New research suggests giving teenagers nutritional supplements may improve their in school behavior.
Almost 200 youth between the ages of 13 and 16 were given a multivitamin/mineral tablet and an Omega 3 supplement daily for over 12 weeks. Changes in blood levels of Omega-3 and the vitamins and minerals, which were low at baseline, were tracked.
Supplementation significantly improved Omega-3 and 6 levels in addition to Vitamin C, Vitamin D and folate levels. Behavioral changes were measured using disciplinary records from the youth’s school as well as teacher ratings using the Conners’ disruptive behavior scale.
The active supplementation group showed improvements while the placebo group worsened. However both groups showed an increase in school disciplinary infringements during the academic term. When the students were split between high and low baseline infringements groups, the low subset increased offenses but the high baseline infringement group improved after supplementation suggestion supplementation may have a protective effect against worsening behavior.
Further study has been called for to verify results.
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