Caffeine May Help Decrease Risk of Fatty Liver Disease

Consume or not to consume caffeine – that is the question. Caffeine does have some negative health effects like increased heart rate and blood pressure and irregular heartbeat. Usually these bad side effects occur with excessive drinking of caffeinated drinks.

Drinking coffee or tea in moderation, however, does have health benefits. According to Harvard Health, moderate consumption of caffeine can
• Lower the risk for type 2 diabetes
• Reduce the risk of developing gallstones
• Decrease the risk of colon cancer
• Improve cognitive function
• Reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease
• And improve the performance in long duration physical activities

Now a new study conducted by researchers of Duke Singapore indicates that caffeine may help reduce fatty liver disease. Their study shows that caffeine reduces fatty liver in mice fed a high fat diet. During the study the mice consumed the amount of caffeine equivalent to drinking about 4 cups of coffee a day.

Caffeine is not a cure for fatty liver, but it appears that it may provide protection from the progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in humans. NAFLD is the type of fatty liver that develops for reasons other than excessive alcohol consumption.

So feel less guilty about drinking that extra cup of coffee or tea. But don’t overdo it. A little caffeine is good, but a lot is bad. Drink a few cups of coffee or tea a day, and enjoy its health benefits.

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