Patrick Holford is a prominent figure in the fields of nutrition and mental health, with a wealth of experience as an author and founder of the UK charity Food for the Brain. With a passion for spreading awareness about the importance of nutrition for brain health, he has been advocating for a high-fat, vitamin-rich diet since the 1970s.
In recent years, Holford has become increasingly concerned about the decline in IQ scores and the rise in mental health problems such as depression, autism, ADHD, and dementia. He believes that these issues are linked to diets high in complex carbs and sugar, which can lead to inflammation and other health problems.
To address these concerns, Food for the Brain is taking a proactive approach by 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 those who participate and is building a substantial databank to support its cause. Through these efforts, Food for the Brain aims to bring about a shift in perceptions around mental and cognitive health on a wider scale.
If you’re interested in learning more about Patrick Holford’s work and Food for the Brain’s mission, you can listen to Nikki Hancocks from NutraIngredients Europe Editor podcast where he discusses his views in detail.