Coffee and Tea Reduces the Risk of Liver Disease or Cirrhosis
Updated: March 2022
Over a hundred years ago, many Japanese immigrated to Brazil, Bolivia, and Mexico, seeking for greener pasture as coffee planters. Of course, their main drinks were coffee and tea. We learned that most of them including the native workers never suffered from liver problems.
Quote from Reuters — "Coffee and tea may reduce the risk of serious liver damage in people who drink alcohol too much, are overweight, or have too much iron in the blood."
My study and survey continued and I found out that there may be some important role in coffee (not instant coffee) to prevent diseases, primarily liver problems. Me and my family drink a lot of green tea and coffee (not instant coffee) daily. We do not drink carbonated beverages at all.
Coffee Could Reduce the Risk of Cirrhosis
Coffee can counteract alcohol's poisonous effects on the liver and prevent cirrhosis and liver cancer.
- One cup of coffee a day cut the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis by 20%.
- Four cups of coffee a day reduce the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis by 80%.
Although it requires some more investigation, we believe that it is the caffeine that provides the protection.
Of course, the best way to avoid getting cirrhosis is not to drink a lot of coffee, but to cut down on the drinking of alcohol.
The same study found that coffee drinkers had healthier results on blood tests used to measure liver function. Coffee's effect on reducing liver enzymes in the blood was more apparent among the heavy drinkers in the study.