New study shows: coffee consumption protects against liver cirrhosis


Coffee can obviously do much more than just wake you up. As a new study has found, regular consumption also protects against liver damage.
Study: Coffee and its effects on the liver
As researchers from the University of Southampton in England found out a few months ago in a meta-study, coffee has a clear impact on our liver. The scientists analyzed nine long-term studies with a total of around 500,000 participants. Eight of the nine studies showed a significant reduction in the risk of cirrhosis through increased coffee consumption. Taking the results together, the experts came to the following conclusion: Just two cups of coffee a day reduced the risk of cirrhosis by 44 percent. In addition, they halved the risk of dying from cirrhosis.

Coffee as a miracle cure for liver disease?
No, rather not. It is true that coffee consumption clearly reduces the risk of liver damage. However, Samantha Heller of Langone University Hospital Medical Center in New York tells Reuters, "Drinking a few cups of coffee every day can't reverse the systematic damage done by being overweight or obese, not getting enough exercise, or excessive alcohol consumption, or dramatically mitigate an unhealthy diet."

Exactly how coffee protects the liver is not yet clear. More studies need to shed light on this. Coffee is "a complex mixture containing hundreds of chemical components, and it is unknown which of these is responsible for protecting the liver."
 

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