Coffee Lowers Risk for Liver Disease

British researchers report that coffee of all kinds may reduce your risk for chronic liver disease.

Whether your java jolt is caffeinated or decaffeinated, ground or instant, makes no difference in its apparent power to ward off all sorts of liver disease

All types of coffee seem to be protective against severe liver disease," said senior researcher Dr. Paul Roderick, a professor of public health at the University of Southampton.

"But further research is needed before we can recommend to the public starting to drink coffee or increasing the amount for liver health reasons."

He emphasized that this study doesn't prove coffee prevents liver disease, only that there appears to be a link.

Other attributes of coffee drinkers might be associated with liver disease risk, and we may not have taken these into account."

The biggest benefit was seen among devotees of ground coffee, which has high levels of kahweol and cafestol, natural chemical compounds from coffee beans.

The British authors noted that coffee is readily available and that these findings suggest it may be a potential preventive treatment for chronic liver disease.

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