Certain areas of women's nutrition are lacking, it has been claimed.
A recently published review entitled Women's diet quality in the UK found that intakes of some key micronutrients remain below recommended levels.
The study, which was printed in the May issue of Nutrition Bulletin, said that intakes of iron, vitamin D, calcium and folate were poor.
Dr Carrie Ruxton, independent nutrition advisor to the Health Supplements Information Service, commented: "Clearly, women following a healthy balanced diet should be able to get all of their essential nutrients from food sources.
"However, many women do not eat healthy foods or have increased dietary needs, e.g. during illness, pregnancy, old age or adolescence. For these women, taking a multivitamin is a useful way of meeting nutrient requirements."
The latest statistics from the NHS Information Centre back up the findings as they revealed that in 2008 just 29 per cent of women claimed to be meeting the '5 a day' guidelines for fruit and vegetables.
Independent advice on private healthcare