Patrick Holford is a prominent figure in the fields of nutrition and mental health, with a passion for spreading awareness about the importance of nutrition for brain health. As the author of several books and founder and CEO of UK charity Food for the Brain, he has been advocating for high-fat, essential vitamin, and mineral diets since the 1970s.
Holford has highlighted the decline in IQ scores over the years and attributed it to diets high in complex carbs and sugar. He emphasizes that mental health problems are a pressing issue that requires urgent attention. According to reports, mental health conditions such as depression, autism, ADHD, and dementia are on the rise. The increase in children’s mental health problems is particularly alarming.
In response to these issues, Holford’s charity Food for the Brain has launched an initiative using at-home blood spot tests and digital cognitive health questionnaires to analyze participants’ nutrition and cognition status. The charity provides nutrition advice to participants and is building a substantial databank to support its cause. Through these efforts, Food for the Brain aims to bring about a widespread shift in perceptions around mental and cognitive health.