Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Benefits of Greek Coffee

Several studies have proven that the consumption of Greek coffee increases the elasticity of arteries, which protects against heart diseases

The research found that those who did drink a moderate amount of Greek coffee, boiled in a briki, had better arterial health, with the vessels to behave like those of young people. The arteries of those who drank less or no coffee were far less flexible.

The elderly inhabitants of Ikaria, the Greek island, boast the highest rates of longevity in the World, researchers investigated links between coffee-drinking habits and the subjects' endothelial function. The endothelium is a layer of cells that lines blood vessels, which is affected both by aging and by lifestyle habits.
The new study provides a new connection between nutritional habits and cardiovascular health. Given the extent of coffee drinking across the world, and the fact that even small health effects of at least one type of coffee could have a large impact on public 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

Greek coffee is boiled rather than brewed. This boiling method was developed in Yemen during antiquity, long before filtration of coffee was introduced. Boiling coffee is also carried out in Turkey and throughout the Middle East. This method also creates a foam the Greeks call kaimaki (pronounced kaee-MAH-kee), which adds a rich, creaminess to the coffee. The process of boiling coffee extracts much more nutrients from the coffee beans than the filtering method.

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