Author Archives: Robert Barrington

About Robert Barrington

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

Elimination Diets and Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease that involves an immune reaction to the gastrointestinal tract lining. This leads to inflammation and can result in pain, and sometimes this involves the production of blood in the gut, which is eliminated in … Continue reading

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Parsley Polyphenols for Anxiety

Parsley (Petroselinum sativum) is a common spice in cooking. The plant belongs to the Apiaceae (Umbellifer) family of plants and is therefore a relative of the carrot and parsnip. The plant is believed to have originated in the mediteranean area, … Continue reading

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Clove Oil (Syzygium aromaticum): Dental Health

Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) is a herb that is often used in cuisine for its unique taste. Cloves also have a number of interesting nutritional properties that may also explain some of their use as traditional medicines. A number of studies … Continue reading

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Lavender and Cloves: Effects on Memory

Lavender and cloves are aromatherapy oils that have an application in the role of mood and memory. The odorants from the oil are able to affect physiological systems because the oils contain volatile compounds that can be absorbed through the … Continue reading

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The Effects of Ginger on Appetite and Thermogeneis

Ginger is a popular spice in cooking because of its unique flavour. However, as well as its culinary uses, ginger also has nutritional value as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Studies have investigated the physiological effects of ginger consumption in order … Continue reading

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The Neurobiology of Anxiety

Fear is a normal biological response that is programmed into all animals and humans. In some animals and humans the circuitry for the fear reaction is more heightened than others, and conditioning can be used to remove or decrease the … Continue reading

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Selenium and Vitamin C: The Stress Connection

A number of nutrients are associated with protection from chronic stress. The basis for this differs between nutrients, but one category of anti-stress nutrients may function through an antioxidant mechanism. Both selenium and vitamin C are important nutrients required for … Continue reading

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Nutritional Protein Quality of Legumes

Legumes are an important source of protein. Chickpeas, lentils, cowpeas, preen peas, green beans, broad beans and many other forms of legumes can contribute significantly to human protein needs. Pulses are the seeds of leguminous plants, and generally they are … Continue reading

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Is Mycoprotein Research Bad Science?

Mycoprotein is a mould that is produced from the fungus Fusarium venenatum. It is high in protein and as a result is often touted as a replacement for animal protein. However, despite the high protein content mycoprotein has low levels … Continue reading

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The Methionine Content of Mycoprotein

Mycoprotein is often claimed to be an effective meat substitute due to its high protein content. The protein content of mycoprotein is high, and compares favourably to meat in terms of total protein. However, the amino acid profile of meat … Continue reading

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