Coffee and the Liver

First let’s talk about the good news—the possible health benefits:

Liver Fibrosis / HCV Disease Progression: In a review of 177 patients—121 patients with HCV who drank about 2 ¼ cups of coffee a day were found to have reduced levels of liver fibrosis. The results were only found in those who drank caffeinated coffee.

In another review, 766 participants in the Hepatitis C Antiviral Long-Term Treatment against Cirrhosis (HALT-C) trial found more good news. Those who had hepatitis C-related bridging fibrosis or cirrhosis on a liver biopsy and who failed to achieve a cure after being treated with pegylated interferon and ribavirin therapy also yielded some surprising results. Those with advanced liver disease who regularly consumed coffee were found to have lower rates of HCV disease progression.

Liver Cancer: A small study found that people who drank one to three cups of coffee a day had a 29% lower risk of developing liver cancer compared to those who drank 6 cups or less a week. Another study which reviewed 16 different studies involving over 3,200 patients found that drinking more than 3 cups of coffee a day might cut the risk of liver cancer by up to 50%.

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  • Having liver nodules,Is it ok to drink coffee?

  • Yes you may. Several research studies have suggested that coffee has a beneficial effect on the liver and reduces the risk of developing HCC. For those with liver damage (who enjoy coffee) drinking two to five cups a day may be of benefit. The way in which coffee affects the liver is still being investigated.

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