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Coffee may save your liver from bad binge-drinking habits: 14 percent lower chance of cancer with each cup


(NaturalNews) According to the World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF), as part of their Continuous Update Project (CUP), consuming three alcoholic drinks daily ups the chance of a person getting liver cancer. It's no surprise, therefore, that alcoholism and liver cancer are closely linked; numerous health-related institutions and experts, including the National Cancer Institute, have indicated as much.(1,2)

Clearly, trying to cut back on alcohol-drinking habits can help improve health, but the WCRF has found that a daily habit most of us engage in – drinking coffee – can also decrease the risk of developing liver cancer.(1)

In fact, for every cup of coffee a person drinks, the WCRF found that there's a 14 percent decreased risk of liver cancer. While they also found that physical activity and fish consumption can help reduce this particular health risk (and let's face it, many others), one can argue that coffee-drinking habits frequently pique consumer interest. After all, the hot drink's health benefits are often the center of debate. On one hand, excessive amounts of caffeine may increase heart rate and blood pressure, while also boosting the odds of pregnant women having smaller babies. But as the WCRF findings suggest, we're talking about how just one cup daily can make a significant impact when it comes to keeping liver cancer at bay.(2)

Coffee consumption 'protects against liver cancer'

According to a WCRF report on the findings, "Both coffee and coffee extracts have also been shown to reduce the expression of genes involved in inflammation, and the effects appear to be most pronounced in the liver." It also states, "The evidence for coffee was generally consistent, and the dose-response meta-analysis showed a significant decreased risk of liver cancer per one cup per day. ... The CUP Panel concluded: Higher consumption of coffee probably protects against liver cancer."(3)

It is evident that coffee provides protective health benefits on many fronts. It's widely accepted that coffee's levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants, coupled with its chlorogenic and caffeic acids, work together to boost one's health. Not only can regular coffee consumption reduce liver damage and lower the risk of developing liver cancer, especially among people who consume three or more alcoholic drinks daily, but many other health benefits can be realized by enjoying the drink.(4)

The many benefits of drinking coffee

Are you ready? If you don't drink coffee, or have only a few sips every day, we bet you'll want to have more after reading the following.

Drinking coffee has been associated with:
  • Lowering risk of stroke
  • Diminishing cancer risks
  • Fighting Alzheimer's disease and dementia
  • Improving social skills
  • Alleviating depressive symptoms
  • Reducing diabetes risk
  • Improving athletic endurance
  • Lowering suicide rates
  • Treating asthma
  • Providing headache relief(4)

Just be careful of what you put in your coffee

The key, of course, is to be careful of what you add to your coffee. Adding the likes of sugar and chemically-laden syrup flavors only fills your body back up with harmful toxins than may undo the good health benefits of coffee.

Consuming excessive amounts of sugar, for example, has been found to alter the brain in ways similar to experiencing abuse and stress during the younger stages of development. It's also been found to have addictive properties, which explains why so many stressed-out people reach for more soda and junk food, until a continuous, unhealthy cycle is the norm. And it's no secret that a junk food diet – of which insane amounts of sugar play a role – leads to obesity and other health problems.(5,6)

As always, opt for healthy food choices. Avoid a high-sugar diet, ditch nitrates, and choose fresh foods as much as possible. And of course, consider doing so while enjoying a healthy cup of coffee.

Sources for this article include:

(1) MedicalDaily.com

(2) DailyMail.co.uk

(3) WCRF.org[PDF]

(4) NaturalNews.com

(5) DailyMail.co.uk

(6) NaturalNews.com

(7) TruthWiki.org

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