Coffee (Even Decaf) Cuts Liver Cancer Risk
Just one cup of coffee a day may reduce the risk for the most common type of liver cancer—hepatocellular cancer—by about 20 percent. Drinking five cups a day appears to slash the risk in half, according to research was conducted at the University of Southampton in the U.K.. The findings were published in BMJ Open.
People who have chronic liver disease (hepatitis, for example) are at increased risk for developing liver cancer. According to the lead study author, Dr. Oliver Kennedy, and his research team, coffee can decrease liver cancer risk even in people with existing liver damage.
Researchers analyzed information from more than 26 observational studies involving about 2.25 million adults. Their findings support earlier studies suggesting coffee lowers liver cancer risk, perhaps due to the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic compounds it contains. Decaf coffee also reduces liver cancer risk, but it appears to have less of an effect than regular coffee.