Author Archives: Robert Barrington

About Robert Barrington

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

Phytochemicals in Carrots

Carrots (Daucus carota) are a rich source of antioxidant phytochemicals and play an important nutritional role because so many of them are eaten. In terms of vegetables, carrots are one of the most commonly eaten root vegetables alongside potatoes, turnips … Continue reading

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Anthocyanin Content of Foods

Anthocyanins belong to the flavonoid group of phytochemicals, which in turn belong to the polyphenol group. Anthocyanins are found in many commonly eaten fruits and vegetables, and are often responsible for the red, blue and purple colouration of plant foods. … Continue reading

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How Long Does It Take For Diet to be a Problem?

Eating a healthy diet can cause significant improvements in health and a huge volume of research supports this contention. However, the time period in which improvements can be seen are often slow and in some cases may take months or … Continue reading

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Curcumin and Inflammation

Plants provide a plethora of chemicals that have nutritional value in humans and animals when they are incorporated into the diet. One of the major effects seen from eating plant foods is that of a potent anti-inflammatory effect. Some phytochemicals … Continue reading

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Curcumin and Athletic Performance

Curcumin is a component of turmeric that is characterised by its distinctive yellow appearance and astringent taste. Evidence from animal and cell culture studies suggests that curcumin may decrease free and total testosterone levels and this may occur through inhibition … Continue reading

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Curcumin: Testosterone

Circumin is a component of the spice turmeric that is derived from the Curcuma longa plant. Curcumin has been researched for its various healthy effects that may stem from the ability of the compound to act as an antioxidant and … Continue reading

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Magnesium and Testosterone

Magnesium is an important macromineral that is required in gram amounts. Magnesium is essential because it is an important cation in the body and is required as a cofactor by a number of enzymes. Some evidence supports a role for … Continue reading

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Magnesium for Pain Relief

Magnesium is an essential cation that is needed in the human diet in gram amounts. The typical Western diet is deficient in magnesium and this creates an imbalance between the calcium intake and the magnesium intake of people choosing this … Continue reading

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Berries, Jam and Health

A large body of research suggests that fruit berries have significant positive health effects. In particular, the antioxidants and fibre in berries may play a role in preventing disease. Some evidence also supports the health effects of berry sugars, particularly … Continue reading

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Antioxidants in Red Cabbage: Anthocyanins

Anthocyanins are flavonoid phytochemicals that belong to the large group called polyphenols. Anthocyanins have been extensively researched for their health effects in humans and animals. One of the main chemical properties of anthocyanins is their ability to quench free radical … Continue reading

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