In addition to tasting great and keeping you alert, that morning cup of coffee just might be good for your liver.
According to a new study in the journal Hepatology, increased caffeine consumption could reduce fatty liver in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition found in 70 percent of people diagnosed with diabetes. The only current treatments for NAFLD are diet and exercise.
National University of Singapore and Duke University found that caffeine stimulates the breakdown of lipids stored in liver cells and lowers the fatty liver of mice that were given a high-fat diet. The findings indicate that drinking four cups of coffee or tea a day may be beneficial in guarding against the progression of NAFLD in humans, the researchers said.
“This result is surprising,” Rob van Dam, an epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health, told NPR, “because results from other cohort studies in US men and women suggest that coffee consumption is associated with a slightly lower risk of premature mortality.”
“The older people, over 55, were not affected by these high amounts of coffee,” said co-author Dr. Chip Lavie, a cardiologist at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans.
So, take just few cups of coffee but not too many , then that can be bad .