Patrick Holford is a renowned figure in the fields of nutrition and mental health. As the author of numerous books and founder and CEO of the UK charity Food for the Brain, he is dedicated to spreading awareness about the importance of nutrition for brain health.
Throughout his career, Holford has been a vocal advocate for a diet that is high in fats, essential vitamins, and minerals. He has been researching the impact of diet on intelligence since the 1970s and has highlighted the decline in IQ scores over the years as being caused by diets high in complex carbs and sugar.
Mental health problems are becoming increasingly prevalent, with conditions such as depression, autism, ADHD, and dementia on the rise. This issue is particularly concerning among children, with an increase in their mental health problems being reported. In response to these concerns, Food for the Brain is using at-home blood spot tests and digital cognitive health questionnaires to analyze the nutrition and cognition status of thousands of participants. The charity provides nutrition advice to these participants and is building a substantial databank to support its cause.
Food for the Brain aims to bring about a shift in perceptions around mental and cognitive health through its efforts. By providing evidence-based information on nutrition and its impact on brain function, the charity hopes to help people take charge of their own mental wellbeing. To learn more about Patrick Holford’s work with Food for the Brain, you can listen to a podcast with NutraIngredients Europe Editor Nikki Hancocks for full details.