Drinking coffee is a part of the morning routine of many people but most of them are not aware of its health benefits. A recent showed that drinking multiple cups of coffee every day can significantly reduce the risk of chronic liver disease. According to this study, people who drink 3 to 4 cups of coffee every day have a 21% lower risk of developing this disease. Meanwhile, they are 49% less likely to die of this condition.
The research appeared recently in the BMC Public Health journal.
Dr. Oliver Kennedy, the author of this study suggested that the results of this study show that we may use coffee as a preventive measure against chronic liver disease. Also, Dr. Kennedy said coffee is widely available all across the world, even in third-world countries where the rate of this disease is the highest.
There are many risk factors in daily life that can lead to chronic liver disease. Some of these factors include drinking excessive alcohol, smoking, overweight, diabetes, hepatitis, and fatty liver disease. In fatty liver disease, fat accumulates in the cells of the liver and hinders its functions. This disease is not a consequence of drinking alcohol but it can lead to chronic liver problems.
The recent study took data from the UK Biobank to examine the coffee intake of 494,584 participants. Later, they followed that cases for more than a decade to note the effects of coffee consumption on their health.
The research team observed the maximum benefits in the participants who consumed ground coffee instead of instant coffee. They also noticed that the benefits appeared more or less the same for caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. Also, ground coffee is rich in antioxidants that lower inflammation in the body.
Previously, many studies showed the health benefits of coffee against several illnesses. It not only lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes but helps eliminate factors that lead to skin cancer. Moreover, it is beneficial for preventing Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, prostate cancer, and other chronic diseases.
According to the American Heart Association, the additives in coffee such as milk and sugar can negate its health benefits. Most of the studies conducted on the health benefits of coffee involve participants who drink back coffee. Therefore, the regular consumption of nondairy and sugary additives can do more harm than good.
Researchers also advise against overconsumption of coffee as it can lead to negative effects. The high intake of caffeine poses serious side effects and can distort the sleeping pattern. It is also linked to symptoms of restlessness and dizziness. People who take more than 4 cups of coffee every day also report headaches, dehydration, and anxiety.
The results of this research are only applicable to adults over the age of 18 years. Researchers do not recommend the consumption of caffeine in the form of coffee or any energy drink for children or adolescents. Also, people with health conditions such as diabetes or insomnia should consult a doctor before incorporating coffee in their diet.