If you enjoy a morning cup of joe, you may be at a lesser risk of liver cancer than your non-coffee drinking counterparts. And if you like a few cups of coffee in the morning, you could be cutting your risk of liver cancer even more. Daily coffee consumption could cut liver cancer risk by 40%, according to new research.
According to new research published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology:
“Our research confirms past claims that coffee is good for your health, and particularly the liver,” said Carlo La Vecchia, MD, study author. “The favorable effect of coffee on liver cancer might be mediated by coffee’s proven prevention of diabetes, a known risk factor for the disease, or for its beneficial effects on cirrhosis and liver enzymes.”
The researchers performed a meta-analysis of studies published between 1996 and 2012. A total of 16 “high quality” studies were used involving 3,153 cases.
What they found was that daily coffee consumption cuts liver cancer risk by a whopping 40%. Drinking three cups of coffee each day has an even more dramatic effect, reducing the risk of liver cancer by more than 50%.
While the research doesn’t establish a definite cause and effect relationship between coffee consumption and liver cancer risk, the link cannot be ignored.
Further, coffee is known to reduce the risk of diabetes. And because diabetes is a known risk factor for liver cancer, the hot steaming morning beverage could be having multiple beneficial and related health effects.
Of course this is far from the first story to praise coffee health benefits. Earlier this year, a study from Japan found that drinking coffee or tea on a daily basis can reduce stroke risk by about 20%. The data came from about 83,000 individuals ages 45 to 74.
The benefits of drinking coffee are many; studies exist linking coffee with:
- Protection against hardening of the arteries
- Decreased risk of depression
- Reduced risk and slowed progression of dementia
- Reduced risk of liver cancer
- Reduced risk of diabetes
If you are a coffee drinker and hope to reap all the benefits that these little beans offer, consider organically grown and processed coffee. Also, take a look at green coffee. Because green coffee beans have not been roasted, they maintain a higher concentration of antioxidants and may be able to deliver even better benefits than their brown counterparts.