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According to a recent study conducted at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, coffee might actually be beneficial for your liver.

Most people can’t get through the day without their morning cup of coffee. Some liver diets advise people to avoid caffeine. And while avoiding caffeine means avoiding a wide range of foods and beverages, it’s that morning cup of java most people miss most.

Yet now there’s good news. According to a recent study conducted at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, coffee might actually be beneficial for your liver.

The study, led by doctoral student Emily Hu, indicated a single cup of coffee each day can provide benefits to your liver.

Coffee Liver Health

“[Hu] analyzed data on 14,208 people between the ages of 45 and 64 who had been part of the national Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. …What they found is good news for coffee fans: people who drank three or more cups a day had a 21% lower chance of being hospitalized for a liver-related illness.”

Dr. Mariana Lazo oversaw Hu’s study. The data Hu and Lazo analyzed tracked this cohort’s health over the course of 26 years.

So, Can You Have Your Coffee and Drink it Too?

Other studies have also indicated a positive link between coffee and liver health. But it’s important not to rely on coffee drinking alone. A 21% lower chance of being hospitalized for liver disease is not that big a reduction in the grand scheme of things. Studies like this also tend to move in cycles. Foods that get upheld as beneficial sometimes become villainized later, and vice versa.

By all means, enjoy your cup of joe, but think about taking a few stronger steps too.

For example, consider supporting your liver health with UltraThistle, one of the most potent milk thistle supplements on the market. Or try making iced and frozen coffee drinks at home!, Coffee Might Protect Your Liver, Retrieved July 5, 2018, Healthline., Drink Three Cups of Coffee a Day for a Healthy Liver, Retrieved July 5, 2018,, Coffee and Liver Health, Morisco F, Lembo V, Mazzone G, Camera S, Caporaso N, J Clin Gastroenterol. 2014 Nov-Dec;48 Suppl 1:S87-90. doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000000240, retrieved July 5, 2018.

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Stephen Holt, MD, PhD, FACP

Stephen Holt, M.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine NYCPM (Emerite) and a medical practitioner in New York State. He has published many peer-review papers in medicine and he is a best-selling author with more than twenty books in national and international distribution. He has received many awards for teaching and research. Dr. Holt is a frequent lecturer at scientific meetings and healthcare facilities throughout the world. He is a best selling author and the founder of the Holt Institute of Medicine.

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