Author Archives: Robert Barrington

About Robert Barrington

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

Blackberry Anthocyanins and Tooth Health

Blackberries are a rich source of polyphenols. In particular, blackberries contain high amounts of the flavonoid subgroup of polyphenols and of these anthocyanins make up a large majority. Anthocyanins are known to be bioavailable in humans and may confer significant … Continue reading

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Fluoride Versus Herbal Toothpaste

It has been claimed for many years that fluoride is beneficial to the teeth because it is able to strengthen the enamel and make them more resistant to decay. This statement is disingenuous because there is little evidence that applied … Continue reading

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Eugenol: Therapeutic Effects

Eugenol is one of the active components of the spice clove. Clove has a long history of use as a dental preparation because it has both analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. Clove is one of the richest plant sources of phenolic … Continue reading

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Cloves as a Spice

Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) is a highly important commercial spice that also has significant medicinal effects. The antioxidant effects of cloves not only impart excellent flavour qualities on certain foods, but can also preserve the food constituents of which they form … Continue reading

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The Analgesic Effects of Cloves

The clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) is a tree that belongs to the Myrtaceae family of plants. The buds of the tree are used in cooking for their unique taste and these are often bought dried and referred to as cloves. The … Continue reading

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Stress Reducing Effects of Matcha Tea

Matcha tea is a variety of green tea that is grown under particular conditions. During growth the plant is shaded, and this is thought to increase the concentrations of certain beneficial biochemicals within the plant tissues. Matcha is thought to … Continue reading

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Matcha Tea

Japanese matcha tea is a form of green tea that is powdered during preparation. The tea also varies from normal green tea in that it is deliberately shaded from the sun in such a way as to alter the chemical … Continue reading

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A Spoonful of Sugar: On the Sugar Content of Honey

Honey is a food with healing properties. This is paradoxical, because honey is nearly all sugar. The sugar content of honey varies depending on the bees that have produced it, but in general honey contains a mixture of sucrose, fructose … Continue reading

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Black Tea and Depression

Black tea is one of the most commonly consumed drinks in the world. Black tea differs from green tea because the leaves are oxidised during preparation, and this changes the chemistry from that of the original green tea leaf. In … Continue reading

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Plant Based Diet: Too Little of a Good Thing

Plant based diets have been shown to have significant health benefits. Notice that the reference is to plants based diets not vegetarian diets. Eating meat can be healthy as meat contains a number of nutrients not readily available elsewhere including … Continue reading

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