Daily consumption of strong coffee minimizes risks for liver cancer

Daily consumption of strong coffee minimizes risks for liver cancer

A new study involving 8.2 million people and analyzing 24,500 liver cases from 34 different studies has linked increased consumption of coffee with reduced incidents of liver cancer. The research was published in the journal Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Liver Cancer by a team of researchers from the American Institute for Cancer Research Continuous Update project and the World Cancer Research Fund International.

The study among other things indicate that taking 2-3 cups of coffee everyday would cut down the risks of developing liver cancer by nearly half, and this is largely because coffee contains cancer-fighting agents as well as antioxidants that help deal with other health issues in the body.

It may act on liver enzymes that eliminate carcinogens, for example, said Stephen Hursting, researcher at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and one of the CUP expert panelists.

The researchers were also able to determine that diet, exercise, and lifestyle play a role in the influence of coffee on liver cancers. Also, the study finds that there is an association between being overweight or obesity and liver cancer and that since daily intake of strong coffee could minimize risks of having liver cancer; smoking and alcohol on the other hand could increase the chances of developing cancer of the liver.

This supports what research has pointed to - that there is a link between obesity and liver cancer, said Hillel Tobias, clinical professor in the Department of Gastroenterology at NYU Langone Medical Center and co-chair of the American Liver Foundation's national medical advisory committee.

Tobias further added that Lifestyle factors are important contributors to the development of liver cancer and even moderate changes in diet, alcohol consumption and exercise can prevent it. But liver cancer can also occur because of uncontrolled forms of hepatitis, including hepatitis C, which affects millions of people worldwide.

The large levels of caffeine and antioxidants in coffee are two compounds found effective in combating mood swings, memory lapses, strokes, and liver problems among others.

That means it's more important than ever to do what you can to get to a healthy weight: being active every day, putting plenty of plant foods like fruits, vegetables and grains on your plate and limiting or avoiding alcohol. The good news is that these same strategies lower risk for many other common cancers and chronic diseases, said AICR's Associate Director of Nutrition Programs Alice Bender.

Dr. Anne McTiernan, an epidemiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and her colleagues state that The finding provides the clearest indication to date of how many drinks actually cause liver cancer, and advise that men could take two cups of coffee daily and women just one cup to reduce their chances for having liver cancer.

Daily consumption of strong coffee minimizes risks for liver cancer

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