Drinking Coffee May Undo Liver Damage From Alochol February 22 2016
According to a review of multiple existing studies done by the Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics journal, increasing your coffee intake may help reduce your chances of developing alcohol-related liver cirrhosis.
Here are some of the highlights:
- Drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was linked to a 44% lower risk of developing liver cirrhosis.
- Cirrhosis kills more than one million people every year worldwide. It can be caused by hepatitis infections, excessive alcohol consumption, immune disorders, and fatty liver disease, which is tied to obesity and diabetes.
- Compared to no coffee consumption, researchers estimated one cup a day was tied to a 22% lower risk of cirrhosis. With two cups, the risk dropped by 43%, while it declined 57% for three cups and 65% with four cups.
While the results are exciting, it's also important to note that coffee isn't powerful enough to counteract lifestyle choices that can severely damage the liver, according to Samantha Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York who wasn't involved in the study.
Drinking a few cups of coffee a day cannot undo the systematic damage that is the result of being overweight or obese, sedentary, excessive alcohol consumption or drastically mitigate an unhealthy diet.
To conclude, we say that you should enjoy your cup of coffee and also relax knowing that it is good for your health. Unless, of course, your drink of choice is a frothy caramel latte loaded with whipped cream and sugar.