“Put the Kettle On!” – Further studies add weight to the health benefits of caffeine



Many studies have been done into the health benefits of caffeine but a new study has just shown some of the most conclusive results yet found for sufferers of an increasingly common type of liver disease.

A joint venture between the Duke NUS Graduate Medical School and the Duke University of Medicine has shown that increased consumption of caffeine can reduce the effect of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) in sufferers of the condition.

NAFLD is becoming a very important issue for healthcare institutes around the world due to its startling prevalence in developed nations; around 70% of people who are Type 2 diabetic and obese will develop NAFLD. There is no cure for NAFLD, but the condition can be prevented and managed through a healthy diet and regular exercise. However, this is often too late for sufferers who have damaged their liver beyond repair.

The studies, which have focussed on cell culture and mouse trials are due to be published in September in the journal, Hepatology. As of yet researchers are unsure why caffeine has this effect on NAFLD, but a possible suggestion may centre around the antioxidant effects that caffeine has. Other studies have shown that benefits extend to sufferers of Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (AFLD) and even those who have apparently irreversible liver damage.

There are no recommended guidelines on how much caffeine we should consume each day, but this research is certainly showing that caffeine is not as dangerous as was once thought.

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