Pupils May Get a Dose of Fish Oil

Birmingham Post

06-13-06

Schoolchildren could be given daily doses of fish oil supplements in an attempt to improve their behaviour and concentration in the classroom.

Ministers are awaiting the results of a major review by the Food Standards Agency Review into the effects of Omega-3 on children's behaviour, according to reports.

If, as some scientists believe, it is shown to have a beneficial impact, Ministers are prepared to consider giving children daily doses in liquid or capsule form.

Education Secretary Alan Johnson explained: "The Food Standards Agency is conducting a systematic review of research looking at the effect of nutrition and diet on performance and behaviour of children in schools.

"This includes investigating studies that have used Omega-3 and - 6 fish oil supplements in schools. The Government is committed to ensuring that children are provided with the healthy food and nutrients they require during the school day, not just to aid their physical health, but to ensure they can study hard and behave well."

Scientists are divided on the merits of Omega-3. Studies suggested it can lead to improved results in classroom but some experts have questioned its medical benefits.