BLACK BEANS Few foods supply as much magnesium as black beans, and adults who don't get enough of the mineral in their diets are about twice as likely to have high levels of CRP, according to a study by the Medical University of South Carolina. A cup of canned beans delivers 120 of the 320 milligrams of magnesium you need daily.
DRIED CHERRIES Tart or sweet, they're loaded with anthocyanins, antioxidants that help neutralize the enzymes that cause plaque to break apart. "Fresh cherries do the same thing, but dried ones are more versatile and are available year-round," says Gutterson. Mix a tablespoon or two into cereal, wild rice, salads, muffin batter, or yogurt.