Is Greek Coffee the Secret to a Long Life?
By Anna K. Fryxell |
When it comes to enjoying a long, healthy life, we’ve come to the conclusion that the Greeks are onto something. We’ve been eating Greek yogurt like it’s no one’s business since we found out that it can help us whittle down our waistlines. And many experts agree that the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diets out there. Now, there’s another Greek item you’re going to want to add to your diet—Greek coffee.
Scientists are saying that coffee may be the reason why the elderly inhabitants of the Greek island Ikaria have one of the highest longevity rates in the world. After studying 71 men and 71 women over the age of 65, scientists found that a whopping 87 percent of them consumed boiled coffee on a daily basis.
It turns out that boiled Greek coffee has a better endothelial function than other types of coffee. The endothelium layer lines blood vessels and is influenced by aging and lifestyle habits. Past studies have suggested that drinking coffee moderately can boost endothelial health and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
"Boiled Greek type of coffee, which is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, and contains only a moderate amount of caffeine, seems to gather benefits compared to other coffee beverages," says University of Athens professor and study leader Gerasimos Siasos.
While more studies are needed to further explore the benefits of this type of coffee, it definitely makes us love our daily cup of joe even more.