Author Archives: Robert Barrington

About Robert Barrington

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

Red and White Ginseng

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Dietary Sources of GABA

Gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) is an amino acid neurotransmitter found in the brains of mammals and other animals. GABA is synthesised by humans and is therefore not essential in the diet. GABA is an amino acid, but it is not … Continue reading

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Does Caffeine Increase Anxiety?

Evidence suggests that tea is able to cause a calming effect in the minutes after it is drunk. However, tea contains caffeine, and caffeine has been shown to be an anxiogenic agent in mammals. This apparently paradoxical situation is explainable … Continue reading

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Seafood for Mood Disorders

Seafood is increasingly being seen as beneficial to mood disorders. The current opinion is that part of this benefit comes from the high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids in seafood. In particular the omega 3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid  (DHA, … Continue reading

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids To Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

There is evidence that there is currently an epidemic of depressive and anxiety disorders in the Western nations. Some have argued this is due to improvements in diagnosis and reporting of mood disorders, but empirical evidence argues against this case … Continue reading

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The Neuroprotective Effects of Polyphenols

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Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla): A Source of Apigenin

Chamomile is a medicinal plant with mood enhancing effects. These effects are thought to be due to the presence of flavonoids within the plant tissue. In particular, researchers have shown that chamomile contains apigenin, a flavonoid belonging to the flavone … Continue reading

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Does Drinking Water Cause Fat Loss?

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Rhodiola rosea (Arctic Root)

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Sage (Salvia): Medicinal Plant

Sage (Salvia) is a group of plants belonging to the Lamiaceae or mint family of. The plants are mostly aromatic on account of the presence of a characteristic essential oil. The most commonly known species of sage is perhaps Salvia … Continue reading

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