How to Protect Your Liver from Alcohol-Related Cirrhosis?
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Could Coffee Help Protect Your Liver from Alcohol?
Another noteworthy benefit has been added to the list of perks that coffee may
have for your health. New research has found that drinking your daily java may
help protect your liver from alcohol-related cirrhosis.
While a little bit of alcohol may actually be healthy, we all know that overdoing it on
the spirits is extremely dangerous in a number of ways. One effect of excessive
alcohol consumption is the potential for liver cirrhosis, a condition characterized by
liver scarring, which can lead the liver to fail.
Another beverage that has been linked to a lot of health benefits — without the
detriments — is coffee. Coffee may help to boost metabolism and brain power,
as well as potentially lower type 2 diabetes risk, among many other perks.
So How Are Alcohol and Coffee Connected?
A recent study has found that two cups of coffee per day may reduce one’s risk of
alcohol-related liver cirrhosis by up to 43 percent.
On coffee, 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.”
While previous research has shown associations between coffee and liver
protection, this new study wanted to make a more large-scale analysis. The
researchers involved in the study gathered data from nine previous studies on the
subject of coffee and