We love coffee. We drink it regardless of the health benefits that it may or may not bring us just because we love the taste and the way it gives us that energy boost we need to fully awake and start our day. There are plenty of studies demonstrating the health benefits of coffee, but what about decaf coffee? Recent studies show that decaf coffee is good for the liver, just as regular coffee is. Presumably, the caffeine was the healthy compound that helped the liver function properly. The recent study reveals that caffeine may not be the ingredient that was the helping one of our vital organ, the liver.
The recent study showing that decaf coffee is good for the liver involved data from about 28,000 people, aged 20 and older. The team of scientists was led by Dr. Qian Xiao from the National Cancer Institute and they examined the data and the coffee consumption info provided by the patients. Researchers also examined the blood levels of enzymes which are connected to the liver.
The recent study showing that decaf coffee is good for the liver was published in the journal called Hepatology. The study revealed that people who consume more than three cups of coffee daily have a lower level of a kind of enzymes, which shows that the liver is healthier. The study involved people who drank both regular and decaf coffee.
Dr. Xiao said that “Our findings link total and decaffeinated coffee intake to lower liver enzyme levels. These data suggest that ingredients in coffee, other than caffeine, may promote liver health. Further studies are needed to identify these components.”
The new study shows a connection between drinking coffee and a better liver health but it doesn’t show cause and effect. Previous studies have shown that coffee can help lower the risk of many diseases including diabetes, heart disease, cirrhosis or liver cancer.
Another specialist in hepatology, Dr. David Bernstein said that there are many studies which prove that drinking coffee can protect the liver and help prevent the growth of cancerous cells in the liver. The new study showing that decaf coffee is good for the liver raises the question, if caffeine is not the beneficial ingredient, than what makes decaf coffee liver friendly?