Patrick Holford is a prominent figure in the field of nutrition and mental health. As an author of several books and founder of the British charity Food for the Brain, he has been dedicated to spreading awareness about the significance of nutrition in maintaining brain health.
Throughout his career, Holford has been an advocate of a diet rich in fat, essential vitamins, and minerals. He believes that a diet high in complex carbohydrates and sugar can lead to a decline in IQ over time. He points out that mental health issues are a critical concern as they are reported to be one of the most expensive and urgent health problems. Conditions such as depression, autism, ADHD, and dementia are on the rise, with an alarming increase among children.
To address these concerns, Food for the Brain uses at-home blood tests and digital cognitive health questionnaires to analyze the nutritional status and cognitive abilities of thousands of participants. The charity provides nutrition advice to participants and is building up a significant data bank to support its cause. Through these efforts, Food for the Brain hopes to create widespread change in perceptions about mental and cognitive health.
If you would like more information about Patrick Holford’s work or the Food for the Brain mission, you can listen to our podcast with NutraIngredients Europe editor Nikki Hancocks for all the details.