These days, taking vitamin supplements is more important than ever. Aside from helping us compensate for the loss of certain nutrients, a recent study on Science Daily reveals that regularly taking supplements may also lower the risk of death among older women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.

Researchers led by Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D., of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University followed 7,728 women who have been diagnosed with the condition and found that 38 percent of them took supplements during the course of their illness, while most were already doing so even before their diagnosis. Those who regularly took their vitamin supplements were 30 percent less likely to die as compared with those who didn't, even when factors such as weight, race, mental health, and alcohol use were taken into account.

More research is needed to prove causality. However, experts recommend older women to visit their doctors and ask which vitamin supplements may help them stay healthy.

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