Monthly Archives: January 2020

Green Leafy Vegetables: Rubiscolin-6

Greeny leafy vegetables are a rich source of nutrients including vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. The phytochemicals in green leafy vegetables may play a significant role in their health effects, although some of these are less well characterised that other nutrients. … Continue reading

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Rubiscolin-6: Anxiolytic component of spinach

D-ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) is the pivotal enzyme for carbon dioxide fixation and photorespiration in plants, and it is known that rubisco makes up approximately 30 to 50 % of the soluble protein found in the leaves of plants. Rubisco is … Continue reading

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Fruit and Vegetable Intake Reduces the Risk of Depression

A number of studies have observed the protective effects of plant foods on mental health. In particular, consumption of fruits and vegetables may be highly beneficial. For example, in one study, researchers investigated the association between fruit and vegetable intake … Continue reading

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Is Vitamin D Associated with Depression?

Low levels of vitamin D are associated with low mood. In particular, as blood levels of the vitamin D metabolite 25-hydroxyvitamin D fall, there is an increased risk of low mood. Studies have investigated the association between vitamin D status … Continue reading

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Beneficial Forms of Sugar In Food

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Microbiota and Health

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Sun Exposure for Mood: Is It All The Vitamin D?

Low levels of vitamin D in the blood are associated with low mood. One explanation for the benefits of sun exposure on mood is that it increases blood levels of vitamin D. As vitamin D is required for proper brain … Continue reading

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Vitamin D and Mood Disorders

Vitamin D is increasingly being shown to possess a wide range of cellular effects. These effects are known to include changes to brain chemistry, the implications of which are not fully understood. It is suspected that vitamin D plays a … Continue reading

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Vitamin D and Bone Pain

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient, that can be considered a hormone. Vitamin D is required for a wide range of functions in the body, one of which is the maintenance of correct calcium homeostasis. Chronic low levels of vitamin … Continue reading

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Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a common ingredient in herbal tea. Peppermint tea, like regular black and green tea, is a decoction of leaves in hot water. This brewing process passes many of the phytochemicals in the leaves to the water, … Continue reading

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