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Coffee Good for Your Liver: Study

By    |   Thursday, 09 October 2014 03:53 PM

Coffee — both regular and decaf — has been shown to boost liver health in new research by the National Cancer Institute.
In a study published in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, NCI scientists found people who consumer higher levels of coffee, regardless of caffeine content, have lower levels of abnormal liver enzymes.
This suggests that chemical compounds in coffee other than caffeine may help protect the liver.
"Prior research found that drinking coffee may have a possible protective effect on the liver. However, the evidence is not clear if that benefit may extend to decaffeinated coffee," said lead researcher Qian Xiao, M.D.
More than half of all Americans adults drink on average three cups each day according to a 2010 report from the National Coffee Association. Past studies have found that coffee consumption may help lower the risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. But much of that research hasn’t identified the culprits in coffee’s health-boosting effects.
For the latest study researchers used data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES, 1999-2010), which tracked 27,793 adults. The survey tracked coffee consumption and blood levels of several markers of liver function.
The results showed people who reported drinking three or more cups of coffee per day had lower levels of abnormal makers than those not consuming any coffee. Researchers also found low levels of these liver enzymes in participants drinking only decaffeinated coffee.
"Our findings link total and decaffeinated coffee intake to lower liver enzyme levels,” said Dr. Xiao. “These data suggest that ingredients in coffee, other than caffeine, may promote liver health. Further studies are needed to identify these components."

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