Coffee is a basic requirement for many to start the day with. But now, it can actually prevent you from having any chronic liver disease. According to a new study bY University of Southampton, drinking around 3-4 cups of coffee in a day can reduce your risk of liver cancer and other alcohol-related liver diseases.
The study published on the journal- BMC Public Health on Monday, is based on the data from 494,585 participants, who falls in the age group 40 to 69 in the UK Biobank.
As found out by the researchers, 384,818 participants were coffee consumers, and the other 109,767 non-consumers.
The new study “confirms in a large UK cohort that coffee drinking is protective against severe liver disease,” said Prof Paul Roderick, a co-author of the study from the University of Southampton state
According to the reports, the researchers checked the liver health of the participants over a period 11 years. The results showed 3,600 cases of chronic liver disease, with 301 deaths and 1,839 cases of simple fatty liver disease.
Finally, the result of the study states that ghe participants who drank “any amount of any kind of coffee, they had a 20% lesser risk of developing chronic liver disease or fatty liver disease than those who do not drink coffee.
The researchers have taken various factors in consideration such as body mass index, alcohol consumption, and smoking status. The study also found that the coffee drinkers also had a 49% lower risk of death causes by chronic liver disease.
Vanessa Hebditch, of the British Liver Trust, supported the study, but also stated the importance of other factors contributing to diseased related to liver. She said, “However, it’s important that people improve their liver health not just by drinking coffee, but by also cutting down on alcohol and keeping to a healthy weight by exercising and eating well.”
Considering the beneficial impact of the coffee and it’s ingredients on a human liver, Prof. Roderick said, “It does, however, raise the issue that it might be an effective intervention to prevent severe liver disease, say in those at high risk,”