... but dieticians say most of us can get all the nutrients we need from eating a balanced diet, and large doses of some vitamins can be harmful.
It is something of a mystery how Hilary Swank has managed to find the time to forge a Hollywood career and win two Oscars, not to mention fitting in the more everyday business of popping out to the shops or taking her dog for a walk, given the amount of time she must devote to her extensive pill-taking regime.
In a recent cover interview with American style bible, W magazine, the actor breathily regaled the journalist (who was possibly wondering how you steer a Hollywood heavyweight away from the subject of capsules and onto more meaty tell-all celebrity interview fodder) with the finer details of all the brilliant nutritional supplements she relies upon.
"This is my Aloe C," she began (Aloe C, as the name suggests, is a combination of Aloe Vera and vitamin C). "Here's my flax. This one's for my immune system. And this one is my BrainWave." BrainWave is designed to enhance mental function through a balance of "smart nutrients". It hasn't been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration in the US, but Swank is already convinced. "It's great, like if I have a lot of lines to memorise." Or a lot of pills to memorise, since she continues to rattle off a list of the 45 supplements she takes every day.
Source - Guardian