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Can fish oil supplements improve GCSE results?

12 September 2006

Durham education chiefs are to provide more than 5,000 teenagers with daily omega-3 fish oil supplements and then measure the impact on their GCSE results next year.


"My view is that if there is demonstrable malnutrition in a community, then supplementation will probably improve attention and ability to make the most of educational opportunities, but the evidence is unconvincing that single unit supplements will have much effect," says Professor David Skuse [UCL Institute of Child Health]. "I think they would spend their money more wisely improving general nutrition through Jamie Oliver-style changes to school meals and cutting consumption of junk foods." …

Tim Radford, 'The Guardian'