oil 'does help difficult children'
oils can transform the behaviour of disruptive teenagers, a study
were calmer and better able to concentrate after taking daily
supplements for three months. They were also less impulsive and
kinder towards their parents, according to the research, which
provides the clearest evidence yet of the benefit children receive
from fish oils. The
findings add to the evidence that improving children's nutritional
intake can calm their behaviour and even boost brainpower.
study: 'How fish oil unlocked my son'
The study involved 20 persistently disruptive 12 to 15
year olds at Greenfield Community Arts College, County Durham.
Nineteen were assessed as having moderate or severe attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Nineteen were also judged
to have short attention spans while 18 were highly impulsive.
By the end of the 12-week trial, the number showing symptoms of
moderate or severe ADHD had dropped to six, while only three were
severely inattentive and only six highly impulsive.
Portwood, Durham County Council's senior educational psychologist
and lead researcher on the trials, described the results as "stunning".
She said: "These trials were undertaken with a group
of potentially vulnerable students with persistent behavioural
difficulties and who were at risk of exclusion. By
taking the fatty acid supplement, those aspects of their behaviour
which put them at risk of exclusion improved dramatically."
trial led by Dr Portwood studied 65 children aged 18 to 30 months.
They were selected for the research from Governmentfunded Sure
Start children's centres due to their "challenging behaviour"
and problems with attention and concentration. At the start of
the research, almost half of the children were rated as having
'poor' or 'very poor' behaviour. But after receiving supplements,
nine out of ten of these youngsters had improved to moderate or
good ratings. Sixty-six
per cent of children at the beginning of the trial had 'poor'
or 'very poor' con-centration levels but all improved to moderate
or good after five months.
findings emerged amid a scientific row over the extent of the
health-giving properties of oily fish. Mackerel, tuna, herring
and other fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids have been thought to
reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes and some cancers. But
University of East Anglia researchers analysed 89 studies on the
subject and found little evidence to back claims of reduced death
rates. Dr Portwood said last night: "The studies looked
at the effect on the blood but we are actually looking at how
the brain is working."
this story at www.dailymail.co.uk
......28/03/06 - Diet & fitness
......By LAURA CLARK