When you visit your neighborhood Costa Coffee, your first thoughts are more likely to be about enjoying a satisfying cup of espresso, cappuccino, or latte.
Your reasons can vary from starting the day with a hot cup of java, to rejuvenate your mind and body in the middle of a stressful day, or to reward yourself after a long day at work.
But did you know that a higher coffee intake has been found to reduce the risk of cirrhosis?
Indeed, aside from the already known health benefits of drinking coffee, such as reduced risks for Parkinson’s disease and certain types of cancer, researchers have established a link between higher coffee intake and lower risk for the late stage of scarring in the liver.
Analysis of Several Studies
In a study published in an online journal, researchers analyzed nine published reports that included results from more than 430,000 people. The goal: To determine the correlation, if any, between cirrhosis and coffee consumption at a certain level.
The researchers discovered that the higher the coffee consumption, the lower the risk of cirrhosis. Coffee drinkers who take 1-2 cups of java a day has 22 to 43 percent reduced risk for the serious medical condition, while people who consumed 3-4 cups of coffee a day had 57 to 65 percent reduced risk.
For people whose cirrhosis was linked to alcoholism, the daily intake of 2 cups per day was linked to 38 percent reduced risk for the liver scarring.
Possible Reason for Benefit
Antioxidants are natural and manmade molecules that delay, even prevent, the oxidation of other molecules in the body.
Oxidation refers to the chemical reaction resulting in the production of free radicals that, in turn, leads to the chain reactions causing damage to cells, tissues and organs.
Basically, the antioxidants in coffee can inhibit the damaging effects of free radicals on the liver.
But it must be emphasized that drinking cup after cup of delicious Costa Coffee products will not negate the negative effects of alcohol on the body. You have to remember that prolonged and frequent alcohol consumption has adverse effects on the body and brain.
So, go ahead and enjoy another cup of coffee! Just be sure to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, too, such as a balanced diet, moderate exercise, and sufficient sleep.