Wollongong University researchers from Australia will test the provision of Omega-3 intake to see the impact on prisoners’ aggressive behavior and mental health.
Prisoners in the Nowra City prison will be asked to take part in the research conducted by Professor Barbara Meyers and Professor Mitchell Byrne.
Prisoners will be chosen based on their tendency to be aggressive, impulsive, and the level of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) associated with hyperactivity and lack of concentration.
According to Professor Meyers, the previous pilot study showed positive results but the sample was not large enough to determine the impact on aggressive behavior.
Prof. Byrne will assess the effects of fatty acids in the body on the behavior of prisoners. The prisioner have a greater attention span when participating in this research.
“There has long been evidence that Omega-3s have cardiovascular benefits and general physical health,”
“But around the last ten years research has emerged that shows Omega’s important role in cognitive function and health, including mental health and the way we process information,”
Omega-3 is involved in the cellular structure of all cells and forms cell membranes. In addition, it also supports intercellular communication by producing a faster thinking process. Another benefit of Omega-3 is that it encourages the production of neuro chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine.
Adequacy of Omega-3 in food and in cells, he said, encourages better functioning of the brain. Previous pilot studies, researchers identified a link between the amount of Omega-3 in a person’s blood with aggressive symptoms and ADHD
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About 600 prisoners who will take part in the study in the process will be given Omega-3 a or placebo at random and monitored for 16 weeks.