Patrick Holford is an esteemed author, researcher, and advocate for nutrition and mental health. As the founder and CEO of UK charity Food for the Brain, he is leading the charge in promoting brain health through better nutrition. For decades, Holford has been raising awareness about declining IQ scores worldwide, arguing that diets high in complex carbs and sugar are to blame. He advocates for a diet rich in fats and essential vitamins and minerals to reverse this decline.
Holford emphasizes the urgent need to address mental health issues, which are now considered the number one most expensive and pressing health concern by government reports. He points to the rise in depression, autism, ADHD, and dementia as evidence of this alarming trend. According to research, there has been a 7% decrease in IQ per generation since the 1970s, indicating a significant problem that requires immediate attention.
The prevalence of mental health problems among children is a major concern for Holford. He notes that in some parts of the UK, 50% of women are on antidepressants, highlighting the scale of the issue. Despite this dire situation, Holford remains committed to bringing attention to this issue through Food for the Brain and making as much noise as possible.
To support its mission, Food for the Brain uses at-home blood spot tests and digital cognitive health questionnaires to assess participants’ nutritional status and cognitive function. By providing nutrition advice and building a substantial database of information, the charity aims to catalyze a shift in attitudes around mental and cognitive health. To learn more about Food for the Brain’s mission, listen to Nikki Hancocks’ podcast with NutraIngredients Europe Editor on NutraIngredients Europe website.