Durham Research
Using Fatty Acids for Learning Conditions


Secondary School Results

In March 2006 we announced the positive results of this study:

Pre-trial assessment of the group of students, then aged 12 to 15 years, showed that 94% had moderate-severe ratings for Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), 94% had the same Inattention Scale rating and 89% were rated as having severe impulsivity.

After taking the blended oil supplement for just three months, there were significant improvements in all areas of behaviour and concentration: severe ADHD reduced to 28% as did severe impulsivity, and severe inattention fell to just 17% of the cases.

Dr Madeleine Portwood commented that €œthese trials were undertaken with a group of potentially vulnerable students with persistent behavioural difficulties and who were at risk of exclusion. By taking the fatty acid supplement, those aspects of their behaviour which put them at risk of exclusion improved dramatically.

€œWith permanent school exclusions nationally having risen by 19% in since 1999/2000 - 68% of them among the 12-14 year old age group - this recent trial suggests a clear route to improvement.€�

The pupils were very positive about the intervention and were delighted to be given the opportunity in promoting their school.

Additional information on ADHD in education can be found at The Durham County Council website as well as further information on nutrition.

Mr J Clare can be contacted by e-mail. School website.