Drinking Greek Coffee Makes You Live Longer

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Longevity has several secrets. Inhabitants of Ikaria, a beautiful Greek island in the Aegean Sea, seem to have revealed a few, as they live an average of 90 years without showing any particular health problems. According to a recent study conducted by a team of Greek scientists at the Cardiology of Hippocratic Hospital in Athens, Greek coffee seems to help!

Ikarians are internationally famous for their long life expectancy. While only 0.1 percent of Europeans live more than 90 years, in Ikaria, the rate is about 1 percent, one of the largest percentages worldwide. But what makes Ikarians live longer?

Dr. Gerasimos Siasos, professor of Medical School of University of Athens, and his team published their research in the medical journal Vascular Medicine. They focused their attention on the effects of the regular consumption of Greek coffee on health of the endothelium, the layer of living cells in the lining of blood vessels. The endothelium is negatively affected by aging and other factors, like smoking. The results of the research showed that people who drank a cup of Greek coffee daily had better cardiovascular function than those who drank other types of coffee. Even in older people who had high blood pressure, drinking Greek coffee was associated with a better state of the endothelium of the arteries.

The study involved a sample of 71 men and 71 women in a total of 673 residents of Ikaria aged over 65 years. The researchers recorded the health of these 142 residents and correlated it with their dietary and other habits, including the consumption of coffee. The vast majority (87 percent) drank traditional Greek coffee daily.

Greek boiled coffee is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, but only contains a moderate amount of caffeine. So, it seems to have a protective effect on cardiovascular health and provide more benefits than other types of coffee.

A visit to the island will convince you. You will see with your own eyes how the inhabitants spend their time. You can feel the peacefulness of the island, away from the stress of the big cities, lying on the beach and listening to the sound of the waves. Or you can visit the picturesque villages on the mountains and drink your coffee with the inhabitants at the central square under the trees.

Maybe this is their hidden secret to longevity!

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