Prison fish oil trial to begin – Fishupdate.com

Prison fish oil trial to begin Published:  29 January, 2008

A MAJOR trial is to be launched to see whether giving young offenders nutritional supplements reduces anti-social behaviour in prison.

Its authors believe this could prove a seminal piece of research with major implications for the criminal justice system, BBC News reports.

Young offenders, including murderers, in three institutions in the UK are to be given a cocktail of vitamins, minerals and “essential fatty acids” on top of their normal prison diet.

Their behaviour will be compared with others who are given a placebo.

Researchers, funded by the Wellcome Trust, have high hopes for the million pound trial on 1,000 volunteers – the largest of its kind – after a much smaller study found that supplements had a favourable impact on levels of violence and ill-discipline in one institution in Aylesbury.

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