Patrick Holford is a renowned researcher, advocate, and author who has been advocating for better nutrition and mental health since the 1970s. He is also the CEO and founder of the UK-based charity Food for the Brain, which focuses on improving brain health through dietary changes.
Holford has been highlighting the increase in mental health problems such as depression, autism, ADHD, and dementia over the years. He believes that a decline in IQ scores per generation could be linked to these issues. He strongly believes that something is seriously wrong with our current approach to mental health and argues that it’s not being addressed sufficiently.
Food for the Brain uses at-home blood spot tests and digital cognitive health questionnaires to analyze nutritional status and cognitive function of thousands of participants. The charity provides personalized nutrition advice based on this data, which is then used to build a databank supporting its cause. The ultimate goal is to catalyze a widespread shift in attitudes towards mental and cognitive health by providing evidence-based nutrition advice to people worldwide. You can learn more about this initiative by listening to Nikki Hancocks’ podcast with NutraIngredients Europe Editor on Food for the Brain’s website.