We all know it takes a lot of concentration to
work hard at school, and it seems that taking fish oil tablets could
help boost brain power.
The behaviour of boys at Eaton Hall Special School
in Norwich has improved after taking fish oil supplements, a study
For the study, 28 pupils swallowed the capsules
twice a day, ate a healthy diet and exercised more for six months.
Between January and June, the boys' behaviour seemed
to get better, attendance improved and more students were praised
for their performance.
Pupils have been taking fish oil supplements
It is thought to be the first time a special school
has taken part in a fish oil trial.
The school's pupils are aged between 10 and 16
and have problems which can make it hard
for them to learn.
The boys took omega 3 fish oil, which is rich in
Foods which have omega 3 include herrings, mackerel,
sardines and salmon.
People eat more processed food than our grandparents
did, which means we don't always get enough fatty acids in our diet.
In previous studies, scientists have found fish
oil can help you concentrate better and remember more things.
Lianne Quantrill, the project co-ordinator at the
school, said children were able to control their anger better as
a result of eating healthier and taking the tablets.
The trial was not a scientific study as there was
no control group to see if anything else was affecting the pupils'
behaviour at the same time.
But the results may encourage more parents to give
their children the supplements in future.