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Lack of Omega-3 Leads to Violence?

John on April 2, 2008 at 4:35 pm

I’ve written about this before in relation to childhood development. Now it seems even more evidence for the importance of fish oil in one’s diet is coming in:

In May this year, one thousand young offenders in three UK prisons will be randomly given either placebos or a food supplement containing more than 30 vitamins and minerals, along with three fish oil capsules. It’s part of a 12 month study by Oxford University to find out if these supplements make any difference to the prisoners’ behaviour. The project follows an earlier study by the same researchers published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in 2002 that found that violent incidents in prison were cut by more than a third among inmates taking these supplements.

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“So far the data for fish oil is stronger than the data for vitamins and minerals – but it’s still not as strong as the evidence suggesting a link between omega-3 fats and depression,” he says.

I did in fact buy fish oil supplements for my family. My youngest daughter is the best about taking them, but we all do at least once a week. Now I intend to redouble my efforts. Fish oil for everyone!

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