Patrick Holford is a leading advocate for nutrition and mental health, with a passion for promoting brain health through better nutrition. As the founder and CEO of UK charity Food for the Brain, he has been at the forefront of this movement since the 1970s.
Holford has raised awareness about declining IQ scores worldwide, attributing this trend to diets high in complex carbs and sugar. He believes that a diet high in fats and essential vitamins and minerals is the key to reversing this decline.
Mental health problems are now considered the number one most expensive and pressing health issue by government reports, with an increase in depression, autism, ADHD, and dementia as evidence of this alarming trend. A 7% decrease in IQ per generation since the 1970s indicates a significant problem that needs to be addressed urgently.
One of Holford’s major concerns is the prevalence of mental health issues among children. In some parts of the UK, 50% of women are on antidepressants, highlighting the scale of the issue. Despite this dire situation, Holford remains determined to bring attention to this issue through Food for the Brain and make as much noise as possible.
To support its cause, Food for the Brain uses at-home blood spot tests and digital cognitive health questionnaires to assess the nutrition and cognition status of thousands of participants. By providing nutrition advice and building a substantial databank, the charity aims to catalyze a widespread shift in perceptions around mental and cognitive health. For more information on this mission, tune into Nikki Hancocks’ podcast with NutraIngredients Europe Editor on Food for the Brain’s website.