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Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is a complication of liver damage which involves the loss of liver cells and irreversible scarring of the liver. Alcohol and viral Hepatitis B and C are common causes, although there are many others. Symptoms of cirrhosis include weakness, loss of appetite, easy bruising, jaundice, itching and fatigue.1

 

Impact of coffee on cirrhosis

  • Data analyzed from 9 studies on coffee’s effect on the effects of alcohol consumption
  • 8 out of 9 studies found that increasing coffee consumption each day reduced the risk of developing cirrhosis
  • 1 cup per day reduced risk of cirrhosis by 22%
  • 2 cups per day reduced risk of cirrhosis by 43%
  • 3 cups per day reduced risk of cirrhosis by 57%
  • 4 cups per day reduced risk of cirrhosis by 65%
  • Participants drinking filtered coffee had greater benefits than those drinking boiled

 

Dr Oliver Kennedy, a researcher from Southampton University lead a research team who analyzed the data from 9 studies on coffee’s effect on alcohol consumption. The studies included 430,000 participants. Of these, 1,990 were diagnosed with cirrhosis. 8 out of 9 studies found that increasing coffee consumption reduced the risk of developing cirrhosis. Compared to non-coffee drinkers, it was found that drinking 1 cup of coffee per day reduced the risk of cirrhosis by 22%, 2 cups of coffee per day reduced the risk of cirrhosis by 43%, 3 cups of coffee per day reduced the risk of cirrhosis by 57%, and finally, 4 cups of coffee per day reduced the risk of cirrhosis by 65%. Participants who drank filtered coffee had greater protective benefits than those who drank boiled coffee.2

 

Sources

           1 MedicineNet - Cirrhosis of the Liver: Cirrhosis Signs and Stages. 

         2 Medical Daily - Drinking Coffee May Protect The Liver From Cirrhosis