Drinking more coffee reduces risk of liver harm

Scientists discovered coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing liver cirrhosis.

Compared to no coffee, drinking 1 cup per day was associated with a 22% lower risk of developing alcohol-related cirrhosis, two cups per day lowered the risk by 44%, and 4 cups per day was associated with a 65% lower risk according to researchers who analyzed nine studies that examined the relationship between coffee consumption and the risk of cirrhosis. More than 430,000 participants were a part of the nine studies.

The review done by the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, is the first meta-analysis to show the potential protective properties of coffee.

Cirrhosis is potentially fatal and there is no cure as such. Therefore, it is significant that the risk of developing cirrhosis may be reduced by consumption of coffee, a cheap, ubiquitous and well-tolerated beverage,” said lead study author Dr. Oliver Kennedy of Southampton University in the U.K.

Coffee is a complex mixture that contains hundreds of chemical compounds and science has not been able to determine which of those chemicals is responsible for protecting the liver.

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