Study suggests drinking coffee may prevent liver cancer

Study suggests drinking coffee may prevent liver cancer

Aside from its well-known powers to combat drowsiness due to its caffeine content, coffee consumption has been demonstrated in numerous medical studies as providing positive health benefits - for example, it reduces the risk of developing both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and also lowers the risk of colorectal cancer. Coffee has also previously been demonstrated to reduce the risk of poor liver health (particularly cirrhosis); however, a new study from Edinburgh and Southampton universities has found that coffee consumption is linked to a reduction in the risk of liver cancer. 

After examining data from 26 observational studies involving more than 2.25 million participants, researchers found that drinking one cup more of caffeinated coffee a day was associated with a 20% reduction in the risk of developing HCC (hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common form of liver cancer), two cups more with a 35% reduction, and up to five cups with a halving of the risk. The protection was found to be the same for both existing coffee-drinkers and those who didn’t usually drink it, and the more coffee consumed the greater the effect – although there was little data available above five cups a day. Decaffeinated coffee was also found to have a beneficial though less marked effect.

Although researchers stress that further investigation into the topic is required, it is believed that the reduction of liver cancer risk in regular coffee drinkers is due to the compound molecules found in coffee which possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic and other beneficial properties. These same molecules are also believed to be the key to coffee’s demonstrated ability to reduce the risk of various other chronic diseases.

After lung cancer, liver cancer globally causes more deaths than any other cancer due to its relatively high frequency, low survival rate and limited treatment options. Moreover, liver cancer typically develops following years of poor liver health - as such, the most effective treatment of liver cancer typically lies in its prevention.

With this in mind, perhaps we should heed the advice of this study’s author, Professor Peter Hayes of the University of Edinburgh, who noted that: “Our research adds to the evidence that, in moderation, coffee can be a wonderful natural medicine.” So, why don’t you go and buy some of our wonderful natural medicine - just click here!

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