Celebrity superfood secrets: who is eating what and why

Celebrities currently swear by superfoods, chefs are cooking with them and food writers are featuring them in their recipes. Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a fan of chlorella, Victoria Beckham hails the benefits of bee pollen, and Miranda Kerr makes sure she includes chia seeds in her home-made muffins and snacks on dark chocolate... We take a look at 10 superfoods, the celebrities who are eating them and why.


What? Chlorella
This is an entirely natural and balanced, single-celled, green algae, rich in amino acids and antioxidants.

Who? Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has divulged that her secret health weapon is chlorella. The Japanese wholefood has been hailed the new crème de la mer without the eye-watering price tag. Rosie, who often follows a strict health regime of organic foods, homemade smoothies and soups, adds chlorella powder to her cucumber, kale and parsley juice and says it's "delicious" and "a great way to start the day."

Why is it good for you?
Shona Wilkinson, Head Nutritionist at nutricentre.com, says: "Chlorella helps to improve circulation as well as skin firmness. It is also thought to help with decreasing cellulite on your skin and make it more elastic - this is due to the toxin removal properties and the ability to remove fat deposits from the skin." Try Nature's Plus Green Lightning Powder Packets, £29.99.

What? Bee Pollen
Bee pollen is widely hailed one of nature's most complete nourishing superfoods as it contains nearly all of the nutrients required to function by humans, including amino acids, B-complex, and folic acid.

Who? Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham keeps herself looking youthful and healthy with the help of vitamins, minerals and tablets, as well as bee pollen. She shared her health trick with fans, tweeting: "Totally obsessed with this Bee pollen! So good for you!"

Why is it good?
Nutritionist Elouise Bauskis says: "Bee pollen can help increase energy due to the high B vitamin content. Bee pollen also includes large amounts of Rutin, an antioxidant that helps strengthen capillaries and blood vessels which can in turn supports the cardiovascular system." Try Nature’s Plus Propolplus Softgels, £14.49

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What? Spinach
Who? Rita Ora
Singer and X Factor Judge Rita Ora swears by spinach, tweeting a picture of green leaves with the message: "Eat it then Popeye." When at home, her mum always cooks her favourite dish - Albanian spinach pie.

Why is it good for you?
Nutritionist Cassandra Barns explains: "Spinach is packed with iron, which has many vital functions in the body. The most obvious one is that it's used to make hemoglobin inside our red blood cells, which carries oxygen around the body. It also has a direct role in energy metabolism, meaning the production of energy inside our cells. These are two reasons why we feel tired when we're low in iron. Iron is also important for DNA synthesis and cell division - meaning it's necessary for growth and repair, reproduction and immunity too."

Try... If you are not a big fun of spinach, keep your iron levels steady by taking Synergistic Iron by Quest Vitamins (£10.65 for 90 tablets, revital.co.uk).

What? Chia Seeds
Who? Miranda Kerr

Miranda has shared one of her favourite healthy recipes with fans: "I make my own superfood smoothie with maca powder, acai powder, spirulina, cacao powder, coconut oil and chia seeds, which is alkalising and nutrient dense." She also adds chia seeds to her homemade muffins: "I live by the philosophy of 80/20…meaning I eat healthily 80 per cent of the time and indulge 20 per cent of the time. For an everyday treat, I cook gluten-free muffins with blueberries and chia seeds."

Why is it good for you?
Nutritional Therapist Lorna Driver-Davies explains, "Chia seeds come from a flowering plant belonging to the mint family, which is native to South America. It was a staple food for these ancient cultures that also used it for athletic endurance due to its ability to provide varied vitamins, minerals and plant proteins. They have also been found to support hydration and electrolyte balance, which may be helpful for those who are busy and active. Research has shown that chia seeds have more omega 3 fatty acid than any other plant making them a good alternative food for those who do not eat fish. They are also rich in fibre and therefore create a good feeling of fullness and slow the emptying of the stomach making then helpful for promoting a healthy appetite (meaning not wanting to over-eat) and general weight maintenance."

Try... Linwood’s Milled Chia Seed, £5.99 nutricentre.com

Chia seeds pudding

What? Coconut Water
Who? Madonna

Along with Demi Moore and Matthew McConaughey, Madonna has actually invested her money in a company that makes coconut water.

Why is it good for you?
Nutritionist Cassandra Barns says: "Coconut water is low in calories and sugar compared to fruit juices. It has a lovely natural sweet taste. Coconut water can be better for hydration than water alone because it’s naturally ‘isotonic’, meaning it has a similar concentration of salts and sugars to the human body; the salts in particular help our body to retain the fluid it needs and help the fluid to get into our cells. Coconut water also contains small amounts of many vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, magnesium, calcium and manganese."

Try... Chi Coconut Water, £3.49.

What? Avocado
Who? Gwyneth Paltrow

Mum-of-two, actress and health guru Gwyneth is the one to trust when it comes to healthy lifestyle choices. In her cookbook, It’s All Good, she compares a toast and avocado combo to a favourite pair of jeans "so reliable and easy and always just what you want."

Why is it good for you?
Dr Marilyn Glenville, nutritionist at marilynglenville.com, explains: "Avocado is a great source of Vitamin E, essential to maintain general health. It is also known as ‘youth vitamin’ with its anti-aging properties. It contains 70% monosaturated fats, which help reduce cholesterol absorption and support heart condition. One of the highlights of avocadoes is their potassium content: one avocado can contain as much as 1000 mg of potassium – several times the amount contained in a banana. Potassium is vital for maintaining a healthy blood pressure, and for nerve and muscle function. They are also good sources of magnesium, copper, vitamin C and several B vitamins. High level of dietary fibre help to control blood sugar levels and will keep you fuller for longer."

Try... If Avocado doesn’t appeal to you, get your Vitamin E dose from a good quality supplement, such as Vitamin E by Quest Vitamins, £8.29, revital.co.uk.

What? Almond butter
Who? Rihanna

Recently, Rihanna's fitness guru Harley Pasternak, who has also worked with Lady Gaga, Megan Fox and Kim Kardashian, revealed, "A typical breakfast would be almond butter on toast with fruit, and through the day she'll have small meals like quinoa with fruit and veg, a Greek yoghurt and some nuts to keep hunger at bay".

Why is it good for you?
Dr Marilyn Glenville says says: "Almond butter is not only high in protein but also packed with vitamin E and magnesium. Protein takes longer to digest making almond butter a steady source of energy. Magnesium supports your nervous system and boosts production of ‘happy hormone’, serotonin."

Try... Worried about calories? Increase your Magnesium levels by taking Nature’s Plus Dyno-Mins Magnesium.

What? Eggs
Who? Jennifer Aniston
Jen swears by Pilates and a healthy diet. Recently, she shared a picture of her breakfast on Instagram, with delicious-looking toast topped with a poached egg and a side of tomatoes and sliced avocado.

Why is it good for you?
Dr Marilyn Glenville explains: "Eggs should be considered a 'superfood' because they can boost health and fight obesity. Research has shown that leucine, one the essential amino acids found in eggs, can help with weight loss by stabilising blood sugar levels and encouraging the body to shed fat. They are also a perfect protein source that - eaten in the morning -will make you feel less hungry throughout the day. They are also packed with vitamin D, vitamin B12, selenium and choline."

What? Mushrooms
Who? Katy Perry

To shed those extra pounds and get red-carpet ready, Katy has been known to follow the 'M diet', where she swapped one meal a day for mushrooms.

Why are they good for you?
Shona Wilkinson explains: "Mushrooms are not only low in calories but also extremely rich in protein, which keeps us fuller for longer. In addition, they are an excellent source of B Vitamins, Iron and Zinc, essential for healthy nails, skin and hair."

Try... Mico-Rei by Hifas da Terra (Harrods, £55) with a pure, organic extract of reishi mushroom, also known as ‘Mushroom of Immortality’, which may be helpful with protecting against free radicals and conditions associated with inflammation, such as arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis and allergy.

What? Dark chocolate
Who? Miranda Kerr

Why is it good for you?
When Miranda Kerr reaches for a boost, she turns to high quality dark chocolate. Packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals (potassium, copper, magnesium, iron) to support good health, dark chocolate is also good for the heart, helping keep blood pressure relaxed.