Revolutionizing Nutrition: Citizen Science Leads the Way in Cognition

Patrick Holford is a renowned figure in the fields of nutrition and mental health. As an author of several books and founder and CEO of the UK charity Food for the Brain, he is committed to spreading awareness about the significance of nutrition for brain health. Over the past few decades, he has been researching the impact of diet on intelligence and has been a vocal advocate for a high-fat, vitamin-rich, and mineral-rich diet.

Holford is concerned about the decline in IQ scores over time and attributes it to diets that are high in complex carbs and sugar. He emphasizes that mental health problems are a critical issue that must be addressed urgently. Many conditions such as depression, autism, ADHD, dementia, and children’s mental health problems are on the rise.

In response to these challenges, Food for the Brain is using at-home blood spot tests and digital cognitive health questionnaires to analyze the nutrition and cognition status of thousands of participants. The charity provides nutrition advice to participants and aims to build a significant database to support its cause. Through these efforts, Food for the Brain hopes to bring about a shift in perceptions around mental and cognitive health.

To learn more about Patrick Holford’s work and Food for the Brain’s mission, you can listen to Nikki Hancocks’ podcast with NutraIngredients Europe Editor for comprehensive details.

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