Oxidants, more commonly known as free radicals, are a by-product of the use of oxygen in our bodies. They are also internalized when we smoke, breathe polluted air, or spend too much time in the sun.
These free radicals are notorious for causing damage to cell walls and generally lowering health all over the body, including the arteries. Eating food rich in antioxidants helps because these substances bind with the free radicals and stop them from doing damage.
Where to get it:
Turmeric is the aromatic spice that gives curry its distinctive taste and color. It is also an antioxidant powerhouse that can repair damage to your arterial walls and reduce inflammation all over the body. Eat more curry, make turmeric tea, or take a capsule supplement.
Citrus fruits are high in both antioxidants and vitamin C, which plays a key role in heart health. Aim to eat at least a piece or two of citrus fruit each day, or sip on lemon water throughout the day.
Though not technically a citrus fruit, pomegranate is particularly high is antioxidants and has been found to clear out clogged arteries and improve blood flow in the process. We don’t normally recommend fruit juice over whole fruit, but pomegranate juice is a good choice as long as there is no added sugar.