Is It Okay To Drink Coffee If You Have Liver Disease?
The answer is yes. Coffee is actually quite beneficial for your liver.
According to the Canadian Liver Foundation, coffee has the following benefits for your liver:
- Improves abnormal liver blood tests, including elevated ALT, AST and GGT
- Reduces the risk of fatty liver disease by improving insulin resistance
- Enhances the response to treatment for chronic hepatitis C
- Reduces the risk of cirrhosis due to alcohol or viral hepatitis
- Reduces the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer)
These are quite extraordinary benefits! Studies show that the beneficial dose required is 3 cups a day. Researchers don’t yet know all of the explanations for why coffee is so good for the liver, but it is high in polypenols, which are a type of powerful antioxidant.
Gary Fagan is the president of the Canadian Liver Foundation, a health charity that supports education and research in liver disease. He made an interesting statement: “There is now significant evidence that coffee can help prevent liver disease with scientists learning and discovering more each day. Since many do not discover that they have liver disease until it reaches an advanced stage, it’s good to know that their daily coffee may actually be helping as opposed to hurting their livers”.
This is very true; liver disease often remains hidden until it reaches an advanced stage. This is why I recommend everyone asks their doctor for a liver function test every year, to check on the health of this vital organ. This is especially critical if you experience symptoms of liver damage, such as indigestion, abdominal bloating, bad breath, fatigue and an inability to lose weight.
It’s good to know that one of the most popular beverages can have such amazing benefits for your health. There’s a big difference between a long black and an iced coffee with cream, ice-cream and caramel syrup though! Don’t undo the benefits by adding a lot of sugar and artificial additives. If you need to sweeten your coffee, try adding stevia; it is all natural and calorie free.