A recent study has found that two extra cups of coffee per day cut risk of liver disease by 44%. Apparently, the dark beverage can undo the harm alcohol and other substances have brought to one’s liver.
The recent study is a review paper of nine studies that had involved over 430,000 participants. Dr. Oliver Kennedy, lead author of the study and researcher with the Southampton University, explained that liver cirrhosis can result in death and it currently has no cure.
So, anything that could help trim the risk of developing the disease is welcome, especially when it comes as cheap as coffee. According to official reports, cirrhosis is the cause of death in over one million cases globally.
You can develop cirrhosis if you indulge in too much alcohol, unhealthy foods that lead to fatty liver disease, if you have a hepatitis infection or an immune disorder.
In the latest analysis, eight of the reviewed studies concluded that additional coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of developing liver disease. Researchers have found that two extra cups of java per day are enough to keep cirrhosis at bay.
Only in one study, risk of cirrhosis increased despite additional coffee consumption. But lower doses also helped. The findings revealed that one cup of the dark beverage per day cut the risk of the disease by 22 percent. Moreover, drinking two extra cups of coffee lowered the risk by 44 percent, and by 57 percent with three cups of coffee.
One of the studies has revealed that filtered coffee had a more positive effect than boiled one. But the recent analysis has some limitations because all nine studies have taken into account only liver cirrhosis caused by booze, not by a fatty liver or obesity.
The review paper was published this week in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Study authors, on the other hand, cautioned that drinking coffee with too much sugar and whipped cream is not the best means to dodge liver disease. Researchers weren’t able to say how exactly coffee consumption benefited liver tissue on the long run.
Researchers noted that the caffeinated beverage contains hundreds of compounds, so it is currently impossible to tell which of those elements shields the liver from damage. Plus, it is worth noting that coffee consumption alone cannot offset damaging lifestyle choices that can lead to cirrhosis such as substance abuse and unhealthy diet.
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