This is another one for the coffee lovers. A recent study suggests that drinking more coffee may be able to reduce the damage on the liver caused by drinking too much alcohol. The findings stem from a review of nine previously published studies where researchers from Southampton University in the UK analyzed data collected from more than 430,000 participants. The analysis indicated that drinking two additional cups of coffee a day can lower the risk of developing liver cirrhosis by 44 percent.
According to Dr. Oliver Kennedy, the lead study author, “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.”
Cirrhosis is a gradual scarring and damage to the liver that also affects its function over time. This can be caused by excessive alcohol consumption, hepatitis infections, fatty liver disease and immune disorders.
Dr. Kennedy and his colleagues pooled together date from earlier studies involving coffee consumption to determine how much will increasing coffee consumption by two cups may affect liver disease. The eight of the total nine studies analyzed indicated that increasing coffee consumption by two cups a day was related to a significant reduction in cirrhosis. Eight of the nine studies also showed that the risk of cirrhosis continued to decline as the daily coffee consumption was increased.
Based on the analysis of the studies, researchers estimated that drinking a cup of coffee a day was linked to a 22 percent lower cirrhosis risk as compared to no coffee consumption. For two cups of coffee daily, the risk dropped by 43 percent. It further declined with increased coffee consumption at the risk went down 57 percent for three cups of coffee drank daily and 65 percent when it is around four cups of daily coffee consumption.