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Is Drinking Coffee Good For The Liver?

Posted By: Staff

Many a times you might have heard that drinking too much of caffeine is bad for your health but did you also know that drinking coffee in limited amount can be good for your health too.

A new study has found that drinking three to five cups of coffee regularly may reduce the risk of liver cancer and cirrhosis.

"Liver disease is on the rise and it is important that we understand how coffee, one of the most popular drinks in the world, and diet affects the disease," said Graeme Alexander, from the University College London in the UK.

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"Research suggests that coffee may reduce the risk of liver diseases and it is important patients have access to dietary information and advice from health care professionals in a manner that is easy for them to understand and act upon," Alexander said.

Meta-analyses have suggested that coffee consumption versus no coffee consumption is associated with up to a 40 per cent risk reduction of liver cancer, although this appears to be a dose-dependent relationship.

Research from the US and Italy suggests that coffee consumption is consistently associated with a reduced risk of cirrhosis, with a potential risk reduction of 25-70 per cent, according to the report.

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There is yet another research which suggests an inverse association between coffee consumption and risk of chronic liver disease, with an average risk reduction of 25-30 per cent in low coffee consumers, and up to 65 per cent in high coffee consumers.

"Liver disease is a silent killer as often there are no symptoms until it's too late," Judi Rhys, from the British Liver Trust. "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," said Rhys.

The study report was recently presented at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

Also take a look at a few of the best ways to keep your liver healthy.

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1. Healthy Diet:

Avoiding fatty foods is a must if you want to keep your liver healthy. Add lots fibre rich foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains to your diet. It helps in keeping your liver healthy.

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2. Regular Exercise:

Regular exercise is a must if you want to stay healthy. This not just helps in losing weight but it also helps in preventing a number of health issues including liver disease.

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3. Avoid Alcohol:

Alcohol can pose great risk for your liver if you indulge in binge drinking. Alcohol abuse can damage the liver cells and lead to the swelling or scarring of the liver that can lead to cirrhosis. If not taken care of it can turn fatal as well.

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4. Lemon:

Lemon is one of the best ingredient to detoxify the system. You can add few drops of lemon juice to your green tea or you can add in to your salad as well. Lemon helps the liver to produce bile and flush out the toxins.

(With Agency Inputs)

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Story first published: Friday, November 17, 2017, 23:00 [IST]
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