Author Archives: Robert Barrington

About Robert Barrington

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

Is Caffeine Really A Flavour Enhancer?

Soft drink consumption has been shown to be a cause of insulin resistance and weight gain. This relates to the high sugar (sucrose) content of most soft drinks. Caffeine is also added to soft drinks (approximately 70 % in the … Continue reading

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Lavender Oil Reduces Anxiety

Lavender oil has a number of health effects, particularly a relaxing and calmative action. The calming effect of lavender oil has been attributed to phytochemicals within the essential oil. Lavender oil is used in aromatherapy, and in this capacity, the … Continue reading

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The Pharmacology of Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is a description of a group of plants that belong to the lavendula genus of flowering plants. Lavender is used therapeutically as a mood stabiliser, and in this regard perhaps the most common specie of lavender for this use … Continue reading

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Lavender Essential Oil for Anxiety

Lavender is the common name for a group of plants belonging to the Lamiaceae (mint) family of plants. Like many mint plants, lavender is associated with an essential oil that gives a distinctive aroma. Lavender is a plant associated with … Continue reading

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Aromatherapy for Mood Disorders?

Aromatherapy is the use of the aromas of the essential oils from plants, along with massage, to cause physiological changes. For example, aromatherapy oils have been shown to cause relaxation or stimulation of humans and animals. This likely relates to … Continue reading

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Tea Versus Coffee

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More Evidence That Antidepressants are Antioxidants

Although antidepressant drugs are widely prescribed for the treatment of anxiety and depression, it is not fully understood how they work. Medical literature suggests that modern antidepressants work by increasing levels of serotonin, noradrenaline or dopamine in the brain. This … Continue reading

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Antioxidants as Therapy for Low Mood

Exposure to stress is a primary factor in the development of mood disorders. Stress is able to cause mood disorders because one of the downstream effects of the presence of high levels of stress hormones is the production of inflammation … Continue reading

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Does Caffeine Consumption Cause Anxiety?

It is often reported that tea and coffee are able to trigger anxious symptoms in certain people. However, this anecdotal evidence is not supported by studies that have investigated the effects of caffeine, coffee and tea on the symptoms of … Continue reading

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