coffee reduces risk of gallstones

It has long been suspected that drinking coffee can prevent gallstones. Now new research proves it.

Though coffee has many drawbacks, it has many benefits too. One of them is preventing painful gallstones. We first mentioned that possible benefit on this website several years ago.

There is a downside to drinking too much coffee. For many people, coffee can contribute to insomnia, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and even heart disease.

But, there’s an upside too. Coffee has many benefits, perhaps especially for your liver.

But there is one condition that seems to benefit even from drinking higher amounts: though you should be careful in case the cost of the benefit is the problems associated with too much caffeine.

Drinking lots of coffee seems to prevent gallstones. When 104,493 people were followed for 8 years, those who drank more than 6 cups a day had a 23% lower risk of gallstones than people who didn’t drink coffee. If you’re worried about drinking that much coffee, then you can still benefit from drinking less: 3-6 cups a day still lowers your risk by 17%, and even a cup a day lowers it by 3%.

The coffee sweet spot seems to be four or fewer cups a day. The six recommended on this study sits right on the edge: people who drink more than 6 cups a day have higher risk of cardiovascular disease. So you may want to balance the pros and cons and settle for the 17% reduction in risk of gallstones conferred by the sweet spot 3-4 cups a day.


Journal of Internal Medicine 2019; doi.org/10.1111/joim.12970


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