June 12th, 2006
A group of experts will investigate whether British authorities should give fish oil capsules to school children according to The Independent. The Foods Standard Agency are at the moment conducting this investigation in order to establish what effect omega-3 fatty acids have on childrens behavior and concentration. There is a significant risk that children don't eat enough omega-3 since they rarely, or never, eat oily fish such as salmon and sardines. The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are important for proper development of the brain.
There are reports that have shown positive effects on childrens concentration and behavior in the classrooms when they have been given dietary supplements with EPA and DHA. The well-known Durham Study have reported significant improvements in reading and behavior and there is also a study from Bradford with very positive results.