Drinking Coffee Daily Slashes Your Liver Cancer Risk
Kali Coleman - BestLife
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January 6, 2022

Researchers say that coffee could have a protective effect on the liver (Sierra Club)

Every year, around 24,500 men and 10,000 women get liver cancer in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These numbers have been rising for several decades, and the overall survival rate for this type of cancer is low. The CDC reports that out of those yearly disease estimates, around 18,600 men and 9,000 women end of dying from the cancer.

There is only a 20 percent five-year relative survival rate for liver cancer in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). With that in mind, prevention is extremely important. As it turns out, simply adding a certain drink into your daily diet could be a good step in reducing your risk of liver cancer. Read on to find out what you should be drinking daily.

If you're a fan of drinking coffee on a daily basis, you might be in luck. A 2007 meta-analysis published in the Gastroenterology journal found that mounting evidence indicates that enlarging your coffee consumption could protect your liver. The researchers for the meta-analysis reviewed nine different studies that were published between 2002 and 2007, involving more than 241,000 individuals. According to the combined research, the 2007 study found that overall, increasing your consumption of coffee to two cups each day was associated with a 43 percent reduced risk of liver cancer.

The researchers said the lower risk of liver cancer in relation to coffee might be a result of broad liver protection. According to the study, coffee contains large amounts of antioxidants, such as chlorogenic acids, and caffeine, which could protect the liver from harm. The researchers also noted that a U.S. population-based study found that a higher intake of coffee was associated with a lower prevalence of abnormal alanine aminotransferase activity, which is a marker of liver injury.

"Therefore, the observed association of coffee consumption with liver cancer could potentially represent an association with liver disease," the researchers said. "Nevertheless, in a stratified analysis by history of liver disease, coffee consumption was inversely associated with risk of liver cancer both among those with and without a history of liver disease. This finding suggests that coffee drinking may lower the risk of liver cancer even after the acquisition of liver disease."

Early research suggests that two cups of coffee a day is enough to significantly reduce your liver cancer risk, but some researchers say you may actually want to drink a little more for the best effects. Researchers said the maximum benefit was found in people who drank three to four cups a day. While drinking less than this had lower effectiveness, drinking more than four cups was not associated with additional benefits.

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Notice: This content is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Please talk to your doctor or primary care provider before making any changes to your wellness routine.

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