Published March 19, 2013
Many studies have advocated drinking coffee to receive numerous health benefits – and now a new study suggests that Greek coffee may be the key to living a longer life.
Researchers from the University of Athens Medical School in Greece analyzed the link between Greek coffee and its potential benefits on cardiovascular health and found those who drank boiled Greek coffee had significantly better heart function, Counsel & Heal reported.
According to the study, only 0.1 percent of Europeans live past the age of 90. However, on an island off the coast of Greece called Ikaria, the number of people living past the age of 89 is 10 times higher than the rest of the European population. The Athens Medical School researchers were curious to understand if the islanders’ coffee consumption played a role.
The study involved 71 men and 71 women, all over the age of 65. Researchers performed medical checks and gave the participants health questionnaires about their medical history, lifestyle and coffee drinking habits.
Specifically looking at the individuals’ endothelial function – relating to the layer of cells lining blood vessel – the scientists found those who drank boiled Greek coffee had much better endothelial health.
“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," lead researcher Gerasimos Siasos, a medical doctor and professor at the University of Athens Medical school, said in a statement.