Food For The Brain With Patrick Holford - Alzheimer's is Preventable

podcast Nov 28, 2022
Food For The Brain With Patrick Holford

by Dr Ruth Allan | 28 November 2022

Patrick Holford joins Dr Ruth Allan on the 57th Episode of 'Brain Health: Unchaining Your Pain' and 17th Episode in series 3

Patrick Holford, BSc, DipION, FBANT, NTCRP, is a leading spokesman on nutrition and mental health and founder of both the Food for the Brain Foundation, and the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, an educational charity that offers degree accredited training in nutritional therapy

Originally trained in psychology, Patrick was involved in groundbreaking research showing that multivitamins can increase children’s IQ scores – the subject of a Horizon television documentary in the 1980s

He was one of the first promoters of the importance of zinc, essential fats, low-GL diets and homocysteine-lowering B vitamins and their importance in mental health and Alzheimer’s prevention, working closely with David Smith, Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford. He is currently directing the Alzheimer’s is Preventable campaign for Food for the Brain

Patrick is author of 46 books, translated into over 30 languages, including The Optimum Nutrition Bible, Optimum Nutrition for the Mind, Optimum, Food is Better Medicine than Drugs, the Ten Secrets of Healthy Ageing and The Hybrid Diet (co-authored with Jerome Burne)

He is a retired visiting professor at the University of Teeside and is in the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame and on the Editorial Board for the Orthomolecular News Service, and has over 40 years of research and experience in the field of nutrition

In this episode Patrick shares his wisdom on the role of Omega-3, Vitamin B12 and homocysteine in cognitive decline and what you can do to reverse it

He discusses why the brain is the final frontier in medicine, the risk factors associated with cognitive decline and the science behind the steps you can take to support and enhance your cognitive function

Patrick talks about the impact of your genes in the context of cognitive decline, the key blood tests that you need to take to understand your key risk factors and the eight steps that are within your control to support your cognitive health

I absolutely loved this episode as Patrick provided simple, practical advice, underpinned by scientific research and places the power back in the hands of the people to reverse cognitive decline

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"No one is going to save you, but you can save yourself."

"Better to light a candle than rage against the darkness."

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Listen to Episode 057 with Patrick Holford on Apple Podcasts


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Discussed in this podcast

  • 04.28 - Optimal Brain Health for Patrick Holford
  • 12.58 - Findings from brain scans of patients with Alzheimer's
  • 13.48 - The impact of Omega-3 and B12 vitamins on brain shrinkage
  • 18.43 - "The only thing that defines the requirement for a nutrient is the removal of symptoms" 
  • 19.25 - The role of DHA in the brain
  • 21.15 - Why they needed to revisit studies on omega-3 and Vitamin B12
  • 22.21 - How one third of the total risk of Alzheimer's is to do with Omega-3 and vitamin B12 levels
  • 23.45 - The importance of having your homocysteine levels checked
  • 25.30 - The official cost of dementia
  • 28.30 - The Dementia Risk Index questionnaire
  • 29.59 - The genetic risk
  • 30.49 - Organising your cognitive and overall wellbeing risk factors into eight domains (cogs) 1) B vitamins, 2) brain fats inc vitamin D, 3) Anti-oxidants and polyphenols, 4) blood sugar - low carb and glycemic load, 5) healthy gut, 6) active body, 7) active mind, 8) Sleep and stress
  • 34.20 - The need to be emotionally engaged to make changes to your lifestyle
  • 35.46 - Patrick's inspirational role models
  • 39.45 - The processes of cognitive decline
  • 48.00 - The Five Pillars of Brain Health: the craziest thing Patrick has ever done
  • 56.20 - What needs to change nationally to help reverse Alzheimer's disease
  • 59.30 - The need to shift away from double blind placebo controlled trials for multi-factorial effects. "No one is going to save you, but you can save yourself and you're not alone."
  • 1.00.45 - Patrick's one piece of advice for anyone struggling with cognitive decline.  "Better to light a candle than rage against the darkness." The impact of nutrition on cognition and emotional stability

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