Author Archives: Robert Barrington

About Robert Barrington

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

The Main Role of The Stomach In Digestion

The stomach can be described as a muscular J-shaped bag that sits in the thoracic cavity, which joins the oesophagus to the small intestine. The esophageal and pyloric sphincters act as barriers to the oesophagus and small intestine, respectively. The … Continue reading

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Citrus sinensis as an Anxiolytic and Antidepressant

Citrus sinensis is the scientific name for the sweet oranges varieties that are commonly eaten as fruit. There is evidence that consuming oranges is beneficial to health, and this relates partly to their phytochemistry. Oranges are high in flavonoids of … Continue reading

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Saffron as a Source of Kaempferol

Kaempferol is a phytochemical that belongs to the large polyphenol class of chemicals. Within this group, kaempferol belongs to the flavonoid subclass, and is further separated into the flavonol group. The molecule kaempferol contains free hydroxyl groups, and these chemical … Continue reading

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Quercetin to Treat Anxiety?

Quercetin is a phytochemical that belongs to the flavonol sub-group of flavonoids. The molecule is hydroxylated three times, and each hydroxyl group can interact with a free radical to reduce oxidative stress. This gives quercetin a good antioxidant potential, and … Continue reading

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Is Soy a Mood Elevating Food?

Soy contains isoflavones which belong to the flavonoid class of polyphenols. Isoflavones have been shown to have particular effects on the hormonal systems of humans and animals because they may be able to interact with the oestrogen receptor. Studies have … Continue reading

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Gut Bacteria as Mood Modulators

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Winter Time: Increase Your Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required for a number of functions in humans. Unlike most animals, humans do not have the ability to synthesise vitamin C endogenously and so must consume their vitamin C in the diet. The requirement … Continue reading

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Is Achyranthes aspera (Apang) an Antidepressant?

Achyranthes aspera grows throughout tropical regions of the world but is thought to be native to India. In India, locally the plant is called Apang. Traditional Indian medicine uses various parts of the plant for therapeutic purposes, and this may … Continue reading

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Achyranthes aspera for Mood Disorders

Achyranthes aspera is commonly known as prickly chaff flower. The flowering plant belongs to the Amaranthaceae family and in India, where it grows natively, it is locally known as Apang. The plant is used in traditional medicine for a number … Continue reading

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Isoflavones as a Treatment for Anxiety and Depression?

Flavonoids are a group of phytochemicals that belong to the larger polyphenol class. Flavonoids have been shown to have particular health effects, one of which may be improvements in mood. This may relate directly to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects … Continue reading

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