The big number: Coffee reduces the risk of chronic liver disease by 21 percent

The big number: Coffee reduces the risk of chronic liver disease by 21 percent

Coffee – ground or instant, decaf or decaffeinated – can be good for your liver and lower your risk of chronic liver disease by 21 percent compared to those who don’t drink coffee. In addition, those who drink three to four cups of coffee a day are about half as likely to die from chronic liver disease and 20 percent less likely to develop fatty liver (steatosis) or liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma). These results are based on roughly a decade of data from nearly half a million people recently published in the journal BMC Public Health. The numbers are in line with research over the past few decades that has found a wide variety of health benefits for coffee drinkers, although coffee consumption can still be associated with risks. On the positive side, coffee has been linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, endometrial cancer, Parkinson’s, and depression, according to the American Heart Association and the Harvard School of Public Health. But coffee is not for everyone, especially caffeinated coffee, which can be risky for children, pregnant women, and people with panic or anxiety disorders. For anyone, too much caffeine can cause nervousness, nausea, and headaches; increase blood pressure and heart rate; and lead to insomnia. Also, coffee of any kind can lose some of its benefits if too much cream and sugar are added. The latest research also finds that all types of coffee were linked to lower risk of liver problems, even instant coffee – but ground coffee, including espresso, had the greatest effect.

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Rachel Meadows

Rachel Meadows

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