According to a recent study out of the United Kingdom, the regular consumption of coffee slashes the risk of liver cirrhosis by 44 percent. Cirrhosis occurs when the liver is scarred, most often caused by an excessive consumption of alcohol.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork is quick to highlight that this does not apply to people who might be battling alcoholism and drinking in high volumes.
“I do think for people out there who do have drinks of alcohol from time to time, it’s nice to know that your coffee consumption might have a liver protective effect,” he says.
Family medicine physician Dr. Rachael Ross points out, “It’s important to keep in mind, that once the liver is damaged… you can’t undo it.”
Dr. Stork adds, “I’m amazed at all the studies coming out about the positive effects of coffee. Obviously, you don’t want to overdo it. If you’re developing restlessness, insomnia, that’s too much coffee.”
Enjoy your cup of joe, but remember that moderation is key!