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Eating an Apple a Day Can Help You Stay Strong as You Age, New Study Says

Researchers found that foods rich in flavonoids, like apples and blackberries, may reduce your risk of developing frailty, which leads to falls and bone breaks.

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Aleksandr Zubkov / GETTY IMAGES

It turns out the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” really does have some truth behind it. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, foods rich in flavonoids—like apples and blackberries—will keep you strong as you age.

According to the researchers, approximately 10 to 15 percent of older adults experience frailty, a condition that leads to a greater risk of falls, fractures, disability, hospitalization, and mortality. While current dietary recommendations for preventing frailty focus primarily on protein intake, there are other foods that can keep the condition at bay.

To obtain their findings, the researchers utilized data from the Framingham Heart Study to determine the association between flavonoid intake

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