All coffees may be good for liver
Both decaffeinated and caffeinated coffee may help your liver resist disease, according to a new study from the National Cancer Institute.
Previous research has shown that drinking coffee may have numerous health benefits, including lowering risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, liver disease and liver cancer. In the new study, scientists focused primarily on whether drinking decaf coffee holds the same benefits.
The researchers collected data on about 27,800 people ages 20 and older, which included how much coffee they said they had consumed over a 24-hour period. They also collected blood samples in order to examine the participants' liver health.
The study's findings, published in the journal Hepatology, showed that people who reported drinking three or more cups of coffee a day had fewer signs of liver damage or inflammation, when compared with those who drank no coffee. Furthermore, the researchers found that the findings remained consistent whether the participants drank decaf or regular coffee.
Additional studies are needed to determine what specific component in coffee helps protect the liver.