Worldwide studies throughout the years have shown that Greek coffee has major health benefits, going as far as to say that drinking a cup of Elliniko kafe a day can increase your lifespan!
The major difference between Greek coffee and other caffeine is that Greek coffee is typically sipped slowly in social gatherings, with family and friends at a home or in a café, highlighting the fact that part of the health benefits beyond the drink itself may also be connected to the leisurely pace of Greek lifestyle, which is said to reduce overall stress.
The other major element is that boiled Greek coffee has a better endothelial function than other types of coffee. The endothelium layer lines blood vessels and is influenced by aging and lifestyle habits. Past studies have suggested that drinking coffee moderately can boost endothelial health and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
"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," says University of Athens professor and study leader Gerasimos Siasos.
According to many studies, Greek coffee can reduce the risk of premature death. For instance, experts found that people on the island of Ikaria, who drink boiled Greek coffee at least once per day, have better cardiovascular health compared to others, with most locals living beyond 90 years of age.
Rich in chlorogenic acid, polyphenols, lipid-soluble substances, and other heart-healthy compounds, Greek coffee has been shown to help protect the arteries and boosts overall immune health.
Greek coffee can also lower the risk of diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, because it increases the levels of a hormone in human’s blood, known as SHGB. This hormone is responsible for keeping testosterone and estrogen levels, at normal rates.
Moreover, Greek coffee can speed up your metabolism and as a result, you can lose more weight. By drinking just one cup of coffee, your metabolism rate increases by 15% temporarily.
What makes Greek coffee superior is its concentration and preparation, both of which deliver more protective compounds in each little cup!