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Coffee Linked to Reduced Risk of Liver Cancer

Previous research has suggested that drinking coffee may reduce the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer. A recent analysis of several studies looked at exactly how much coffee affects HCC risk, and found that it may reduce it by as much as 50%.

For this study, the researchers examined 16 high-quality studies that included a total of 3,153 cases published between 1996 and September 2012. After examining the data, they determined that drinking any amount of coffee reduces the risk of liver cancer by 40% compared to not drinking any coffee. Drinking three cups daily was found to lower the risk even further to 50%.

The results were consistent across demographics and differing lifestyle factors.

Researchers from the Universita degli Studi di Milan in Italy conducted the study. It was published in the November 2013 issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Previous studies have shown that coffee has a number of health benefits. These benefits are generally attributed to the powerful antioxidants found in coffee called polyphenols and include reducing the risk of developing diabetes, prostate cancer, cirrhosis and oral cavities.

One note to coffee drinkers: be careful how you take your coffee. A double latte with whipped cream and three sugars may provide the cognitive health benefits seen here, but the high fat and sugar content can have other negative effects.

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