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Drinking coffee protects from dangerous liver cancer

Drinking coffee protects from dangerous liver cancer, according to new research from the UK. Coffee lovers, time to rejoice!

Coffee has shown much health benefits lately and is a huge part of the American lifestyle. According to Harvard research, 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day.

The beverage used to be very controversial, as some believed that it caused cancer. In June of last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) finally cleared it up once and for all that coffee does not cause cancer.

The new study shows that drinking just one cup of coffee a day can decrease your risk of developing a serious type of liver cancer called hepatocellular (HCC).

One cup a day lowers risk by 19 percent, but if you drink more, the risk gets even lower, according to the study.

Medical News Today reports:

“The researchers came to their conclusion by conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis of more than 26 observational studies, which included information on more than 2.25 million adults. The team looked at the coffee intake of the participants — including how many cups they consumed each day, as well as whether the coffee was caffeinated or decaffeinated — and whether or not this might be associated with the risk of developing HCC.”

Lead study author Dr. Oliver Kennedy from the U.K.’s University of Southampton, working with the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, cautioned:

“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.”

The study showing that drinking coffee protects from dangerous liver cancer was published in BMJ Open.

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1. “Coffee and Liver: Is Coffee Good for Your Liver?”, n.d. Web. 21 June 2017.
2. “Coffee, including Caffeinated and Decaffeinated Coffee, and the Risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Systematic Review and Dose–response Meta-analysis.” BMJ Open. British Medical Journal Publishing Group, 01 May 2017. Web. 21 June 2017.
3. “Higher Coffee Consumption May Protect against Liver Cancer.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 30 Mar. 2015. Web. 21 June 2017.

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