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Coffee may reduce risk of liver cancer

From the December 2017 issue.

Coffee beans in beakerA new meta-analysis of existing medical research has found that people who consume two cups of coffee per day are 43 per cent less likely to develop liver cancer than non-coffee drinkers.

The report, Coffee consumption and risk of liver cancer: a meta-analysis, was done by the Division of Nutritional Epidemiology at The National Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

“Mounting evidence indicates that coffee drinking may protect against liver injury and lower the risk of liver cancer,” the report states. “We quantitatively assessed the relation between coffee consumption and the risk of liver cancer in a meta-analysis of epidemiologic studies.”

It is not known exactly why this is the case, but certain compounds found in coffee, such as paraxanthine, kahweol and cafestol, are thought to be the likely heroes.

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