About Matt Angove, ND
Matt Angove, ND received his medical training at Bastyr University the premier medical school for natural health training and one of only four fully accredited naturopathic doctorate schools.
He did his undergraduate studies at Oral Robert’s University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Health & Exercise Science with pre-medicine emphasis. Before transferring to Oral Robert’s after his sophomore year he attended Warner Pacific College where along with nutrition studies also played basketball and ran for the cross country team.
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3:29 Dr. Angove’s Naturopathic Journey: At age 16 Dr. Angove was always eating candy. When he was about to try out for basketball, his mom gave him the book, Walking in Divine Health by Dr. Don Colbert. It educated him on nutrition. Later, Dr. Angove worked with Dr. Colbert, who urged him to go to Bastyr University to become a naturopath rather than attending traditional medical school.
6:34 One Small Change can Have a Huge Impact: A Canadian study of Olympic cyclists tested blood glutathione levels and found they had an average 49% depression in glutathione levels. The athletes were given supplements and glutathione levels were brought to normal levels. They discovered across the board increase in performance parameters of about 1 to 2%. At an Olympic level of competition, that amount is significant and can mean the difference between a gold medal and maybe 6th place. Enhanced performance can be achieved using natural compounds that promote overall health.
9:18 Muscle and Your Health: Muscle is the number one biological marker of aging. The more muscle tissue you have, the younger your body is and the more mitochondria you have. Mitochondria are your energy source. When you have active muscle tissue, you can keep yourself out of a nursing home. The more active muscle tissue you have, the less insulin resistance you have. The more easily sugar will find its way out of the bloodstream and into your muscles and allow you to burn more fat and stay lean. It also allows you to adapt.
11:38 Dr. Angove’s Dad is a CrossFit Champion: This year, Dr. Angove’s father came in second in the world in the 60 and older bracket in the CrossFit World Games. When he started CrossFit, at age 59, his squat was with 95 lbs. Within about a year, he was squatting 305 lbs. He did this with high intensity interval training, optimized supplementation, and by consistently putting in the work. At every age, your body is ready to improve, grow, put on muscle and adapt.
15:13 Creatine: It is the initiator of ATP, adenosine triphosphate, production. Creatine is the donor of the phosphate. It enables energy production. Research shows that if your creatine stores are sufficient, you have 12 times faster ability to create ATP. This gives you a longer duration of quick energy without having to activate lactic acid or slower pathways so quickly. Creatine also activates ATP in your neurons, thus increasing the ability for you muscles to communicate with your nervous system. Quercetin, choline, beta alanine also create energy. Creatine has the most rigorous studies. Creatine requires magnesium to create ATP. You could use a creatine/magnesium chelate, so they are taken together. Many of us are magnesium deficient. Creatine can be used for anti-aging, metabolic performance and cognitive performance.
21:00 Carnosine: It is an amino acid that buffers muscle tissue. During high intensity exercise, muscle tissue becomes very acidic. Carnosine helps muscle tissue to stay functional and do more work over time. Taking supplemental carnosine does not increase cellular carnosine. You can take beta alanine to increase your carnosine levels. Once levels of carnosine are high, it takes very little beta alanine to maintain that level. Beta alanine has also been shown to decrease perception of exhaustion. These two benefits of beta alanine can allow you to push to another level of performance.
25:30 Taurine: Taurine is an amino acid vital for energy production and is spent quickly with the stress of daily life and especially with high intensity interval training. You need taurine to combine with carnosine to shuttle fatty acids into your mitochondria. Taurine also helps calm the brain. Competitive athletes can taurine before an event to prevent them from using energy stores on anxiety and stress. You will see it on the ingredients list on energy drinks to help counter some of the effects of caffeine.
28:19 Quercetin: Quercetin increases the number of mitochondria in your muscles and neurological tissue. It creates mitochondria, studies show, even without exercise. When mitochondria are increased, you are essentially becoming younger. If you are an athlete, your capacity to perform will be increased. In animal studies, the desire to perform increased with quercetin.
23:20 D-ribose: D-ribose is a sugar molecule that is a critical part of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production, along with magnesium and creatine. If you are in a state of oxygen depletion, from intense exercise, breathing issues or cardiovascular disease, ribose enables the body to utilize oxygen more efficiently and enables the body to produce ATP without it requisite amount of oxygen. Ribose can help prevent some of the oxidative stress on the heart during extreme exercise.
33:08 Elite Fuel: Dr. Angove created a pre and post workout formula. There was a great demand from Dr. Angove’s athlete patients for supplementation. The complex combinations, expense and sheer volume required was a hindrance. Dr. Angove and another person from CrossFit created Elite Fuel. Its role is to create authentic energy for the body, supporting efficient functionality of mitochondria, while the athlete is under extreme stress. There is more information at elitefuel.net.
36:04 Dr. Angove’s Favorite Herb, Nutrient or Botanical: Curcumin as the supplement and turmeric the spice is his favorite. There is lots of research on the inflammatory benefits of curcumin and in the performance field. As opposed to OTC pain meds, curcumin helps alleviate the pain and improve your health and protein synthesis.
37:35 Dr. Angove’s Health Tip for Americans: He wants to see a shift from the fear and disease mentality to one of hope and focus on the benefits of being healthy.