‘Coffee and the liver – the potential health benefits’

Has anybody hear of this?

Regularly drinking moderate amounts of coffee may prevent liver cancer – the World Health Organisation has recently confirmed this reduced risk after reviewing more than 1,000 studies in humans.

Coffee also lowers the risk of other liver conditions including fibrosis (scar tissue that builds up within the liver) and cirrhosis.

Drinking coffee can slow the progression of liver disease in some patients

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  • Find this hard to believe

    My hubby drank fair amount of coffee

    Had cirrhosis and many liver tumours pre transplant mi

  • I'm very sorry about your husband.

    They had done numerous test and I believe it could benefit some people.

  • Multiple studies have shown that coffee can lower the risk of cirrhosis by as much as 80%, the strongest effect for those who drank 4 or more cups per day.

    Coffee may also lower the risk of liver cancer by around 40%

  • Hubby was told to start drinking coffee by transplant unit because as you say there has been research to show it has positive effects on numerous conditions including those of the liver. The British Liver Trust shared news of this research last year and it can still be found online at:- britishlivertrust.org.uk/co...


  • Hi Katie,

    I hope your husband is doing well after his transplant,

    I just think that anything that have the potential of helping it's worth a try.

  • Hubby hasn't had a transplant. He was listed in June 2014 but delisted May 2015 as he was deemed to be doing too well so it took him out of the criteria for transplant. He is still being monitored by doctors at transplant hospital although not currently under the transplant team - in case the need for transplant rearises.

    In his case they discovered he had aneurysms in his splenic artery due to portal hypertension - he had an embolisation operation which in effect killed off his spleen (almost total splenic infarction) which had the knock on effect of reducing portal hypertension, increasing platelet numbers and improving blood clotting time and improving his liver haemotology so he is actually stable at present although still groggy with chronic fatigue and minor HE symptoms.


  • I'm so sorry to hear all that Katie, I cannot imagine all you are going through.

    I hope your husband get well. Mayte oxoxo

  • I have been told to start drinking coffee by my heptologist as it has a cleansing effect on the liver.

  • I like my coffee and drink a moderate amount. I've heard from a few sources that it is beneficial to your liver but to be honest I take all that with a pinch of salt. Happens too often one minute something is good for you and then it isn't.

  • My husbands hepatologist said to drink coffee his words were coffee coffee coffee so my husband had increased his intake of coffee as well as healthy diet so will see if any changes in next scan

  • Yes my liver specialist told me to start drinking coffee (I don't like tea or coffee) so he suggest caffeine tablets.

  • This is very interesting, but does it matter what "sort" of Coffee i.e. will instant coffee suffice or does it have to be "proper" coffee and also, does coffee of the decaffeinated variety count?

  • livescience.com/48228-coffe...

    This page seems to imply that decaff can be just as good.

    I for once can't drink coffee, it gives me the jitters and it keeps me awake

  • Yes several studies have shown coffee consumption is linked to protection against liver cancer and fibrosis caused by alcohol but it doesn't appear to protect against fibrosis caused by other agents like viruses.

  • Fantastic news about coffee.

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