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It is no secret to say that many people need at least a cup of coffee to start the day. It is one of the most powerful and popular natural stimulants in the world, not in vain every day new references come to light about the benefits of its consumption. Historically, drinking numerous cups of coffee has been frowned upon, research has shown that consuming too much caffeine can cause headaches, anxiety, and even reduced fertility in women. However and fortunately, drinking coffee in moderate amounts is a great health ally and every day new scientific references come to light that confirm this. Such is the case of a new study on coffee and its benefits related to liver health.
According to the study published in the journal BMC Public Health, it was found that coffee drinkers are 21% less likely to develop chronic liver disease, 20% less likely to develop fatty liver and 49% less likely to die from chronic liver disease than non-coffee drinkers. The truth is that there are so many good things to say about coffee. According to study author Dr. Oliver Kennedy who is part of the University of Southampton School of Medicine in the UK, coffee is widely accessible and the benefits found in the study associate it as a superb potential preventive treatment for chronic liver disease.
What did the study consist of? The sample was extensive, focused on examining coffee consumption among nearly 495,000 participants in the UK Biobank (a biomedical database and research resource) for nearly 12 years. It is worth mentioning that the maximum benefit was seen in the group that drank ground coffeeHowever, those who drank instant coffee also saw some benefits. Researchers speculate that this is because ground coffee has higher levels of two antioxidants, kahweol and cafestol, which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
The liver is the largest organ within the body. It is related to fundamental functions: it helps digest food, store energy and eliminate toxins, therefore it is prone to saturation. It is well known that one of the most common conditions related to liver health is fatty liver disease. It is one of the most common diseases in its category and is directly related to lifestyle and a poor diet, rich in processed foods. It is characterized by excessive accumulation of fat in the liver. There is data in which it is endorsed that nonalcoholic fatty liver is a condition that affects about the 25% of the world’s population and it has been listed as the most common chronic liver disorder in the United States.
The truth is that this is not the first study to show the possible health benefits that a cup of coffee can have on the liver. In fact, a 2017 study led by the same author of the current study found that drinking coffee reduces the risk of hepatocellular cancer, also known as the most common form of liver cancer. In addition, it is impossible not to mention that there are other valuable studies backed by science that prove the benefits of coffee to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and heart failure and obesity. It is important to note that these benefits are associated with the consumption of black coffee, without additives such as sweeteners or creams.
A moderate consumption of coffee is considered, at a equivalent of four cups a day and in fact it is the amount recommended by specialists to prevent the risk of non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis, popularly known as fatty liver. Without a doubt, it is a good daily strategy that considerably reduces the risk of other complications associated with prchronic inflammatory events of the liver, as is the case with cirrhosis or cancer, and which in turn also increases the risk of developing diabetes.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.