Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Coffee Is Good For The Liver - The magical bean for liver diseases

Coffee Is Good For The Liver
Previous studies have demonstrated the positive effects of coffee on chronic liver diseases. For instance people with hepatitis C who drink higher amounts of coffee have a lower rate of disease progression than those who drink less coffee. As for moderate coffee consumption, a slower rate of fibrosis and cirrhosis has been reported.

In the following systematic review published May 2017 in BMJ coffee consumption was associated with a reduced risk for developing primary liver cancer (Hepatocellular Carcinoma). As reported; Increased consumption of caffeinated coffee and, to a lesser extent, decaffeinated coffee are associated with reduced risk of HCC, including in pre-existing liver disease.

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Drinking coffee may help prevent liver cancer, study suggests
Those who consumed two cups a day had a 35% reduced risk and for those who drank five cups, the risk was halved. They found the protective effect for decaf was “smaller and less certain than for caffeinated coffee”.

The authors wrote: “It may be important for developing coffee as a lifestyle intervention in chronic liver disease, as decaffeinated coffee might be more acceptable to those who do not drink coffee or who limit their coffee consumption because of caffeine-related symptoms.”
Lead author Dr Oliver Kennedy, of the University of Southampton, said: “Coffee is widely believed to possess a range of health benefits, and these latest findings suggest it could have a significant effect on liver cancer risk.

Coffee: The magical bean for liver diseases
According to a mini review published May 28, 2017 in World Journal of Hepatology  the benefits of drinking coffee range from; liver enzyme laboratory test improvement to improved mortality from cirrhosis, HCC, as well as other malignancies, and chronic liver diseases secondary to HBV, HCV and NAFLD.

Patient Friendly Review
The evidence is in - drinking coffee is clearly beneficial for the liver, to learn more read this special report (published June 2016) by The British Liver Trust.

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