Drinking Coffee May Protect The Liver From Alcohol Damage

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Former researches of the effects of coffee have proven that coffee can have a number of positive benefits to our health and body.

Well, lucky for all coffee drinkers, there is a new addition to that list, coming from a new research that claims that 2 cups of coffee a day can drastically lower the risk of cirrhosis (over 40%).

Cirrhosis is a disease caused by varying factors, the most common and prominent ones being over-use of alcohol and excessive weight, which both lead to excessive production of collagen in the liver and consequently liver scars, and in severe instances – liver failures.

In the past two decades (1980-2010) the number of recorded fatalities due to cirrhosis has increased from 675,000 to 1,000,000 people.

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There were prior cases where researches on coffee were able to provide examples of how caffeine can preserve and protect the liver from irregular operation, however, their studies were still not able to provide sufficient data.

That’s why a new team was formed that used the data from 9 different studies of the relation between coffee and cirrhosis, and published their discoveries in the Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics journal.

The studies involved 430,000 people, of which 1,990 had cirrhosis, and the interesting fact is that the rate of cirrhosis was directly linked to the lack of coffee consumption.

When the research team decided to further analyze their data, they discovered that those who drank one cup of coffee a day had a 22% lower risk of cirrhosis, those who drank 2 cups had a 43% lower risk, those who drank 3 cups a day had a 57% lower risk, while those who drank 4 cups had lowered their risk for 65%.

However, the precise manner in which coffee leads to such positive results has yet to be defined, even though the research team suggest that the effectiveness is possibly owed to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory characteristics of coffee, which are known to protect the liver from fibrosis.

Also, as amazing as their findings are, you should be aware that the research team states that their study is limited because it only applies to cirrhosis caused by alcohol consumption, and not other factors like hepatitis, excessive weight, infections, or diabetes.

Furthermore, it is still undefined whether all types of coffee, or the manner of preparation, have a role in achieving such positive results. That is why you should carefully consider all facts before making changes in your lifestyle.


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