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Can Drinking Caffeinated Beverages Assist In Protecting The Liver?

January 12, 2010 by  

Can drinking caffeinated beverages assist in protecting the liver? According to a recent study, caffeine consumption may be associated with milder liver fibrosis in patients suffering from chronic hepatitis C.

Researchers at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) found that 308 mg of caffeine, or approximately 2.5 cups of coffee, may have a therapeutic effect on patients afflicted with the disease.

The study found that respondents with a moderate level of fibrosis averaged a caffeine intake of 212 mg per day while patients with severe levels of liver scarring consumed only 154 mg on a daily basis.

For each 67 mg increase in the compound, participants saw a 14 percent decrease in the odds of having advanced fibrosis.

"From data collected to date it remains unclear whether coffee itself or caffeine provides the beneficial effect," said lead author Apurva Modi.

Approximately 71 percent of total caffeine consumed in the study was associated with coffee. Researchers are still unclear whether soft drinks, tea and cocoa include beneficial properties.
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  • http://victorbarney@embarqmail.com Victor L Barney

    GREAT!!!

    I LOVE MY COFFEE, STRAIGHT!!!

    • http://personallibertydigest joe oconnor

      God gave us alchohol, coffee and livers. This is just another scare, like global warming.
      Coffee gives you a jumpstart and energy.
      The liver cleans our system.
      Alchohol makes us smile and friendly.
      Global warming makes it very cold and snowy.
      See? it is all just hype for the government to steal our money

  • http://iaapa.org Jay Kalathil

    Everything is good “in moderation” especially natural substance.

  • Diana Baria

    Good to know something I do is good for me! I love my coffee and my liver!

  • jim

    What if I put irish whisky in my coffee? Does it take the risk away from the liver damage caused by whisky?

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Gene

    Dear Friends…
    I’m a coffee drinker but i’m also interested in taking care of my health. I find it difficult to figure out what the truth is about this product. There are a lot of articles being published now-a-days saying that coffee has many good qualities. But on the other hand there are also some that say the opposite. It’s difficult to know what to believe.

  • gofer

    My grandfather brewed extremely strong coffee and then put 2 teaspoons of instant coffee in the cup. It was strong enough to walk. He also had biscuits and “red-eye” gravy for breakfast with some honey. He also religiously took his “One-A-Day” vitamin. He was a skinny guy. He died in 1968, at age 95, while running a tiller planting his garden.

    • coal miner

      gofer,

      You are right, I have being drinking coffee since I was eight.I am seventy nine.

  • Richard Youngman

    I’m genetically disposed to Cardiovascular disease & had triple bypass surgery. I have a very sensitive bowel & am developing more abdominal stress. At 68, I’m worried about Alzheimer’s disease,& liver failure.
    What is the lesser of the “evils”to improve these health issues.
    I don’t want to, necessarily live long, but live well.
    I’m on meds. for heart issues.
    What about coffee, and other foods and supplements, like, ‘Ruby Red’ for a fruit supplement, or Metamucil for the bowel?
    I also have Celiac disease.
    Help me not to break the bank on supplements.

    • Ron

      Hi Richard
      Sorry to here about your health issues. If I were you go to
      knowthecause.com and watch the video clips & read all you can and if you can watch his TV show contact him and his advertisers and you will figure out what you need to do so your body will heal.
      Enjoy the learning!

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