Author Archives: Robert Barrington

About Robert Barrington

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

Metabolic Syndrome and Depression

Depression in humans and animals is associated with significant metabolic changes including increased oxidative stress, inflammation and the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Such metabolic changes are commonly found together in sufferers of metabolic syndrome, a … Continue reading

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Can Vitamin C Suppress Cortisol Levels?

There is evidence that vitamin C is able to suppress blood levels of cortisol in humans. In one study a group of researchers administered synthetic corticotropin (a hormone that causes the release of cortisol) to a group of children as … Continue reading

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Sleep Deprivation and Interleukin 6

Sleep is a restorative process that plays a significant role in maintaining the homeostatic functions of the body. The immune system is particularly affected by sleep, and during periods of sleep there are changes to certain aspects of immunity. For … Continue reading

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L-Carnitine Absorption and Metabolism 

L-carnitine is a nutrient factor synthesised by mammals and found mainly in muscle, kidney, liver and brain tissue. The total L-carnitine pool in mammals including humans is made up of L-carnitine as well as acylcarnitine esters of which acetyl-L-carnitine is … Continue reading

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Vitamin C and Vitamin E Synergism

Vitamin C and vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols) are important antioxidants in human nutrition. Studies show that both antioxidants are essential to health and both play a similar although distinct role in protecting cells from the damage caused by free … Continue reading

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Acetyl-L-Carnitine to Restore L-Carnitine Levels

L-carnitine is a nutrient substance that is involved in the metabolism of lipids. L-carnitine plays a pivotal role in transporting fatty acids into the mitochondria where they are oxidised for energy production. L-carnitine may play a role in general lipid … Continue reading

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Acetyl-L-Carnitine to Treat Depression in the Elderly

Acetyl-L-carnitine may be a useful treatment for mood disorders including depression. The exact reason for this is not known but it is thought that the nutrient acts to stabilise brain function by conferring neuroprotection from the disruptive influence of chronic … Continue reading

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Acetyl-L-Carnitine Against Depression

Acetyl-L-carnitine is a derivative of the nutrient factor L-carnitine. Evidence suggests that acetyl-L-carnitine is able to significantly affect brain behaviour through changes in energy metabolism and its neuroprotective effects. In one double-blind placebo controlled trial involving human subjects, researchers administered … Continue reading

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Acetyl-L-Carnitine To Treat Anxiety

Acetyl-L-carnitine is a derivative of the nutrient L-carnitine. L-Carnitine is synthesised by animals and is found mainly in muscle tissue. Acetyl-L-carnitine has been shown to possess specific effects on the brain because it may improve brain energy metabolism and may … Continue reading

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Dairy and Protein: Basic Weight Loss Foods

Many people overcomplicate weight loss and this can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to succeed. Weight loss, actually fat loss, is simply a process by which the body’s ability to catabolise fat is encouraged. There are a … Continue reading

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