Aylesbury Study Information
A major piece of research comprising a two year clinical trial was run at Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution by Dr Bernard Gesch. From 1995-97, field work was conducted at the prison using food supplements as a proxy for a healthy diet. The results of the trial were startling. The prisoners who received active capsules committed 37% fewer violent offences and 26% fewer offences overall, whereas the rates of disciplinary incidents remained substantially unchanged for those receiving placebos.
This double blind, placebo-controlled, randomised trial, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry (2002) Vol. 181, pages 22-28, attracted an extremely favourable response from the academic community for the high standard of the methodology, as well as considerable press interest.