You probably don’t need much convincing when it comes to the benefits of drinking coffee. Not only is it delicious, but it can provide you with the necessary boost of energy in the morning or during a sleepy afternoon, and is also known to reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. What some people may not realize, though, is that coffee can also improve liver health.
Research has continually shown that coffee can have a hepatoprotective effect, which means it can help protect the liver from damage. This is the opposite of alcohol, for example, which can lead to hepatotoxicity (liver damage) if consumed too frequently.
While coffee has been found to have powerful liver health benefits, it is important to note that many of these studies cited in this article focus on black coffee consumption. This doesn’t mean you have to give up cream and sugar forever, but keep in mind that what you add to your coffee can impact its health benefits.
Read on to learn more about what happens to your liver when you drink coffee, and for tips on healthier eating, check out Surefire Ways to Protect Your Liver.
Liver fibrosis is a serious problem caused by the accumulation of too much scar tissue in the liver. Over time, this can affect liver function, but the mild stages of fibrosis can often be reversed through lifestyle changes and medications.
A study from The Journal of Hepatology found that drinking coffee (and tea) regularly could help reduce the risk of liver fibrosis. One of the ways to test for fibrosis is to measure liver stiffness and this study showed that coffee consumption was associated with less liver stiffness.
Your liver contains enzymes that speed up certain processes in your body, such as breaking down toxins, producing bile, and helping fight infections in the body. If your body produces too many of these enzymes, they could leak into the bloodstream, which could be a sign of liver disease or damage.
Research has shown that drinking coffee can lower liver enzyme concentrations, particularly in people who consume large amounts of alcohol. It has also been found to lower these enzymes in people at higher risk for liver disease.
Cirrhosis of the liver is the next and more severe stage of the previously mentioned liver scarring. Unfortunately, cirrhosis usually cannot be reversed as fibrosis can and can lead to many serious health complications.
Fortunately, coffee consumption has been linked to a reduction in cirrhosis. More specifically, research has shown that coffee can also help reduce the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis (later stage of alcoholic liver disease), as well as reduce the risk of mortality from alcoholic cirrhosis.
As you can see, consuming coffee can do wonders for your liver health. And according to the World Health Organization, drinking this delicious drink could also reduce the risk of liver cancer.
Other studies have shown that it not only has the potential to reduce the risk of liver cancer, but it may also be able to slow the progression of liver disease for some people.