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Coffee protects against chronic liver disease
Drinking a few cups of coffee every day reduces the risk of chronic liver disease, British scientists discovered. Regular ground coffee works best.
The researchers kept track of which study participants developed liver disease and which did not.
Approximately 3600 study participants developed chronic liver disease [CLD], 5400 study participants developed chronic liver disease or fatty liver [steatosis], 184 study participants developed hepatocellular carcinoma and 301 study participants died.
Drinking coffee reduced the risk of liver disease by roughly 20 percent, and the risk of death from liver disease by 49 percent.
The protective effect of coffee was optimal with an intake of 3-4 cups of coffee per day.
Two other potentially interesting compounds in coffee are chlorogenic acid, kahweol and cafestol, all three of which can block the scarring of liver tissue. The latter two substances are present in ground coffee. And that is precisely the type of coffee with the greatest protective effect.
"These findings are significant given the paucity of effective preventative and treatment strategies for chronic liver disease, especially in low to medium income countries, where the burden of chronic liver disease is highest."