing hormones, such as glucagon-like-peptide-1 and cholecystokinin are released by bioactive components of whey protein.

By drinking a whey protein shake in between your main meals, your appetite and urge to snack is reduced by the release of these hormones. When used as a meal replacement, the additional effects on the body result in increased rate of weight loss. In studies on whey protein, published by the British Journal of Nutrition it was concluded that “…whey protein alone appears to have the predominant influence accounting for 70% of the overall effect on body-weight gain.”

*This was after controlled studies that determined whey protein was conclusive in preventing gains in body weight. Other studies have found that “Whey Protein is the best protein for fat loss during energy restricted diets, when combined with exercise.”**

Whey protein delays absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. This delays the release of insulin from the pancreas. While a benefit for diabetics, this also allows the body to burn off more fat and so is of advantage in terms of weight management too. Whey protein has high amounts of the amino acid Leucine, so while it can help weight loss, whey protein also prevents loss of lean muscle tissue. This will help with accompanying exercise to build muscle and show off definition.

*Cambridge University Press


imagesCAXVHQAF 150x150 “Shake it up” with ViSalus Sciences Vi Shape®The Benefit of Whey Protein in TYPE 2 DIABETES

Type 2 diabetes is a growing health problem, largely in part to the continued rise in obesity. It is not unique to adults and is becoming more of a concern for children and teenagers.

Type 2 diabetes is when the pancreas in the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body cannot effectively use the insulin. The usual solutions, depending on severity, are anything from diet control, to insulin stimulating drugs or a combination of both drugs and insulin to be taken.

Type 2 diabetes can be due to a number of reasons: family history, having given birth to a baby weighing 9lbs or more and poor weight management and obesity in adults and teenagers.

These factors and more can contribute to the development of Type 2 diabetes. There are a number of symptoms associated with diabetes, including: blurred vision, increased thirst, drinking more water, passing urine more frequently, increased tiredness and slow healing wounds.

If you are suffering from any of the above, diabetes may be the reason so you should see a medical practitioner just in case.

Whey protein powder can be beneficial to diabetes sufferers because it has the highest biological value of any known protein. This means it is a good source of protein for diabetics whose intake may be suffering due to altered diets. Also, whey protein can help manage blood glucose levels. It is suggested by some that higher protein levels can stimulate insulin production from the pancreas. According to diabetes.org.uk though, further studies may be required to confirm the insulin stimulating effect.

In addition, Whey protein also slows the absorption of carbohydrates, such as glucose, into the bloodstream.

It has been claimed that taking whey protein when you are diabetic is a bad thing because of a condition known as Aminoacidemia. This is when there are too many amino acids in the blood and insulin production could be affected. However, according to a representative from diabetes.org.uk., studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers never stated aminoacidemia as an adverse affect.


Whey Protein in Assisting the Body to Heal Wounds

Protein is important as we have seen in many functions and processes in the body. When the body is injured and undergoes the healing process, it requires an increased amount of protein. Protein and its amino acids are the building blocks that are required in the growth of new skin to replace the damaged tissue. Inadequate amounts of protein or the use of lower quality proteins may delay the healing process.

The protein demand by the body is also increased due to requirements in the immune response, the inflammatory response and in the formation of what is known as Granulation tissue.

This is a connective tissue that replaces a fibrin clot in healing wounds. It develops ‘base-first’ to fill the wound and is the final stages of the healing. Whey Protein also contains a globular protein called Lactoferrin. Lactoferrin contains antimicrobial properties that assist the body’s immune system. One of the ways it does this is to block bacteria and viruses binding to host cells in the body.

Whey protein also contains components with protective anti-microbial properties, such as lactoferrin. In recent years companies have introduced mouthwashes and oral care products containing these protective whey protein components. The companies are taking advantage of the unique features of whey protein to create new products for diabetics and others sensitive to oral irritations. This area is expected to evolve in the future.

Benefits of Whey Protein for Cancer Sufferers

Being diagnosed with cancer must be a traumatic and emotional time for both the sufferer and their relatives and friends. Treatment is ever advancing, with drugs, radiation therapy and chemotherapy being just some of the ways the medical world is fighting against Cancer. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy do have their side effects on a patient however. These can include: fatigue nausea, sickness, anemia to name just a few.

Nausea and sickness can in turn lead to a lack of appetite and the individual’s nutritional intake can suffer. Protein is part of this nutritional intake and whey protein can be of great benefit to cancer patients. It is a high source of quality protein, easily available to the body and more importantly in this circumstance it is easily digestible for the patient.

As mentioned earlier, whey protein is abundant in amino acids. One such amino acid is Cysteine. Cysteine can raise the levels of the antioxidant glutathione. Levels are also raised within lymphocytes, which help fight infection, which can help when immune systems are weakened by chemotherapy.

In addition, high cysteine levels can inhibit growth of some cancer cells. Findings presented in 2003 showed that women with the greatest levels of cysteine had a 56% lower chance of developing invasive breast cancer than those with the lowest levels. Risk of colon cancer may also be reduced as cysteine has been proved to reduce the production of particular cells lining the colon.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are taking regular medication or treatment please discuss with your medical practitioner first so they are aware you are taking supplements. Under no circumstances should you replace any medication you are taking for your treatment with whey protein powder or any other protein supplement.


The final piece of the tri-blend of proteins is Soy protein isolate:

Soy protein isolate supplies a high quality of protein that contains all essential amino acids needed for growth. Soy protein isolate is equal in quality to animal products and is almost fat free containing less than 1 percent fat and unlike animal products contains no cholesterol and little or no saturated fat.

In addition to the excellent quality of soy protein, scientists have found that soy protein may help reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol and increasing the flexibility of blood vessels. The FDA has approved a health claim stating that “25 grams of soy protein in a daily diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol can help reduce total and LDL cholesterol that is moderately high to high.” Much of the human and animal research on the health benefits of soy has been conducted using isolated soy protein and should testify to its short-term safety and efficacy.

Important bio-active components found naturally in soybeans are being studied in relationship to relieving menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, maintaining healthy bones, and preventing prostate, breast, and colorectal cancers. The content of bio-active components in soy protein isolate varies from product to product depending on how the soy protein is processed.

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Soy for Heart Disease

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The American Heart Association notes that heart disease is the number one killer of American women.

imagesCAV00KM0 150x150 “Shake it up” with ViSalus Sciences Vi Shape®Making significant changes in your diet and lifestyle can help improve your overall health and decrease your risk of developing heart disease. If you already suffer from heart disease then including soy in your diet may decrease your risk of a heart attack and benefit your overall health. Here’s why:

Read the Label: The Food and Drug Administration approved a health claim for foods that contain at least 6.25 grams of soy. The health claim states that, “25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”

Soyfoods Can Replace Less Healthy Foods: Soyfoods are a source of high-quality protein and, unlike many other sources of high-quality protein, soyfoods are low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free. Soyfoods come in a variety of forms, everything from soy sausages to soy flour, so it is easy to replace foods and ingredients in your diet with healthy soyfoods and soy ingredients. So try a soy burger; you won’t be able to tell the difference, but your heart will!

Soyfoods Can Lower Your Bad Cholesterol: Soyfoods are a tasty way to lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase your HDL (good) cholesterol. Soyfoods also include dietary fiber, high quality protein, iron, essential fatty acids, and other important nutrients.

Soy for Healthy Weight

Avoiding over-eating, while increasing physical activity is the key to losing weight.  Soyfoods can aid in your weight loss program by saving calories and fat when eaten in place of food high in fat.  Soyfoods contain fewer calories, less total fat and saturated fat, and more fiber than other sources of high-quality protein.  For example, you can save 90 calories and 3 grams of saturated fat by substituting 2 soy links for 2 pork sausage links.

Soy and Weight Loss: Plant protein, such as soy, may play a key role in controlling calorie intake.  Protein may increase satiety—or make you feel full—more than carbohydrates.  This means that eating healthy soy protein, in the form of soyfoods, can make you feel full and limit your craving for more food.

Soy and the 2005 Dietary Guidelines: In addition to aiding with weight loss, soyfoods fit into the USDA MyPyramid guidelines as a healthy protein source.

The ViSalus Sciences Vi-Shape® has taken these three, highly effective, highlyvi shape drink 148x150 “Shake it up” with ViSalus Sciences Vi Shape® absorbable and efficient sources of protein and combined them to make a complete shake for meal replacement to aid in weight loss and as a performance and recovery shake for those looking for improved fitness development.

The ViSalus product line offers simple, complete solutions to help with your weight loss, nutrition and fitness goals. When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, we all face many of the same obstacles.

ViSalus™ offers exceptional solutions to most Dieter’s three main challenges:

1. Eating right and cutting calories

2. Boosting a tired metabolism and helping with energy

3. Helping calm hunger and the stress of dieting

ViSalus has taken the guesswork out of it. Best of all, the program provides a simple way to not only lose weight, but to help you keep it off too!

The Body by Vi Challenge takes the power of these products, and gives you a game plan for success.

imagesCA3NMKTY “Shake it up” with ViSalus Sciences Vi Shape®ViSalus products give your body what it needs to lose weight. No more counting calories or trying to balance how to get the right mix of nutrients within your calorie limit. You can define HOW you use it to meet your lifestyle, even a lifestyle that’s on the go.

So whether you are supplementing for increased performance and recovery, adding valuable nutrition to your diet for improving health, or like many people, in need to lose a little or even a lot of weight…. ViSalus Sciences Vi-Shape® is your solution to better health and a better life.

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