Train Well: Sports Nutrition Basics

Just Soy You Know

Published: February 21st, 2013
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Study after study on the subject of protein in our diet shows how essential it is to our muscle health, especially important as we age.

As a busy neurosurgeon and triathlete I am constantly pushing my body to the limit and maintaining muscle health is extremely important me. So, I routinely use high quality protein supplements that include the amino acid leucine, which has been shown to be more effective than other amino acids to improve muscle cell building as we age.

Milk based whey and casein proteinPro-Performance-100-Soy-Isolate supplements are considered an excellent source of essential amino acids used by the body to maintain muscle building.  While I have personally used both whey and casein protein supplements with excellent results for years for both training and general muscle maintenance, I recently tried GNC’s NEW Pro Performance 100% Soy Isolate and am finding it to be a very good alternative protein source.

Soy based protein supplements can offer an excellent alternative source of essential amino acids especially for those who wish to avoid milk products. I recently have become more lactose intolerant and was introduced to the soy protein, which is from a plant source.  This fact is also appealing to vegetarians and others who want to use a plant based protein source.  Soy also contains high quantities of the essential amino acid leucine and studies have shown that soy protein taken by active individuals helps support muscles during exercise.

ProteinNumber_400x400_4Using GNC’s Protein Number tool, I recently found my target protein number to be 116 grams of protein per day when I’m training.  By adding two servings of the soy protein supplement (which contains 25 grams of protein per serving) to my regular diet of lean meat, fresh vegetables and fruit I am able to ensure that I am getting adequate dietary protein. By carefully constructing my diet each day, I am able to keep my body primed to compete in a sport I love and maintain energy throughout a busy day in the OR.  I have also found that soy based protein is easier for me to digest and I love the chocolate flavor.

Soy protein may be a great fit for you if you fall into any of the following categories:

  • Vegetarian
  • Avoid dairy products
  • Need to increase daily protein intake
  • Concerned about maintaining muscle mass
  • Looking for high quantities of leucine

Even if you are not a busy neurosurgeon or triathlete you need protein in your diet. If you have any  underlying health related issue discuss any diet or exercise changes with your doctor before you begin.  The key to maintaining your health is to start now – Find your Protein Number today and learn how protein supplementation can change your day!

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