Research Shows Coffee Decreases Risk of Liver Cancer

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_0d9e5ecdef.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Three cups of coffee a day might not be good for your nerves, but researchers say it has a dramatic effect in reducing liver cancer. Research published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association, shows coffee consumption reduces the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer, by about 40 percent.

Furthermore, some of the data indicates that three cups of coffee per day can reduce liver cancer risk by more than 50 percent.

Researchers analyzed medical articles from 1996 through September 2012 that reviewed 16 studies and a total of 3,153 cases.

“Our research confirms past claims that coffee is good for your health, and particularly the liver,” said Carlo La Vecchia, MD, study author from the department of epidemiology, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche in Italy.

“The favorable effect of coffee on liver cancer might be mediated by coffee’s proven prevention of diabetes, a known risk factor for the disease, or for its beneficial effects on cirrhosis and liver enzymes,” Dr. La Vecchia said.

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