Author Archives: Robert Barrington

About Robert Barrington

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

Arnica montana as an Anxiolytic

Arnica is a group of plants that belong to the Asteraceae family of flowering plants. Arnica montana, one plant in this group has been researched for its anti-inflammatory effects. In this regard Arnica montana has been evidenced to be effective … Continue reading

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Can Arnica montana Compounds Diffuse Through Skin?

Arnica is a group of plants that have medicinal uses against inflammation. It has been reported that compounds within arnica, including a group of sesquiterpene lactones, are able to attenuate the inflammatory process and in doing so may reduce pain … Continue reading

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Arnica montana: Effective Anti-Inflammatory?

Arnica is a well known traditional remedy for the treatment of inflammation and its associated pain. Arnica actually includes a large number of closely related plants from the Asteraceae family including Arnica montana, Arnica chamissonis, Arnica fulgens, Arnica cordifolia and … Continue reading

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Saffron (Crocus sativus): Potential Weight Loss Benefits?

Saffron (Crocus sativus) is a herb that is known to possess potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. These effects relate to the presence of a number of phytochemicals in the plant including crocetin, safranal, crocin and picrocrocin. Evidence suggests that saffron … Continue reading

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Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum): Medicinal Plant

Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) are evergreen trees that grow in tropical locations. The flower buds of clove plants are known to possess an oil with a number of medicinal effects including germicidal properties as well as anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal … Continue reading

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β-Caryophyllene as an Anxiolytic

β-Caryophyllene is a sesquiterpene found naturally in plants. β-Caryophyllene is considered a dietary cannabinoid because it can activate the CB2 receptor and cause metabolic changes to brain chemistry. β-Caryophyllene has been researched for its ability to affect anxiety in animal … Continue reading

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Citrus Aurantium, St John’s Wort and Caffeine for Weight Loss

Herbal treatments for weight loss have been shown to be effective when given in certain combinations or when taken as part of a healthy lifestyle. Citrus autanteum in one herb that has shown promise as a weight loss supplement because … Continue reading

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Reducing Sugar Sweetened Drinks: Weight Loss

Consumption of sugar in beverages can significantly contribute to overall energy intake. In addition, sugar is a metabolic poison that can disrupt normal metabolic pathways and hormonal control through its influence of the sensitivity of the insulin receptor. Limiting drinks … Continue reading

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Effects of Fasting on Testosterone

Fasting has some interesting metabolic effects. For example, the fall in insulin levels seen with fasting may induce weight loss, and the fall in inflammatory markers may improve immunity. Testosterone levels are known to drop in males undergoing fasting and … Continue reading

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Stress and Fasting

Fasting is known to cause significant hormonal and neuronal changes. These changes are thought to be responsible for some of the health effects of fasting. Fasting can change brain chemistry through a number of mechanisms and one mechanism might be … Continue reading

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