NUTRITION&FOOD Published March28, 2015 By Staff Writer

Coffee Can Cut the Risk of Liver Damage Even if You Love Drinking

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Do you love to drink alcohol? Then definitely sounds great news to you.

There's a good reason why health councils are discouraging you from drinking too much alcohol: aside from the fact that it can reduce your cognitive function, it leads to chronic liver damage. That can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Interestingly, there's another type of drink that may offset that damage: coffee!

Coffee has been a subject of heavy arguments among health advocates and coffee lovers. While it's incredibly rich in antioxidants, it also has a number of cons. That's why a person should not drink a lot of coffee a day.

But based on the research by a team from World Cancer Research Fund, drinking 3 cups of coffee a day can actually offset the effects of hard drinking. This remains true even if a person drinks alcohol three times a day.

This is according to the analyses of more than the 32 previous studies and the health records of no less than 8 million adults and over 20,000 liver cancer cases.

Although the team isn't really sure of the quality of coffee that can protect the liver, they believe that the components of the coffee beans can protect the body from chronic inflammation. That includes the liver.

Most of the reviewed studies were performed in lab animals, but some evidence also exists during human trials.

If you want to read the entire analysis, you can read the recent Liver Cancer Report. The same report also highlights a possible cause of liver cancer that seems to be often overlooked.

This is called alflatoxin, a kind of toxin that is created by two types of molds, namely, Aspergillus parasiticus and Aspergillus flavus. These molds are commonly present in grains, wheat, and rice that are grown in developing countries. They usually develop when the environment is stressful for the plants. 

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