Coffee may help with liver damage from alcohol
Beyond just being an essential component in your hangover ritual, a cup of coffee may actually do the liver good.
A new study found that people who drink an extra two cups of coffee a day have a 44 percent lower risk of developing liver damage associated with over-indulging in alcohol.
That's solid, especially compared to people who only have one cup a day, which lowers your risk of cirrhosis by 22 percent.
Sadly, every year, cirrhosis of the liver kills more than one million people around the world.
What does your coffee order say about you?
Before you feel too relieved, this research doesn't mean your grande vanilla bean latte with extra whip cream can help you. It's only the actual coffee that helps.
The study didn't exactly pin down which of the hundreds of chemical compounds in coffee protect the liver, but the point is that it works.
Still, make sure to read the fine print: this only accounts for alcohol consumption, not other cirrhosis risk factors like obesity.
Another thing to keep in mind is that coffee cannot reverse damage already done from excess drinking.
Still, the next time someone gives you a hard time about that third cup of coffee, just tell them you're engaging in a little liver therapy.
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