Study suggests drinking organic coffee can reduce liver cancer risk
(Natural News) A recent meta-analysis in BMJ Open revealed that drinking more cups of coffee a day may significantly reduce the risk of developing liver cancer. As part of the research, health experts at the University of Southampton and the University of Edinburgh in the U.K. pooled data from 26 studies with a total cohort population of more than 2.25 million participants.
The analysis revealed that people who drank at least one cup of coffee a day were 20 percent less likely to develop hepatocellular cancer compared with nondrinkers. The research team also found that participants who drank at least two cups per day had a 35 percent reduced odds of liver cancer. Participants who drank five cups were 50 percent less likely to develop the disease, the experts added. The research team also observed a protective effect in decaffeinated coffee. However, the protective effects were less pronounced in decaffeinated coffee compared with the caffeinated variety.
“It may be important for developing coffee as a lifestyle intervention in CLD (chronic liver disease), as decaffeinated coffee might be more acceptable to those who do not drink coffee or who limit their coffee consumption because of caffeine-related symptoms. We’re not suggesting that everyone should start drinking five cups of coffee a day though. There needs to be more investigation into the potential harms of high coffee-caffeine intake, and there is evidence it should be avoided in certain groups such as pregnant women. Nevertheless, our findings are an important development given the increasing evidence of HCC globally and its poor prognosis,” lead author Dr Oliver Kennedy said in Telegraph.co.uk.
“This new study adds to the growing body of evidence showing that drinking coffee is good for liver health and can reduce your risk of developing liver cancer. However, by the time most people have the signs and symptoms of liver damage, it is often too late. It’s therefore really important to reduce your risks of developing liver cancer and liver disease – not just by drinking coffee, but by reducing the amount of alcohol you drink, keeping to a healthy weight by exercising and eating well, and by avoiding the risks for viral hepatitis,” said Andrew Langford, Chief Executive of the British Liver Trust.