Liver Disease? Ward it off with coffee
New York: Consuming Coffee regularly may lower the risk of alcohol-related liver disease in men, a study claims.
“Our findings suggest a possible protective effect for coffee intake in alcohol consumers,” said study researcher Dr. Onni Niemelä, of Seinäjoki Central Hospital and the University of Tampere in Finland.
According to research published by the Mayo Clinic, heavy intake of this popular beverage coffee could lower the chance of contracting primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), an autoimmune liver disease in men who drink alcohol.
According to the study consuming coffee is not the way out of avoiding liver diseases reducing alcohol intake is the only way to avoid liver damage.
During the study nearly 19,000 Finnish men and women aged between 25 and 74 were asked thoroughly by the researchers about their coffee and alcohol consumption. Researchers even measured participants’ blood levels of the liver enzyme gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT), a daily reported. Drinking alcohol regularly ups the level of GGT in blood. The level of GGT is always shown high in people with liver disease.
Reportedly, men who drink average 3.5 alcoholic drinks daily has the highest level of GGT enzyme about three times higher than persons who don’t consume alcohol in their blood.
The level of GGT was found lower in men who drank both alcohol and coffee than those who only drank alcohol. Drinking five cups of coffee daily showed 50 percent reduction in GGT compared with men who avoided coffee, study said. But tea was not found to be associated with a decreased risk of liver cirrhosis. Surprisingly when it comes to female alcohol drinkers researchers did not find any notable relation between coffee consumption and GGT level.
The study was published in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism.