University of Gothenberg researchers conducted a trial of Equazen on 154 children who were split into two groups. Having previously been shown to be as effective as Ritalin in children with behavioural problems, the capsules a range of fatty acids. Half received three of the pills, which cost just 13p each, of the powerful fish oil tablet, while the rest were given a placebo. A series of computerised reading tests were then conducted to measure the ability of the youngsters.
Those given Equazen showed a 64 per cent improvement in their overall comprehension. While they were five times quicker at decoding jumbled up words, the study showed.