Does Coffee Reduce the Risk of Cirrhosis?

A couple years ago we wrote that you can treat cirrhosis with coffee.

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.

That was based on one study. Now doctors have considered the results of nine studies relating to cirrhosis of the liver and coffee. The new evidence confirms that coffee can reduce the risk of cirrhosis.

Undo Liver Damage with Two Cups of Coffee a Day

Fox News Health reports that one can undo liver damage from booze by drinking more coffee!

Drinking more coffee might help reduce the kind of liver damage that’s associated with overindulging in food and alcohol, a review of existing studies suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from nine previously published studies with a total of more than 430,000 participants and found that drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was linked to a 44 percent lower risk of developing liver cirrhosis.

“Cirrhosis is potentially fatal and there is no cure as such,” said lead study author Dr. Oliver Kennedy of Southampton University in the U.K.

“Therefore, it is significant that the risk of developing cirrhosis may be reduced by consumption of coffee, a cheap, ubiquitous and well-tolerated beverage,” Kennedy added by email.

Cirrhosis is the cause of death of a million people worldwide every year. The primary causes include hepatitis, immune disorders, fatty liver disease and drinking too much alcohol. A cup or two of strong coffee in the morning has long been a treatment for a hangover. Now it appears that two extra cups of coffee a day could help prevent the development of cirrhosis.

Why Does Coffee Help Prevent Cirrhosis?

It is important to notice that other caffeine drinks do not have the effect that coffee does in preventing cirrhosis. The difference is in all likelihood the antioxidants in coffee.

With your morning cup of organic coffee antioxidants are included. Healthy organic coffee is not only free of many of the impurities found in regular coffee but contains things that are beneficial to your health. These things in organic coffee include antioxidants. So, just what are antioxidants and why should we want to have more of them? Scientifically an antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the cell damage and cell death in human cells caused by oxidative breakdown of other molecule in the cell. Oxidation is a factor in sickness and aging. Antioxidants help prevent the damage caused by excessive oxidation and to a degree inhibit the aging process. When an oxidative reaction brought on by disease gets going it produces free radicals that start chain reactions which in turn cause cell and tissue damage. The human body has or uses antioxidants to control this situation. Natural means of controlling oxidation include vitamins C and E as well as glutathione. It is low levels of antioxidants that can lead to a condition referred to as oxidative stress and resultant damage to cells in the body. Organic coffee antioxidants are in the same class of molecules that help reduce oxidation.

Does coffee reduce the risk of cirrhosis? Yes, it does and the part of coffee that does the job is likely the antioxidants.

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