Oct 26, 2021
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Three to four cups of coffee a day may reduce the likelihood of liver fibrosis

Experts analyzed data from 4,500 American adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and underwent elastometry, a diagnostic method that allows you to determine the degree of liver fibrosis by measuring the elasticity of its tissue.

Scientists have not found a link between coffee consumption and indicators of fatty liver, but found its effect on the stiffness of the tissues of this organ. Those who drank three or more cups a day had three times lower hardness scores compared to those who drank less or no coffee. In addition, coffee addicts have a significantly lower risk of developing progressive liver fibrosis.

Decaffeinated coffee did not have such a preventive effect, the study authors noted. They hypothesized that caffeine’s properties are at the core of this linkage mechanism.

Earlier, a large study involving almost half a million UK residents confirmed that three or more cups of coffee a day reduced the likelihood of developing chronic liver disease by 20%. The risk of mortality from these pathologies among coffee lovers is 49% lower.

Natural ground coffee has the greatest benefit. Instant and decaffeinated drinks also have a preventive effect, but to a lesser extent.

“These results are very important given the lack of effective strategies for the prevention and treatment of chronic liver disease,” concluded the study authors.

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