It’s the morning after a big night out and you’re looking for something, anything to make up for all the damage you did to your liver the night before. Before you go and make yourself some “tried-and-true” green juice recipe off Pinterest, the answer might lie in a drink you consume on a regular basis.
According to Reuters, researchers have found that coffee may reduce the effects of excessive alcohol consumption and overeating.
After pulling together and analyzing data from nine previous studies, researchers found that “drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was linked to a 44 percent lower risk of developing liver cirrhosis.” Cirrhosis is a condition where the liver stops functioning properly due to long-term damage; the disease can be caused by chronic alcohol abuse, hepatitis, and fatty liver disease. The New York Post notes that the disease can be fatal and kills one million people worldwide every year.
Lead study author Dr. Oliver Kennedy found that the more coffee a person drank, the lower the risk the person had for cirrhosis. The New York Post explains, “Researchers estimated one cup a day was tied to a 22 percent lower risk of cirrhosis. With two cups, the risk dropped by 43 percent, while it declined 57 percent for three cups and 65 percent with four cups.” The research does not specify what type of coffee is most beneficial—but Kennedy notes that you should not interpret “coffee” to mean Caramel Mocha Frappuccinos from Starbucks.
[via New York Post]