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Pupils' behaviour better with fish oil
Picture: Eaton Hall Special School  pupils.
Boys at Eaton Hall Special School took part in the study
Gran always told us that eating fish was good for our brains. Now boys at a Norwich school have found out it could be true.

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 suggests.

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.

Fish oil supplements.
Pupils have been taking fish oil supplements like these

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 fatty acids.

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.

 

 

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