Author Archives: Robert Barrington

About Robert Barrington

Robert Barrington is a writer, nutritionist, lecturer and philosopher.

The Mediterranean Diet: Anti-Inflammatory for Better Mental Health

The Mediterranean diet is a traditional diet that has a number of health benefits. Some of these benefits relate to the ability of the diet to improve mental health. In particular, adherence to the Mediterranean diet decreases the risk of … Continue reading

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Dietary Patterns and Mood Disorders

The Mediterranean diet is a traditional diet that is characterised by foods that are unprocessed or minimally processed. This include large amounts of fruits and vegetables and other foods containing high amounts of antioxidants, particularly red wine. In contrast the … Continue reading

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The Human Microbiome

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Hypnotic Effects of Rosa Damascena

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Plants As A Source of Opioid Peptides

Plant are important dietary components for humans and animals. Plants contain a large number of proteins and many of these are enzymes. Plants use enzymes to synthesise phytochemicals. Evidence suggests that some of these enzyme may be useful as pharmacological … Continue reading

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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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