Coffee Reduces Risk Of Cirrhosis Says Analysis

Coffee is not a mere cure for hangovers but can even prevent early death. Also, a recent analysis taken from nine published studies says that more than 430,000 participants who drank two extra cups of coffee had a 44% less chance of developing liver cirrhosis.

Coffee And Cirrhosis

Coffee Reduces Risk Of Cirrhosis Says Analysis

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

According to further reports, cirrhosis kills more than one million people all over the world and that it can be cause by hepatitis infections, excessive alcohol consumption, immune disorders, and fatty liver disease, which is linked to obesity and diabetes.

The pooled analysis done by Kennedy and his colleagues, they observed the coffee consumption by the participants in the nine studies and saw the difference two extra cups made on liver disease. The studies had 1990 participants who had cirrhosis. In one of the studies, the risk of cirrhosis reduced as number of coffee cups consumed increased.The analysis showed that the risk of cirrhosis dropped 43% with two cups, 57% with three cups and 65% with four cups.

Not A Permanent Or Perfect Solution

Coffee Reduces Risk Of Cirrhosis Says Analysis

One of the studies found that there is a stronger link between filter coffee than boiled coffee for reducing cirrhosis. Also the findings do not recommend sugary, creamy lattes for cirrhosis cure. “Coffee is a complex mixture containing hundreds of chemical compounds, and it is unknown which of these is responsible for protecting the liver,” Kennedy said.

“Unfortunately, although coffee contains compounds that have antioxidant effects and anti-inflammatory properties, drinking a few cups of coffee a day cannot undo the systematic damage that is the result of being overweight or obese, sedentary, excessive alcohol consumption or drastically mitigate an unhealthy diet,” said Samantha Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York by email to the Insider.