Coffee can prevent liver disease

If you didn’t already love a cup (or two) of coffee, then here’s one more reason to do so.

Coffee can prevent liver disease

If you didn’t already love a cup (or two) of coffee, then here’s one more reason to do so.

According to researchers at Monash University, drinking two or more cups of coffee each day will go a long way to preventing liver disease.

In fact, according to the research, two cups a day will even go as far as reducing the damage caused by hepatitis C by almost 13 per cent, whilst four cups can help reduce the symptoms of fatty liver disease by around 24 per cent. Fatty liver disease is the most common form of liver disease that affects around 40 per cent of Australians.

The health benefits of coffee can reduce the impact of liver disease, even when taking into account high risk factors such as being overweight, alcohol intake and smoking. 

“Certainly moderate amounts of coffee, depending on the liver disease you’re looking at, seem to be associated with less liver damage and probably less liver fat, as well,” says Dr Alex Hodge, a liver specialist at Monash Health.

Currently, 6 million Australians experience, or have experienced, some form of liver disease, the three most common forms being fatty liver disease, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

“The most striking results were found in patients with hepatitis C,” said Dr Hodge. “Two or more cups of coffee led to an improvement in their liver disease.”

The research adds to the ever increasing list of health benefits of coffee, but, interestingly, the same beneficial effects for the liver were not found for drinking tea.

And although past research suggests that caffeine may be the main catalyst for the health benefits of coffee, don’t discount the benefits of drinking decaffeinated coffee. 

“Decaffeinated coffee certainly has some effect, but certainly not to the degree that caffeinated coffee would have,” said Dr Hodge.

Do you enjoy a cup of coffee each day? How many cups do you drink each day? Do the results of this research motivate you to drink more? Or are you happy with your current intake?

Read the Monash University report.





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    jamesmn
    18th Nov 2015
    11:13am
    this Monash university would not know what day of the week it is a couple of weeks ago they said not to eat red meat or steaks who do they think they are they are so far out of touch.
    bletch
    18th Nov 2015
    11:19am
    For the first time in my life I am suffering from reflux which is really annoying.
    My doctor said stay away from coffee. Now someone else says that coffee is good for you...who the heck do we listen to as it changes nearly every week ???????
    Happy cyclist
    18th Nov 2015
    11:26am
    We are each responsible for our own health. Read widely and then think about how what you have read affects you. These articles speak generally. Its up to each of us to disseminate the information in relation to our own reality. In your case Bletch, if cutting out coffee stopped your reflux then clearly lay off coffee. If it did not, then on with the search for the answer. I'd suggest you give up fried food, if you are eating fried food. You need to start eliminating things to see what helps you and what doesn't. Don't expect magic bullets in the form of a single piece of advice. Sorry to be brutal.
    bletch
    18th Nov 2015
    11:37am
    I am open to suggestions as I am staying away from coffee and has had little effect on my reflux...I don't eat a lot of fried food either.
    I must admit that I enjoyed my coffee.....
    eggles01
    6th Jan 2017
    4:20pm
    Hi Bletch if you suffer reflux see your doctor and ask him/her to give you ==OMEPRAZOLE 20 mg== you probably wont believe me when I say I suffered severe reflux even just eating dry bread and only drank filtered water,I used to go to my local library reading medicines and medical drugs and came across this omeprazole and asked my doctor if I could try it not expecting anything to happen, but in 3 days of starting it I tried eating my favorite fruit/vegetable tomato and even raw onion does not give me any type of reflux now,I have been on this medication for over 20yrs and still no reflux,it is like living in solentry confinement and finally being released out into the sunlight,the only warning on the package that it contains "lactose and it is gluten free"they come in packs of 30,try it and it may be the end of that reflux,even google it and have a read of what comes up,dood luck

    18th Nov 2015
    12:36pm
    Monash must be trying to justify spending a lot of someone's money they got for a research grant with this overwhelmingly definitive conclusion. Next week it will be about eggs causing toe fungi, as e have heard about red and processed/manufactured meat just recently. The negative effects of coffee consumption with heart ailments is unmentioned.
    Polly Esther
    18th Nov 2015
    1:27pm
    I wish they would stop this rot, especially showing it on prime time news telecasts.
    It's not long ago they said coffee was bad for you, now it's good for you?
    Red meat was good for you and now its bad for you? Bacon and sausages have just had their turn as being real bad for you, waiting til they change their mind on that one also.
    The so called 'researchers' at Monash haven't got enough to do to occupy their days. How to better occupy their days? They should be made to write on the blackboard a hundred times each day, "We must stop making up porky pies about food, people don't take us seriously anyhow"
    jamesmn
    18th Nov 2015
    2:34pm
    the bottom line is anything you eat or drink in moderation is fine as for the Monash university they have to justify all of the money from grants that they are spending while actually doing nothing except telling a whole pack of lies and worrying people for no reason at all seeing they have that much time on their hands all of the grants to this organision should be stopped straight away and they should be made to repay the money from grants that has been misused asap.
    Suzie
    18th Nov 2015
    4:23pm
    Can anyone remember years ago when their grandma got up of a morning and heated a big frying pan of FAT not oil and fried bacon, chops eggs,steak for the men before they went off to work, lol and then us kids would have fried bread (we didn't have any problems way back then ......I'm 72
    Libby
    18th Nov 2015
    10:27pm
    Hear, hear! I certainly do remember our "good" days of a typical farmers or hard working men in other jobs and brekky was the most important food of the day besides porridge and us kids loved playing outside. We never got fat sitting inside watching television because there was no TV until 1956 (I think), and NO COMPUTERS! I also loved fried bread and we spread lard on our bread with a spinkle of salt so here we are still alive and kicking at 66. We NEVER had takeaways such as Kentucky Fried, MacDonalds etc. Our best takeaway meal was fish 'n chips! These were OUR good old days!
    Suzie
    18th Nov 2015
    4:25pm
    Maybe it was because worked hard manually and us kids played all day OUTSIDE !!
    Suzie
    18th Nov 2015
    4:26pm
    That should have read MEN worked hard ????
    Ageing but not getting old
    19th Nov 2015
    2:35am
    Are you implying that women DIDN'T work hard manually, taking care of the home and the kids, as well as sometimes other work back then? This was (more or less) before a lot of the automatic cleaning machines we have now; no dishwashers, old vacuums or manual carpet sweepers, mops & brooms, manual window cleaning, non-auto matic washing machines or mangles (!) , no clothes dryers. Irons didn't have steam and sometimes women just had irons they had to heat on a stove to work with. Things were made to last, and you could not afford to throw things out when they went a bit wonky; you just had to make do! Am I right, people?
    Suzie
    19th Nov 2015
    6:05am
    You right aging but not getting old , it's just that I can't remember ever seeing my gran eat a huge breakfast , maybe she just didn't have time because women stayed Home and did all those things , was unheard of to leave little kids in daycare and go to work cause there was no such thing as DAYCARE .you had kids you looked after them yourself and you were proud to do so.
    HOLA
    19th Nov 2015
    7:58am
    There was nothing better than a Sunday Lamb roast Mum used to put up for us. Those lovely brown roasted potatoes and baked pumpkin was delicious, and I might add, were all roasted in Lard Mum used to get from the Butchers. And talking about Coffee I was 18 when I had my first taste of it, at Reppins Coffee Lounge in George Street, near Martin Place, I thought I had gone to Heaven with the Cappuccino, and have been drinking it, in moderation, ever since.
    Suzie
    19th Nov 2015
    9:01am
    I remember my first taste of coffee if you could call it that ....it was""coffee and chickory"" was terrible ,mostly the old cup of tea fixed everything so it was put the Billy on and make REAL tea not the teabag variety, seemed to be a regular thing in most homes


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