Offending rates by young people can be cut by 25 per cent by
giving them vitamins and mineral supplements, according to research
charity Natural Justice.
It found that giving half of 230 young offenders at Aylesbury
Young Offenders Institution pills containing essential fatty acids,
vitamins and minerals resulted in offences dropping by a quarter,
compared with the rest who took a placebo.
The 18-month study found the largest cut was for serious
offences, including violence, which fell by nearly 40 per cent.
Bernard Gesch, a research scientist who led the study, said its
findings had major implications.
A Youth Justice Board spokesperson said: “We are looking at the
findings with interest.”