Author Archives: Robert Barrington

About Robert Barrington

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

Carotenoids and Anxiety

Antioxidants are thought to be protective of mood disorders including anxiety and depression. The reason for this may relate to the fact that inflammation is a leading causative agent in the development of mood disorders and the detrimental effects of … Continue reading

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Antioxidants: Depression and Anxiety

Oxidative stress is associated with detrimental mood changes. The aetiology of depression and anxiety are complex, but it is thought that the release of inflammatory cytokines may be an initiating step. The release of these cytokines can be caused by … Continue reading

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids And Depression

Increasingly, omega-3 fatty acids are being seen as pivotal to mental health. Omega-3 fatty acids are of interest nutritionally because evidence shows that dietary intakes of these fats are falling, and this has lead to a serious imbalance between the … Continue reading

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The White Water Lily (Nymphaea alba)

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Ellagic Acid: Neuroprotective Polyphenol

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Grape Seed Extract: Improvements in Anxiety and Sleep

Vitis vinifera is the Latin name for the common grape vine. Vitis vinifera is cultivated throughout the World for wine, fruit and juice production. Vitis vinifera grows to around 30 meters in length, and is characterised by a flakey bark, … Continue reading

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Chromium As A Treatment for Depression

Chromium is an essential trace mineral required for human health. Current studies suggest that the chromium intake of Western countries is too low and many individuals are at risk of subclinical deficiencies. This relates to the poor quality of the … Continue reading

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Magnesium to Treat Depression in the Elderly?

A number of clinical studies have observed the ability of dietary magnesium supplements to effectively and rapidly treat depression in humans. The reason for this is not fully understood but may relate to the ability of magnesium to cause relaxation … Continue reading

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Selenium: Brain Friendly Nutrient

When selenium levels drop, the brain is preferentially supplied with any spare selenium. Further, as selenium levels drop in the brain it is known that certain neurotransmitters have their synthesis rates affected. This has lead to speculation that selenium is … Continue reading

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More Evidence That Zinc Deficiency Causes Mood Changes

Zinc is an essential trace mineral required by hundreds of enzymes in mammalian tissues. Zinc has been shown to have particular effects with regard treating depression. These effects may relate to the ability of zinc to bind to the glutamate … Continue reading

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