Dietary supplements may prevent adolescent anti-social behaviour in schoolchildren

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 11:15

Dr Jonathan Tammam and his team at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, have investigated the effects of vitamin, mineral, and n-3 fatty-acid dietary supplements in the behaviour of adolescent school children. Dr Jonathan Tammam states:

"Our research adds to the growing body of evidence that nutrition can impact the cognitive health and behaviour of children, not least from underprivileged backgrounds.  These findings have implications for public health policy and are useful in working towards the aim of understanding how improvements in dietary intake can benefit the health and lives of individuals and society."

In this particular study Tammam and his team administered a treatment of dietary supplements containing vitamins, minerals, and omega 3 oils, or a placebo to school children aged between 13-16 years old. Over the course of 12 weeks (a school term), they discovered differences in disruptive behaviour between treatment vs placebo groups . They conclude that supplementary nutrition may protect against worsening anti-social behaviour.

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