Drinking a cup of Greek coffee each day transports you to Greece. The aroma, as well as the technique of boiling the finely ground coffee beans, all of it represents a quintessential Greek cultural experience. But, did you know that drinking Greek coffee actually has health benefits as well?
That’s right! A team of researchers has found that Greek coffee contains a high amount of polyphenols, which means that drinking it can actually help clean your arteries and curtail the development of heart disease.
The research was presented in a recent issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, by Spanish scientist Maria-Paz de Peña and her colleagues.
However, this is not the first time that scientists have touted Greek coffee for its health benefits. The University of Athens Medical School also found evidence that Greek coffee promotes longevity, as part of a study of the longer-than-usual lifespan of locals on the Greek island of Ikaria.
The residents of Ikaria have, on average, a longer life expectancy than the general population, with many living well beyond the age of 90 and even past the age of 100. Research found that 87 percent of those who participated in the study drank between 3-4 cups of Greek coffee each day.
Researchers have also reported that Greek coffee has other health benefits, such as improving endothelial function. This helps to regulate inflammation, blood pressure, blood clotting, and the circulation of vital materials and white blood cells.