If you ever felt a pang of guilt about your caffeine addiction then you’ll welcome the results of a new report that says coffee consumption is associated with a reduced risk of liver diseases.
The report from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research on the health benefits of coffee, has claimed that coffee might reduce the risk of liver diseases, such as liver cancer and cirrhosis, by as much as 70 percent.
The report titled ‘Looking after the liver: coffee, caffeine and lifestyle factors’ reads: “The liver is a major organ in the body and is involved in a number of vital metabolic processes including the regulation of blood sugar and fat, the digestion of food to nutrients, and the neutralisation and detoxification of drugs and toxins.”
“Consequently, any damage to liver cells can have a significant impact on overall health.”
According to the report, coffee intake might reduce the risk of liver cancer by 40 percent, and depending on how much coffee is consumed, and between 25 percent and 70 percent for cirrhosis.
The report results are based on moderate coffee intake, which is defined as being between three and five cups a day.
Cirrhosis is a late stage of scarring (fibrosis) of the liver caused by many forms of liver diseases and conditions, such as hepatitis and chronic alcoholism, as explained by The Mayo Clinic.
The report is the result of a roundtable discussion between a number of of European experts from a variety of backgrounds, including academic research, medical practice and patient associations, who at the Royal Society of Medicine, London to discuss the latest research on coffee and liver disease.
In a statement, Judi Rhys, chief executive of the British Liver Trust said: “Liver disease is a silent killer as often there are no symptoms until it’s too late.”
“Coffee is something that is easily accessible to everyone and regularly drinking it — filtered, instant or espresso — may make a difference in preventing and, in some cases, slowing down the progression of liver disease. It is an easy lifestyle choice to make.”
More good news came for coffee a few months ago via a study that reported that drinking four cups of coffee daily could cut your risk of dying early by up to two thirds.