Drinking additional cups of coffee linked with reduced risk of liver cirrhosis
A detailed assessment of existing studies has unveiled that having more coffee might cut the liver damage that has been associated with overindulgence in food and alcohol. The findings have been based on the assessment of nine studies involving more than 430,000 participants.
The researchers have found that drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was associated with a 44% reduced risk of developing liver cirrhosis. Study’s lead researcher Dr. Oliver Kennedy of Southampton University in the UK said that the disease is fatal and there is no cure for the same.
“Therefore, it is significant that the risk of developing cirrhosis may be reduced by consumption of coffee, a cheap, ubiquitous and well-tolerated beverage”, affirmed Kennedy. The researchers gathered the data on average coffee consumption across earlier studies to see how many additional cups of coffee everyday might influence the chances of liver disease.
Among the study participants, there were also cirrhosis patients. In eight of nine studies analyzed, rise in coffee consumption was linked with a significant decline in the risk of cirrhosis. When compared with no coffee consumption, researchers estimated that one cup of coffee a day was linked with a 22% reduced risk or cirrhosis.
With the two cups, the risk was found to have dropped by 43%, with three, the risk declined by 57% and 65% with the four cups. Other findings of the study include stronger link between coffee consumption and reduced cirrhosis risk if the participants had filtered coffee than boiled coffee.
Kennedy said that coffee is a complex mixture having hundreds of chemical compounds and it is not known yet which of them is liable for protecting the liver. The researchers said that coffee is not powerful enough to counteract lifestyle choices that severely damage the liver.
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