Eating foods like apples and blackberries may help lower your chances of developing frailty. Frailty is generally characterised by issues like reduced muscle strength and fatigue. Now, new research suggests plant-based foods that contain dietary compounds called flavonols could potentially be linked to a decreased likelihood of the condition.
Flavonoids called quercetin, which is found in apples and blackberries, may be the most important for frailty prevention. Researchers found that for every 10 mg higher intake of flavonols per day – about one medium-sized apple – the odds of frailty were reduced by 20%.
Current dietary recommendations for frailty prevention primarily focus on protein intake. But the researchers say there are many other foods that may have health benefits. The study authors say: “There may be some validity to the old saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor (or frailty) away. Our findings suggest that for every 10 mg higher intake of flavonols per day, the odds of frailty were reduced by 20%.”