(WellnessNova.com) - Some people consider coffee without sugar a superfood. It’s been found to boost your metabolism, memory, heart health, and more. But now experts are saying that Greek coffee is the healthiest out of most types of coffees.
What Is Greek Coffee?
Greek coffee is made from Arabica coffee beans, which are a lot harder to harvest because the Coffea arabica tree is a lot harder to grow. But it’s the special way Greek coffee is prepared that contributes most to its superior health properties.
Greek coffee is actually an ancient food with roots in Yemen during the classical period. The Arabica coffee beans are ground to a fine powder, which releases more antioxidants into your brew during preparation. The powder is boiled instead of brewed – and this boiling extracts more nutrients into your brew than normal brewing and filtration.
Arabica coffee beans also contain less caffeine than other coffee beans – which means you get less caffeine than regular coffee. In Greece, one cup of Greek coffee usually has about 50 percent of the caffeine in one cup of a typical American cup of coffee. The boiling process also creates a foam layer above the liquid, which adds a natural creaminess to the coffee without using any additional cream!
The current U.S. Surgeon General touts Greek coffee as a kind of fountain of longevity. He says that researchers completed a study of the Greek region of Ikaria, and found that their lifestyle of drinking Greek coffee more than once a day is a major contributing factor to the region’s high longevity. These researchers found that residents of Ikaria have a higher rate of reaching ages past 90 than the rest of the world, save for a few other notable locations (like Okinawa).
Greek Coffee and Your Heart
The Ikaria Study reveals that residents who drank the highest amount of Greek coffee had better endothelial function and general heart health than those who drank less Greek coffee. It turns out that Greek coffee is rich in heart-healthy compounds, like chlorogenic acid. They found that drinking Greek coffee lowers inflammation in your blood vessels, which helps prevent plaque buildup and other kinds of heart conditions.
Other Geriatric Lifestyle Factors of Ikarian Residents
Besides drinking Greek coffee multiple times a day, the older population of Ikaria has reported exercising daily. They also have lower incidences of depression than most other populations worldwide.
There’s ample evidence that shows that exercising everyday can significantly boost your lifespan by protecting your heart and brain. Depression has been found to increase your daily stress, which has physical effects on your heart, mind, and the rest of your body. Being happier everyday certainly lowers stress, which means there’s less damage to your body.
These 90 and up Ikarian residents also frequently adhered to the MIND diet, which makes sense since it originated in the Mediterranean. The MIND diet is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, which has been found to help lower the risk of dementia and heart disease.
What does this all mean? If you’re into coffee, change your regular brand to Greek coffee (most local groceries and supermarkets should have a brand of Greek coffee). It’s a little more expensive than regular coffee, but the health benefits are worth it. But you should also exercise everyday and keep a check on your stress and anxiety levels. All of these lifestyle additions will boost your longevity – and who knows, you may see age 100!