Scientists: Caffeine Could Help Combat Liver Disease

SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – Coffee drinkers rejoice, your morning “cup of Joe” may be helping out your liver.

Recent studies led researchers to believe that the equivalent caffeine consumption of four cups of coffee a day might be helpful against non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is when the liver gets fatty deposits through diet and non-alcohol consumption.

Currently, there is no other treatment for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease except for modifications to the patient’s diet.

Researchers discovered that caffeine stimulates the metabolization of lipids, or fat, in the liver in mice that were fed a high-fat diet.

According to Sci-News, this study could lead to new drugs based on caffeine that would lead to therapeutic effects on the liver, without caffeine’s normal side effects.

Dr. Paul M. Yen, a researcher in the study, says that the results are so promising that “it could serve as a starting point for studies on the full benefits of caffeine and related therapeutics in humans.”

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