Find out how we make a positive difference to healthcare through personalised nutrition and lifestyle education. Our vision is for optimum nutrition for all, throughout life, and our mission is to educate and enthuse, instilling personalised nutrition as the foundation of health for all.
Every day more evidence is emerging of the impact of nutrition (especially personalised nutrition) on health and wellbeing outcomes. Just as nutritional science moves forward, so do we.
Since our founder, Patrick Holford’s first inception of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION), we have looked towards the future of healthcare and how we can help to shape it around personalised nutrition.
We educate and transform the lives of our students to help them achieve their full potential. In turn, we hope they can go on to educate, enthuse and instill personalised nutrition as the foundation of health for all through their practice.
We are proud to be different in the world of nutrition – putting the person at the centre of our teaching.
Since we first began, so much has changed, but we continue to be at the forefront of cutting-edge nutritional education. Our ambition remains to create a workforce of nutritional therapists who can support health services achieve the best outcomes for patients, supporting them to live healthily from birth to end of life.
Our founder Patrick Holford was influenced by the works of twice Nobel Prize winner Professor Linus Pauling and Canadian psychiatrist Dr Abram Hoffer. He realised that the future of medicine, disease prevention and reversal hinged on optimum nutrition, and set up formal training for nutritional therapists at ION in 1984. The Institute has been actively engaged in training ever since, with over 2000 graduates worldwide changing the lives of countless individuals through personalised nutrition.
We are proud to be one of the first UK providers of nutritional therapy training in the UK and now the largest provider of undergraduate courses full- and part-time, with credit stacking opportunities.
Through all our activities, we promote the principles of optimum nutrition as complementary practice to medicine. We do this through;
A list of select ION team members and their functions
Our guest speakers are selected for their extensive knowledge and experience in their field, ensuring the courses are educational and stimulating.
Our team is here to help.