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We’d all love to believe that our morning cup of coffee really is the best thing for us when we’re struggling to keep our eyes open at 7am on a weekday morning.
However, the general consensus is that we should keep our coffee intake to a minimum, given the fact that it contains caffeine – which can do more harm than good to our mood.
However, a recent study has found that our daily (or hourly…) caffeine habit could actually be instrumental in reducing the risk of one of the biggest cancers out there, liver cancer.
The study, conducted by the University of Southampton and the University of Edinburgh, took a look at data from over 26 previous studies, and over 2.25 million participants. The researchers found that drinking two cups of the good stuff a day could decrease our risk of liver cancer by a third.
Those in the study who had drunk two cups a day were found to be 35% less at risk, where those who drank a huge five cups a day, the risk was halved.
They discovered that people who drink more coffee are less likely to develop hepatocellular cancer (HCC), the most common form of primary liver cancer. And it seems that decaffeinated coffee could even do the trick aswell!
The authors of the study have said, “It may be important for developing coffee as a lifestyle intervention in CLD (chronic liver disease), as decaffeinated coffee might be more acceptable to those who do not drink coffee or who limit their coffee consumption because of caffeine-related symptoms.”
Dr Oliver Kennedy, from the University of Southampton, has said: “Coffee is widely believed to possess a range of health benefits, and these latest findings suggest it could have a significant effect on liver cancer risk.
However, Dr Kennedy did say that people should still be cautious with how much coffee they were drinking.
He admitted, “We’re not suggesting that everyone should start drinking five cups of coffee a day though. There needs to be more investigation into the potential harms of high coffee-caffeine intake, and there is evidence it should be avoided in certain groups such as pregnant women.
“Nevertheless, our findings are an important development given the increasing evidence of HCC globally and its poor prognosis.”
Professor Peter Hayes, from the University of Edinburgh, has also said, “Coffee has also been reported to reduce the risk of death from many other causes. Our research adds to the evidence that, in moderation, coffee can be a wonderful natural medicine.”
Well, you don’t need to tell us twice…