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Drink Greek Coffee, Live Long

By on March 24, 2013
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Countless research studies have advocated drinking coffee to receive health benefits but now a new study suggests that Greek coffee may be the key to living a  longer life. Researchers investigating cardiovascular health say a cup of boiled Greek coffee may be why the inhabitants of Ikaria, a Greek island, live to age 90 and  older.

Dr. Gerasimos Siasos of the University of Athens Medical School said only 0.1  percent of Europeans live to be age 90 and older, yet on the Greek island of  Ikaria, the figure was 1 percent — one of the highest longevity rates anywhere. And just as important, the islanders tend to live out their longer lives in good  health, Siasos said.

The researchers checked for high blood pressure, diabetes and other medical  conditions and questioned them on their health, lifestyles and coffee drinking.  They also checked the participants’ endothelial function. The endothelium is a  layer of cells that lines blood vessels, which is affected both by aging and by  lifestyle habits such as smoking.

The researchers investigated all types of coffee taken by participants — but  87% consumed boiled, Greek coffee daily. From a sample of 673 Ikarians age 65 and older who lived on the island  permanently, the researchers randomly selected 71 men and 71 women to take part  in the study.

The study, published in Vascular Medicine, found those consuming mainly  boiled Greek coffee had better endothelial function than those who consumed  other types of coffee.

“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,” Siasos said.

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