Coffee has been popular and helpful. Whenever we're busy at work or enjoying our leisure time, a cup of coffee can always refresh and energize us in an enthralling way. Now thanks to a recent study, there's one more reason for us to revel in it.
Drinking coffee helps lower the risk of liver cancer
The study published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics confirms the effects of coffee drinking on liver cancer. According to the study, drinking two or three cups of coffee per day can decrease the risk of developing liver cancer by 38%, and dying from it by 46%.
Moreover, the researchers find that if the daily coffee consumption increases to four or more cups, the risk reduction will be 41% and the chance of dying will be 71% less.
Earlier than that, many studies have found multiple health benefits of coffee in preventing liver cirrhosis and protection against hepatocellular cancer, which accounts for 3/4 of primary liver cancer.
What does that mean to you?
The study shows that routine coffee drinking could possibly be a way to reduce liver cancer rates. That does not mean it is recommended for everyone to drink more coffee from now on.
Although there may be an association between coffee drinking and decreased risk of liver cancer, no proven causation is found yet. The compounds in coffee loaded with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties might explain its link to a reduced risk of developing liver diseases, but there’s still no good answer about which characteristics of coffee play the most important role. Additional researches are demanded.
On the other hand, too much coffee intake may do harm to the body. Scientists have already warned the possible risks of regular coffee drinking, such as insomnia, stomach problems and increased heart rates.
That said, coffee is overall a safe and healthy beverage. Moderate coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern, as the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Report said.
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