Among hot beverages, coffee stands out in remarkable ways…
And new health benefits continue to emerge, adding to the list of perks that coffee offers.
New research has found that drinking your daily brew may help protect your liver from alcohol-related cirrhosis...
But this is no license to overindulge!
While a little bit of alcohol may actually be healthy, having one-too many, and particularly hard liquor, could be extremely dangerous to your health…
One clinically established effect of excessive alcohol consumption is the potential for liver cirrhosis–a condition characterized by liver scarring, which can ultimately lead to liver failure.
But coffee can step in to mitigate the debilitating effects.
A recent study has found that 2 cups of coffee per day may reduce one’s risk of alcohol-induced liver cirrhosis by a whopping 43%.
The authors of the new study, published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, wrote:
“Coffee comprises over a thousand compounds, many of which are biologically active and may affect human health. These include caffeine, chlorogenic acid, melanoids, and the pentacyclic diterpenes, kahweol, and cafestol…The biological effects of coffee include stimulation of the central nervous system, primarily by caffeine, the attenuation of oxidative stress and inflammation, and anti-carcinogenesis…In the context of liver disease, coffee appears to confer a number of protective effects”.
And while previous research had made associations between coffee and liver protection, the new study went a step further and conducted more large-scale analyses…
The researchers gathered data from 9 previous studies on the subject of coffee and cirrhosis risk, and analyzed the results.
The studies had involved over 430,000 participants, and the analyses of study results showed that one cup of coffee per day correlated with a 22% decrease in the risk of developing alcohol-related cirrhosis.
Two cups were associated with a 43% decrease in risk, and 3 cups added up to a 57% decrease in risk.
Four cups of coffee per day were found to correlate with a staggering 65% decrease in the risk of developing this condition.
The study authors concluded: “This meta-analysis suggests that increasing coffee consumption may substantially reduce the risk of liver cirrhosis”.
This study, however, had some limitations. To begin with, only alcohol-related cirrhosis was analyzed. Instances of liver cirrhosis triggered by other factors such as obesity were not taken into account.
Further research is imperative to investigate whether coffee offers the same protective benefits in non-alcohol-related cases.
Again, the coffee type analyzed was not studied in-depth. So it’s unclear from this study whether one type of coffee, or brewing method may be more beneficial than other types.
And as to why coffee may offer such incredible protection to the liver, the researchers did not quite put a finger on it.
However, they do hypothesize that the antioxidants wealth and density found in coffee, may be a factor due to their massive anti-inflammatory properties.
These research findings do not in any way encourage over-imbibing. But they do give you yet another compelling reason to relish your brew…
And talking of brew…
The healthiest cup of coffee is obviously organic, fair-trade coffee beans…all the while avoiding sugar and artificial creamers.
Black is always outstanding…and if you prefer it sweeter, you can splash some organic creams or organic coconut crystals.
Do you like this article? If so, share it far and wide to bless others with a healthy liver.
Many thanks for your rock-solid patronage.