Treat Cirrhosis with Coffee

Last week we posed and answered the question, Is coffee good for you? We listed a whole host of health benefits of drinking coffee. We noted that healthy organic coffee is the best choice as it is free from many impurities that can show up in a regular cup of coffee. Now we see a new benefit of drinking coffee. You can essentially treat cirrhosis with coffee. Chronic liver disease including cirrhosis kills more than thirty thousand people a year in the USA. According to newly reported research drinking two cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of dying from cirrhosis by sixty-six percent. Researchers looked at a variety of caffeine-containing drinks but it turns out that you can only treat cirrhosis with coffee. That is to say that only coffee leads to a substantial reduction in the risk of dying from cirrhosis. It is important to note that this benefit does not apply to cirrhosis causes by Type B hepatitis.

Treat Cirrhosis with Coffee and Avoid Alcohol

It is a known fact that cirrhosis of the liver is commonly caused by drinking too much alcohol. The study in the journal Hepatology confirmed that fact. If one has developed cirrhosis for any reason aside from infectious hepatitis one can treat cirrhosis with coffee and cut the risk of dying from that disease down to a third of what it was originally. As the study noted, other caffeine drinks did not have this effect. Thus one can assume that it is the antioxidants in coffee that allow one to treat cirrhosis with coffee, two or cups a day, and reduce the likelihood of cirrhosis related death by two thirds. And, be advised, that if you have cirrhosis and choose to treat cirrhosis with coffee you still need to cut out the alcohol!

Antioxidants and the Benefits of Drinking Coffee

Antioxidants are molecules that inhibit cell damage and cell death in the human. They inhibit the oxidative breakdown of other molecules in the cell. This is important because oxidation is a factor in sickness and aging. Antioxidants help prevent the damage caused by excessive oxidation and are believed to inhibit the process of aging. Diseases often cause what it known as an oxidative reaction. This sort of reaction produces free radicals which in turn start chain reactions. These result in cell and tissue damage. The human body has its own antioxidants to control this situation but often it needs help. Natural means of controlling oxidation include vitamins C and E as well as glutathione. Depleted levels of antioxidants lead to a condition called oxidative stress in which body cells are damaged. Regular and organic coffee antioxidants are in the same class of molecules that help reduce oxidation. We already knew that antioxidants in coffee help reduce the incidence of Type II diabetes, various forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, depression and the risk of suicide. Now it turns out that you can even treat cirrhosis with coffee. What is different here is that a person already has the disease and the outcome of the disease is changed if one drinks two or more cups of coffee a day. This is different from the ability of coffee to reduce the incidence of the disease itself. So, enjoy your morning cup of coffee and if you know someone with cirrhosis consider serving them a cup or two as well.

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