ioWhey Comes to Two Beyond Raw Dynamic Proteins at GNC

A win for science — a win for consumers

Introducing the dynamic duo that’s here to shake up the supplement world and flex its scientific muscles: Beyond Raw‘s latest protein power couple, Dynamic Whey and Dynamic Gainer. These aren’t your average protein powders; they’re both armed with Ingredient Optimized‘s cutting-edge ioWhey whey protein technology, formulated to fuel gains in a high-tech protein powder.

Beyond Raw Dynamic Proteins Use ioWhey for Better Amino Acid Absorption

Both of the new Beyond Raw Dynamic Proteins use ioWhey from Ingredient Optimized for better amino acid absorption

GNC’s Beyond Raw has been sweating it out in the lab, meticulously crafting next-generation, scientifically-sound supplements like the fully-loaded Concept X pre-workout. The launch of Dynamic Whey and Dynamic Gainer is no exception, as the brand pushes the boundaries of what’s possible for a high-tech a protein.

We recently covered another recent Ingredient Optimized partnership, explaining io Technology inside. Consider today’s article an encore performance, recapping the revolutionary technology while shining a spotlight on the powerful pairing of Beyond Raw and ioWhey, and why this matters for supplement science at large.

Let’s dive headfirst into the world of Dynamic Whey and Dynamic Gainer, where muscle pump is enhanced, dreams become reality, and the pursuit of perfection reaches its peak. But first, sign up for our Ingredient Optimized news alerts, check PricePlow’s prices, and then get into it:

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Beyond Raw Dynamic Whey and Dynamic Gainer: Both Feature ioWhey Technology

First, let’s describe the key similarity between these two supplements: both Dynamic Whey and Dynamic Gainer use ioWhey for optimized amino acid absorption.

Beyond Raw: Beyond Anything Else Out There

So what is ioWhey?

ioWhey is a whey protein powder that’s undergone Ingredient Optimized’s patented ioProtein Technology,[1,2] which is a natural process that improves the ingredients’ solubility and amino acid bioavailability. The technology itself is backed by ten clinical research studies, at least three of which specifically use ioWhey in humans.[3-5]

Beyond  Raw ioWhey Protein

The technology itself is best explained in our previous Ingredient Optimized article, but here’s the general idea:

  1. This cold atmospheric treatment introduces natural changes to the protein, helping to expose their binding sites better.[6]
  2. This shift increases the protein’s surface area,[6] improving the powder’s solubility and dispersion properties.[7]
  3. This leads to greater overall bioavailability, since the amino acids are cleaved more easily by the digestive system,[8] leading to improved amino acid uptake[4,5] and reduced GI discomfort.[3-5]

This is all done without enzymatic pre-digestion or acid treatment processes that can chemically alter the protein. Instead, this is a structural shift using plasma surface modification[9] – no new ingredients, filters, or chemical solvents needed!


ioProtein Technology: SuperCharged Protein

Now let’s look at how ioWhey beats the competition, and then we’ll get back to the two supplements at hand.

ioWhey Human Clinical Research

As of 2023, there are three human studies that examine performance or absorption:

Performance Outcomes

  • In 2018, researchers recruited healthy young men and women to test whey protein isolate with ioProtein Technology against standard whey protein isolate for 8 weeks.[3] They were given 28 grams of protein per day, and told to maintain their diet but discontinue other supplements.

    After 8 weeks, the data showed that the participants taking ioProtein had significant improvements in fat-free mass compared to the control group. They also had significantly greater increases in squat, bench press, and recovery time.[3]

    ioWhey Performance Strength Recovery

    Compared to non-treated whey, ioWhey consumption led to better strength / performance, recovery, and fewer GI issues! [3]

    Additionally, the ioProtein group reported less digestive discomfort.[3]

    How did this happen? The next studies demonstrate it using plasma amino acid measurements:

Absorption Outcomes: Head-to-Head

  • In 2019, another team of researchers recruited 12 healthy young men for a randomized, crossover study comparing 29.6 grams of whey protein isolate (WPI) to 29.6 grams of ioWhey (WPI + io).[4]

    This time, they tested plasma EAA and BCAA before consumption and at the 30, 60, 90, 120, and 180 minute timestamps after consumption. There was a six-day washout, and then they crossed the groups so that everybody received both treatments.

    The data is beyond impressive:

    ioWhey Plasma Amino Acids

    ioWhey Protein led to significantly greater plasma amino acid uptake compared to regular whey![4]

    ioWhey led to a significantly greater area under the curve for plasma total EAA, BCAA, and leucine — specifically, greater by 55.2%, 52.6%, and 50.8% respectively![4]

    These are massive increases from just one scoop, and the significant differences are at 30, 60, 90, and 120 minutes post-ingestion – a huge portion of the “anabolic window”. Even after three hours, plasma EAA differences are no longer significant… but they’re still greater from ioWhey.[4]

    A greater and longer leucine spike

    Beyond Raw Dynamic Protein ioWhey

    The above numbers discuss total area under the curve, but it’s worth mentioning that maximum levels also spike higher. For instance, at its peak, ioWhey had a 29.6% higher spike in leucine levels. Even better, the leucine peak lasted longer — it kept growing into the 60-minute mark, whereas the traditional whey protein group’s plasma leucine levels were already on their way down.[4]

    These two studies are enough to make the case for ioWhey, but Ingredient Optimized has a bit more data from an additional study:

  • In 2020, a multi-pronged study was conducted testing ioPea and ioBCAA, which aren’t the subject of this article, but there was also an arm using ioWhey.[5]

    Here, they compared untreated hydrolyzed whey protein isolate against plasma treated non-hydrolyzed whey protein isolate (ioWhey), which is interesting because it’s two competing technologies pitted against each other.

    So which one worked better?

    The answer is pretty clear: ioWhey!

    ioWhey Protein Isolate vs. Untreated Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate

    ioWhey Protein Isolate vs. Untreated Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate[5]

    Once again, ioWhey not only provided greater overall plasma EAA and BCAA in terms of total area under the curve, but it also led to higher peaks as well.[5] And the victory was meaningful — there’s statistical significance at the 30, 60, and 120-minute post-ingestion timestamps.[5]

    Again, we need to comment that the 60-minute mark is again very impressive – there’s hardly any drop-off in plasma BCAA or EAA. This means that the body can get a lot more out of ioWhey.

Looking at the data, it’s clear why Beyond Raw decided on ioWhey: it takes a great protein source and makes it even more high-tech. And in today’s market, having human clinical data is imperative for a company like GNC.

The only question is, which Beyond Raw Dynamic product do you take, if not both?

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Beyond Raw Dynamic Whey vs. Dynamic Gainer: What are the Differences?

Let’s quickly compare these two products – obviously, Dynamic Gainer is a mass gainer that’s going to have more macros, while Dynamic Whey is a more “traditional” whey protein, but there’s a bit more going on.

The macronutrient comparisons (Chocolate flavors)

Beyond Raw Dynamic Whey Ingredients

The Beyond Raw Dynamic Whey Ingredients

Macros may vary based upon flavor:

Beyond Raw Dynamic Whey

  • Servings Per Container: 25
  • Calories: 130
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Total Fat: 1 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 4 g
    • Total Sugars: 1 g

Beyond Raw Dynamic Gainer

  • Servings Per Container: 15
  • Calories: 810
  • Protein: 50 g
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 130 g
    • Total Sugars: 7 g
    • Dietary Fiber: 8 g

Beyond Raw Dynamic Gainer Ingredients

Obviously a huge difference here! But there are a few extra added ingredients worth briefly discussing, which will be covered in future PricePlow articles.

Other added active ingredients

Beyond Raw Dynamic Whey also includes PeptiStrong, a peptide found in fava beans that’s been shown to activate mTOR and reduce muscle wasting — it improved recovery and reduced muscle fatigue following training. Additionally, to support digestion, a protease has been added to assist in protein breakdown, and there 5 billion CFUs of DE111 a probiotic that supports gut health.

Beyond Raw Dynamic Gainer goes a bit further, adding numerous vitamins and minerals, collagen peptides, creatine, HMB, digestive enzymes, and Velositol to improve muscle protein synthesis. It really has it all — except PeptiStrong — and easily makes the case for the industry’s most aggressive weight gainer.

Can both be taken?

If you’re chasing a big month, the answer is yes – these can be complementary products if it fits your caloric and macronutrient goals. There’s no issue taking more than one serving of ioWhey, and the PeptiStrong in Dynamic Whey works differently than any of the other muscle builders in Dynamic Gainer.

Beyond Raw Dynamic Whey

Flavors Available

Above, we show the chocolate macros, but those aren’t the only flavors available!

Dynamic Whey Flavors

    Dynamic Gainer Flavors

      Science for the win: Beyond Raw’s ioWhey-Powered Dynamic Products Impress

      “A win for science, a win for consumers”? Oh no, dear friends, this is not just a mere victory – it’s a total victory lap — a triumphant fusion of cutting-edge innovation, hard-earned gains, and taste to match.

      Beyond Raw Dynamic Gainer

      We’ve been covering Ingredient Optimized since 2020, and are incredibly excited to see it really gaining steam. ioWhey’s research is simply too impressive to ignore, especially if you’re trying to formulate a premium protein.

      When you see a serious company like GNC jump in, you know it’s been vetted. Reason being, GNC has an extremely strict compliance team.

      With rounds of successful human clinical research, ioWhey is poised to be on the forefront of the next protein revolution — as well as ioPea, ioWhey, and potentially ioCollagen. But you can take the next generation protein right here, right now, thanks to Beyond Raw’s Dynamic Whey and Dynamic Gainer’s insightful formulations.

      So brace yourselves, because Beyond Raw has taken a thrilling leap into the realm where science meets swole.

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      About the Author: Mike Roberto

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      Mike Roberto is a research scientist and water sports athlete who founded PricePlow. He is an n=1 diet experimenter with extensive experience in supplementation and dietary modification, whose personal expertise stems from several experiments done on himself while sharing lab tests.

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