1. Strawberries. Don’t buy the ones that are already cut up, because nutrients like vitamin C get destroyed once they’re exposed to light and oxygen for too long.
2. Garlic. Let it sit for ten minutes after you cut it up. There’s a cancer-fighting enzyme in it called allicin that benefits from being exposed to air.
3. Black tea. Americans drink 20% more tea than they did 15 years ago. But you don’t get the full benefits of it if you add milk.
You still get the antioxidants, but it’s not as good for your heart, because proteins in the milk link up with something in the tea called “catechins”, and make them harder to absorb. (It’s pronounced “kat-uh-kins.)
4. Broccoli. You should be steaming it . . . boiling it or cooking it in the microwave kills a lot of the nutrients. The same goes for asparagus.
5. Tomatoes. They’re better for you if they’re cooked, because it’s easier for your body to absorb the lycopene, which is good for your heart. And heating them to at least 190 degrees also ups the number of antioxidants.