Can Coffee Cut the Risk of Liver Cancer?
Drink up! That warm brown fuel you drink every morning not only gives you a caffeine buzz, it can also greatly reduce your chances of developing liver cancer.
Researchers in Italy have found that a daily Cup of Joe can cut the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer, by about 40 percent. Furthermore, results indicated that three cups of coffee per day can reduce liver cancer risk by more than 50 percent.
The study was published in Clinical Gastronenterology and Hepatology. “Our research confirms past claims that coffee is good for your health, and particularly the liver,” said Carlo La Vecchia, study author from the department of epidemiology, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri,” and department of clinical sciences and community health, Università degli Studi di Milan, Italy.
He continued, “The favorable effect of coffee on liver cancer might be mediated by coffee’s proven prevention of diabetes, a known risk factor for the disease, or for its beneficial effects on cirrhosis and liver enzymes.”
Liver cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world and the third most common cause of cancer death. HCC causes more than 90 percent of all liver cancer cases.
The results from the Italian study reaffirm previous findings of the health benefits of coffee drinking. Not only does it prevent you from becoming a caffeine-deprived monster, it really does the body good (via Huffington Post):
- A large 2012 study found that three or more cups a day could lower the the risk of death regardless of whether participants drank caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee.
- It keeps your reproductive systems healthy. A 2011 study found that men who drank at least six or more cups a day reduced their risk of prostate cancer by 20 percent. Another study found that women who consumed four or more cups had a 25 percent lower risk of endometrial cancer.
- It lowers your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. A compound in coffee helps block a substance in the body called human islet amyloid polypeptide that may play a role in the development of diabetes.
- Coffee drinkers are more likely to resist development of dementia and Alzheimer's later in life according to a 2009 study.
- It's good for your skin. A study in the journal Cancer Research demonstrated that coffee drinkers had a lower risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, the most diagnosed form of skin cancer.
How many cups of coffee do YOU drink a day?