The morning after you drink too many cocktails, remember to down extra coffee, too – for your liver’s sake.
Yes it’s true!
Drinking two more cups of coffee each day may dramatically lessen the odds of the liver damage caused by excessive alcohol, researchers found.
The liver primarily processes nutrients from food, makes bile, removes toxins from the body and builds proteins.
It’s easy to see how inflammation of the liver, or hepatitis, interferes with these important functions and can lead to poor health and risk of developing a range of liver diseases – including cancer, fibrosis (scar tissue that builds up within the liver) and cirrhosis (the result of a long-term build up of scar tissue within the liver).
Cirrhosis is potentially fatal and there is no cure as such.
More than 1 million people die annually from it, according to the study co-authored by Dr. Oliver Kennedy of Southampton University.
How coffee helps the liver?
Caffeine metabolizes into a substance called paraxanthine, which is associated with liver health.
The general theory behind coffee’s success is that paraxanthine prevents the growth of connective tissue, so the development of fibrosis (the formation of excess connective tissue that disrupts the organ’s function) is postponed.
It is currently believed that drinking coffee can bring the following benefits:
– Protection against liver disease, including liver cancer.
– Protection against Parkinson’s disease.
– Protection against type 2 diabetes.
– Improved cognitive function.Lower risk of depression.
– Support to people already suffering from chronic liver disease, liver cancer, cirrhosis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
While it’s possible coffee could ward off the same disease caused by heavy drinking, it’s not potent enough to cancel out such drinking – or any lifestyle choices that lead to the disease.