Women who are undergoing the menopause should continue to take supplements, an expert has said.
Dr Marilyn Glenville is a nutritionist who specialises in women's health and she stated that during the menopause these extra nutrients will provide the body with the materials it needs to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Dietary aids can also be of benefit during stages of hormonal upheaval such as pre-menstrual stress or pregnancy, said the doctor.
Furthermore, supplements can provide wider health benefits, added Dr Glenville.
Bone and heart complications in later life can be minimised by an increased intake of nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, antioxidants and fish oils, she explained.
Dr Glenville was speaking after research in Archives of Internal Medicine associated an increased risk of death in older women with nutritional supplements.
The nutritionist was sceptical of the report and said supplements remain important to women's health.