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1) Popcorn. In a 2012 study from the
2) Cinnamon. Spicing up your coffee, tea, cereal, or oatmeal with cinnamon can add more antioxidants to your day—as well as protect your heart from harmful blood fats known as triglycerides, according to a 2011 study from
3) Pistachios. Introducing pistachios into a healthy diet can increase your antioxidant levels and may enhance heart health in people with high cholesterol, a 2010 study from the Journal of Nutrition suggests.
4) Coffee. Skip the decaf—a 2011 study from the Journal of Physical Chemistry B shows that the caffeine found in coffee offers powerful antioxidant effects.
5) Eggs. In a 2011 study,
6)The cocoa in chocolate contains flavonoids, antioxidants that fight blood vessel damage and prevent blood clots, which may lead to stroke.
A Swedish study found that men who ate the most chocolate (2.2 oz) had a 17% lower risk of stroke than men who didn’t indulge at all or very little. While the research did not explore the type of chocolate consumed, dark chocolate contains more cocoa than milk chocolate.
Chocolate’s not your thing? Green and black tea, red wine, blueberries, strawberries and garlic are also rich in flavonoids.