coffee prevents liver disease and liver cancer

We hear a lot about the downside of coffee. But, it turns out there’s a big upside too.

Coffee can contribute to insomnia, depression, anxiety and panic attacks. But, the latest science is showing that there is a big upside to coffee too: especially for the liver.

Diseases of the liver include liver cancer, fatty liver disease, hepatitis and cirrhosis. Though often overlooked and given less attention that heart disease, the liver is a crucial organ—involved in such important things as detoxification and digestion--and liver disease deserves more attention. Liver disease is the fifth leading cause of death in Europe, and many people who have it, have it without knowing it.

Liver Cancer
Liver cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the world. Several meta-analyses have found that coffee may reduce the risk of liver cancer by about 40%.

Cirrhosis
Drinking coffee consistently seems to reduce the risk of cirrhosis. The benefit seems to be a reduction in risk of between 25% and 70%.

Chronic Liver Disease
Drinking coffee seems to lower the risk of chronic liver disease by 25%-30%. With larger amounts of coffee, the benefit may reach as high as 65%.

Coffee seems to be able to lower the levels of at least two liver enzymes that are elevated in liver disease: GGT ad ALT. Drinking alcohol raises levels of GGT, and drinking coffee may lower the level by about 30%. Coffee can lower the risk of elevated levels of ALT by about 40%.

More Benefits
Drinking a moderate amount of coffee may also be associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. One meta-analysis found a 29% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes for people who drank the most coffee; a second found the reduction in risk could be as high as 33%.

In earlier blogs, we have also seen that coffee can reduce liver stiffness caused by fibrosis, can benefit cholesterol and triglycerides and reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome. Drinking moderate amounts of coffee can even help your brain stay young and help you to live a longer life.

There seems to be a coffee sweet spot: 2-4 cups a day.


Roundtable Report: Looking after the liver: lifestyle, coffee and caffeine. The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, November 2017.


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