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Drinking Coffee May Cut Risk of Chronic Liver Disease

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New research is suggesting that drinking coffee may be linked to a reduction in chronic liver disease.

Researchers at the Universities of Southampton and Edinburgh found that those who consumed caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee had a reduced risk of developing chronic liver disease compared to those who didn’t drink the beverage.

The study found that the benefit peaked when people drank three to four cups of coffee per day and in particular amongst those consuming ground coffee, which contains high levels of Kahweol and cafestol.

According to numerous media outlets, the study found coffee drinkers had a 21 percent reduced risk of chronic liver disease, a 20 percent risk of chronic or fatty liver disease, and a 49 percent reduced risk of dying from chronic liver disease compared to non-coffee drinkers.

“Coffee is widely accessible and the benefits we see from our study may mean it could offer a potential preventative treatment for chronic liver disease,” lead author, Dr. Oliver Kennedy, said in a statement. “This would be especially valuable in countries with lower income and worse access to healthcare and where the burden of chronic liver disease is highest.”