Whether we’re trying to make our hair grow stronger and faster, to minimise wrinkles, or make our stomachs flatter, many of us have likely bought vitamins to improve our appearance and bodies. Celebrities are no different, with the likes of Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston swearing by health supplements and vitamins for hair and nails.
Back in 2018, the British public spent £442 million on vitamins. This record-breaking year also saw vitamin D overtake vitamin C to become the best-selling supplement, with 2018 sales seven percent up on 2017. It’s predicted that sales will continue to rise and will reach £477 by 2023.
As health supplements are so popular among us, what is it exactly that the stars are doing to boost their bodies?
Jennifer Aniston and vitamin C
Catapulted to fame while playing Rachel Green in Friends, Aniston is often praised for her youthful appearance as she approaches 50. But, what does the actress think helps her fight off the wrinkles? In 2016, Aniston revealed in People magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful’ issue that it was taking a ‘bag of vitamins’ that helped her slow down the ageing process.
“I’ve got a healthy bag of vitamins I take three times a day, like your basic omegas and vitamin C,” the Hollywood star told People magazine. She also revealed that she partakes in regular cardio activity, keeps a balanced diet and had a simple skincare routine.
Khloe Kardashian’s 23 vitamins
Kardashian family member and avid Instagram user, Khloe Kardashian is open about her diet. In fact, she revealed that she takes a huge 23 vitamins every day! With over 85 million followers on the social network, it’s no surprise that companies have started using the model and TV personality as an influencer, and the 34-year-old is said to be a great believer in taking vitamins to improve her hair.
Gwyneth Paltrow and vitamin D3
Gwyneth Paltrow has made no secret of her vitamin D deficiency — she’s gone on record stating her ‘fab four’ vitamins include vitamin D3, fish oil and probiotics, and that she has followed the advice of Dr Frank Lipman, a health guru.
She said: “My doctors tested my vitamin D levels which turned out to be the lowest thing they had ever seen – not a good thing.”
Montel Williams and vitamin D
Although Montel Williams, actor and talk show host, is better known stateside, he is another advocate of vitamin D. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 and believes that the supplements can help with his everyday life.
“I take 100-300 mg of chlorophyll and 1000 IU of vitamin D together daily,” he said. “You can get chlorophyll by consuming leafy green vegetables, fresh green juice drinks, wheat grass or spirulina.”
Kate Middleton and vitamin B6
The Duchess of Cambridge was hailed for her beautiful appearance during her three pregnancies with princes George and Louis, and princess Charlotte. However, it was well-documented that the Duchess of Cambridge suffered from nausea during her first pregnancy. However, a source close to the princess told US Weekly that she combatted this by taking vitamin B6.
Cate Blanchett and vitamin C
The talented Australian actress, who starred in movies such as Elizabeth and Carol, was ranked among the highest-paid actresses across the globe in 2018. Speaking to Elle UK, the star revealed that vitamins helped her deal with any jet lag she suffered when she had to travel for her roles, stating that vitamin C tablets played a part in her combatting tiredness. She also commented that her best beauty tip was to find a good multi-vitamin.
Madonna and herbal supplements
Internationally recognised singer has been saying no to ageing for many years. The 60-year-old is continuing to wow fans with her shows and is planning a world tour this year. So, what does she recommend in order to keep your body looking younger? Vitamins, of course.
Her personal trainer, Nicole Winhoffer, told Allure: “She takes all-natural supplements with ginseng or Yerba Mate Tea.”
Victoria Beckham and bee pollen
Posh spice has been applauded for her flawless skin, so what’s her secret? According to an interview the former Spice Girl had with Vogue, she revealed that she swears by bee pollen. It contains 22 amino acids, 12 vitamins, and 28 minerals in each spoonful and the singer and the fashionista uses it to fight off wrinkles and fatigue.
While there’s plenty of health supplements out there, they shouldn’t be taken instead of looking after ourselves. Taken alongside a healthy, balanced diet and exercise will yield you the best results.