If your liver’s packing it in after a lifetime of boozing, changing your poison may yet keep you alive a little longer.
A recent review of existing studies suggests that drinking more coffee might help reduce the kind of liver damage that’s associated with overindulging in food and alcohol.
Researchers analysed data from nine previously published studies with a total of more than 430,000 participants and found that drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was linked to a 44 percent lower risk of developing liver cirrhosis.
Dr Alex Hodge, a consultant gastroenterologist and liver disease specialist at Australia’s Monash University, said drinking three cups of coffee a day helped people with liver damage.
Hodge and her colleagues studied 1,100 patients with Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B or fatty liver caused by heavy alcohol consumption. The latter condition is often caused by heavy alcohol consumption and while it produces no symptoms can lead to liver damage. A fatty liver does not have any symptoms, but given that the liver filters your blood, it needs to be operating at optimal capacity.
All the patients who drank coffee saw an improvement in their livers – especially those with Hepatitis C.
In another study, researchers analyzed data from nine previously published studies with a total of more than 430,000 participants and found that drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was linked to a 44 percent 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.
Just why coffee helps the liver isn’t known: caffeine’s a well-studied compound, but coffee’s full of other chemicals and their impact on the liver remain obscure.