A recent study suggests that drinking two cups of coffee a day may help reduce the risk of liver cirrhosis, but some doctors say the effects may be overestimated.
Cirrhosis is a disease in which the liver begins to deteriorate and is unable to function normally, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. The disease causes more than one million deaths per year in the country.
The study, however, comes with a warning.
Dr. Jamile Wakim-Fleming of the Cleveland Clinic was not part of the study that looked at the potential benefits of coffee on liver health. But she says it’s important to remember that the drink isn’t potent enough to thwart lifestyle choices that damage the liver.
âGo ahead and say the coffee is going to reverse all the damage to the liver and keep you from having a transplant or dying because you’re drinking more coffee right now, or (to say) ‘Go ahead and do it. what you want to do – take drugs and drink alcohol because the coffee will fix it, “is the wrong message,” Wakim-Fleming said.
Cirrhosis of the liver is often caused by excessive alcohol consumption. It can also be caused by drugs and viral infections such as hepatitis B and C, all of which can cause chronic inflammation of the liver.
Researchers analyzed previous studies to see how adding two or more cups of coffee per day could impact your chances of developing liver disease.
They found an association between increased coffee consumption and a significant reduction in the risk of cirrhosis.
Wakim-Fleming says the study is a good place to start, but it has limitations.
âWhat we put in the coffee, we can change the whole perspective because if you throw out the sugars and the milk, you’re probably destroying the benefits,â Wakim-Fleming said.
She also cautions: Don’t add too much sugar and cream as they can increase your risk of developing cardiovascular problems.
Other studies on the health benefits of coffee suggest that it also offers some protection against type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.
Research has also shown that coffee can increase metabolic rate by 3-11%, which means it helps burn fat, that is, if not combined with cream. and sugar.