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Coffee helps in fight against liver disease

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The latest research continues to show that drinking coffee as part of a well balanced diet can have a beneficial effect on your health. The latest study from Southampton University into liver disease seems to indicate that drinking coffee may assist in reducing the kind of liver damage associated with overindulging in food and alcohol.

Data collated from nine previously published studies was re-examined during the study. Over 430,000 participants across these studies saw that drinking two extra cups of coffee a day was linked with a 44 percent lower risk of developing the potentially fatal condition liver cirrhosis.

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Cirrhosis is a condition that through the ingestion of potentially harmful amounts of rich food and alcohol the liver is scarred and becomes un-repairable as the tissue hardens. Over 1 million people every year die as a result of this condition that is strongly linked with obesity and diabetes.

In eight of the nine studies increasing coffee consumption by two cups a day was associated with a significant reduction in the risk of cirrhosis.

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Compared to no coffee consumption, researchers estimated one cup a day was tied to a 22 percent lower risk of cirrhosis. With two cups, the risk dropped by 43 percent, while it declined 57 percent for three cups and 65 percent with four cups.

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But before you rush out and order a full fat frothy caramel latte in your lunch everyone should remember that avoiding high sugar and fat products is a good way to avoid liver disease. Also remember that coffee isn’t powerful enough to counteract lifestyle choices that can severely damage the liver.

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