Does Drinking Coffee Improve Liver Function?

Does Drinking Coffee Improve Liver Function?

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A recent study, published by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, showed that people who drank three cups of coffee a day had lower liver enzyme levels circulating in the blood compared to those who didn’t drink coffee.  Similar effects were seen in those who only drank decaffeinated coffee as well.  The study took into account dietary factors, age, sex, race, smoking and alcohol consumption among the 27,793 participants.  The reason for these effects are still unknown, but may involve one or more of the thousands of natural compounds found in coffee.

The liver is a vital organ responsible for detoxifying the blood and plays a large role in digestion and metabolism.  Liver enzymes are used as markers during blood tests to tract healthy liver function, and can often signal the presence of certain diseases like hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver cancer or nonalcoholic fatty liver disease if enzyme levels become too high.

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