Spread the love

Good News for Coffee Drinkers

More Good News for Coffee Drinkers: It Benefits Your Liver

Some say the most-consumed beverage in the world is tea, and others maintain it’s coffee. Whichever is true from year to year, it’s a fact that an estimated 3.5 billion cups of coffee are downed by bean aficionados on a daily basis, according to the European Coffee Federation.

Between the leaf and the bean, it’s well-known that an amazing array of health benefits are delivered, but new information published in BMJ Open2 says drinking a single cup of coffee every day cuts your risk of developing a serious liver cancer called hepatocellular, or HCC, by a fifth.

According to CBS Philly, HCC is the second-most prevalent cause of death from cancer in the world.3 The 19 percent lowered risk of HCC poses a major advantage from just one cup, but if you drink more than that in a day, your risk for liver cancer is even lower, the research team reported. In fact, five cups of coffee a day is associated with a 50 percent drop in your risk of this type of cancer. Medical News Today reports:

“The researchers came to their conclusion by conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis of more than 26 observational studies, which included information on more than 2.25 million adults. The team looked at the coffee intake of the participants — including how many cups they consumed each day, as well as whether the coffee was caffeinated or decaffeinated — and whether or not this might be associated with the risk of developing HCC.”4

Other variables like body mass index (BMI), alcohol consumption, smoking, type 2 diabetes and hepatitis B and C viruses were taken into consideration, after which more than 2 million study participants who drank two cups a day showed a 35 percent drop in their HCC risk. Lead study author Dr. Oliver Kennedy from the U.K.’s University of Southampton, working with the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, cautioned:

“We’re not suggesting that everyone should start drinking five cups of coffee a day though. There needs to be more investigation into the potential harms of high coffee-caffeine intake, and there is evidence it should be avoided in certain groups, such as pregnant women.”

Hepatocellular Cancer: Risk Factors, Including Alcohol

It’s a good thing scientists made this discovery about how coffee affects HCC now, because the American Cancer Society’s numbers on liver cancer are pretty sobering: Nearly 41,000 new cases are projected to be diagnosed in 2017, the numbers are increasing every year and HCC is expected to make up most of them.6

Reasons why HCC has such a high rate of death throughout the world is due to poor prognosis and high frequency, especially in China and Southeast Asia, a news release from the University of Southampton explained. They added that by 2030, new cases will have climbed by about 50 percent to upward of 1.2 million.7 While the researchers had earlier noted there was no evidence proving that drinking more than five cups a day would be of benefit, the study showed that:

The more coffee people drink (up to five cups), the lower their risk
People who drink decaffeinated coffee have a lower risk, as well, although to a lesser extent
People with pre-existing liver disease have a lower risk
Drinking coffee may actually help prevent people from developing liver disease

The same study returned another startling bit of information suggesting that lifestyle factors such as diet, level of physical activity and weight can reduce — and arguably exacerbate — someone’s chances of developing some types of liver problems, if not HCC or some other liver cancer. According to Medical News Today,8 certain individuals have an increased risk, including:

People who already have liver disease
Individuals whose livers have been damaged due to bouts of hepatitis B or C
People with an autoimmune disease
People with chronic liver inflammation

adminHealthHealthy Foodalcoholic drinks,coffee,health benefits,liver cancer,liver disease,liver problems,various cancers
More Good News for Coffee Drinkers: It Benefits Your Liver Some say the most-consumed beverage in the world is tea, and others maintain it’s coffee. Whichever is true from year to year, it’s a fact that an estimated 3.5 billion cups of coffee are downed by bean aficionados on a...