Author Archives: Robert Barrington

About Robert Barrington

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

The Vitamin C Content of Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a rich source of antioxidants. One of the most researched antioxidants in tomatoes is the red pigment lycopene, a carotenoid that has been shown to be beneficial to prostate health. However, tomatoes are also a rich source of … Continue reading

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The Vitamin C and Polyphenol Content of Peaches

Fruit is an excellent source of nutrients, particularly antioxidants. Peaches contain high amounts of vitamin C and polyphenols, both of which have been shown to have antioxidant effects in humans and animals. Studies have investigated the vitamin C and polyphenol … Continue reading

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Zinc Deficiency: Anxiety?

Zinc is an essential trace mineral that is required for a number of functions in humans and animals. Evidence suggests that zinc has a significant effect in the brain and may be required for normal mental function. Researchers have assessed … Continue reading

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Polyphenols Protect from Neuroinflammation

Polyphenols are a large group of phytochemicals that may have biological effects in animals and plants. One group of polyphenols, the flavonoids, have been extensively investigated for their mood elevating effects. There are substantial structural differences between the various polyphenol … Continue reading

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Resveratrol as a PPAR Ligand: Mood Stabiliser

Resveratrol is a polyphenol present in the skin of red grapes. As a result one of the best dietary sources of resveratrol is red wine. Other food sources of resveratrol include pomegranate and nuts. Resveratrol has been evidenced to exert … Continue reading

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The PPA Axis and Neuroinflammation: Polyphenols

Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) is a ligand activated transcription factor present in brain (and other) tissue. The PPAR can modulate neuroinflammation by regulation of the steroid hormone allopregnanolone, which can have a subsequent and significant anti-inflammatory effect. The anti-inflammatory effects … Continue reading

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Lamiophlomis rotata (Kudo): Anxiolytic Herb?

Lamiophlomis rotata is a Tibetan herb that is sometimes commonly called Kudo. The herb is traditionally used to treat pain which suggests that it may have activity on the central nervous system. The active ingredients in Lamiophlomis rotata are iridoid … Continue reading

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Borage as a Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Borage (Borago offininalis) also called starflower, is a plant that belongs to the Boraginaceae family of plants. Borage has been shown to have a number of health effects in humans and animals, and may have potential as a treatment for … Continue reading

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The Association Between Zinc Intake and Depression

A number of studies have demonstrated that zinc supplements are effective at treating mood disorders. This may suggest that a zinc deficient state is one of the possible causes of low mood. This may relate to the fact that zinc … Continue reading

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Oxidative Stress Hypothesis

One hypothesis suggests that the development of post traumatic stress disorder is due to the presence of chronic stress. This stress likely causes high levels of circulating stress hormones and the development of inflammation. It has been suggested that the … Continue reading

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