Thank God for Coffee!
In a new report from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), coffee has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of liver cancer. Three cheers and three shots of espresso all around!
Even better news is that coffee can actually counteract the harmful physical effects of alcohol. The WCRF’s data concluded that one cup of coffee reduces the risk of developing liver cancer by 14%. Three more cheers and three more shots of espresso!
Okay, I’m going a bit overboard with the espresso jokes here. All jokes aside, this is great news for a number of reasons. First, it means people who drink coffee are less likely to get cancer. With liver cancer claiming the lives of approximately 745,000 people in 2012 alone, we can all agree that less cancer is a good thing.
Second, and here’s where things get interesting for men and women in recovery, we love coffee! Think about it – what’s constant at AA meetings across the globe? Well, besides recovery, it’s the coffee pot.
If each cup we drink lowers our risk by 14%, well, then there’s no chance I’m getting liver cancer anytime soon. God bless coffee. This new report is also good news for individuals in recovery struggling with Hepatitis C.
The end result of Hep C, if left untreated, is cirrhosis and liver cancer. Come into recovery, put down the cigarettes, and start drinking coffee. You now have a leg up on Hep C. Of course, you should still see a doctor and start some form of treatment!
How Coffee Protects Our Bodies
The World Cancer Research Fund’s data was gathered from numerous studies and over eight million people, over 24,000 of who had liver cancer. Their findings? Simple, coffee reduces the risk of liver cancer.
Okay, fair enough. But how? How does coffee protect our livers and how much should we be drinking? Find out below:
• Coffee helps fight Type 2 Diabetes. Although this isn’t directly linked to liver cancer, Type 2 Diabetes is associated with an increased risk of developing liver cancer. Coffee improves insulin sensitivity, which contributes to a lower risk of diabetes.
• Coffee actually lowers the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to potential tumors on the liver. I’m not 100% sure how this works (the language of the WCRF’s report was very scientific and above my head), but better minds than mine say it does. I’ll take their word for it!
• Compounds in coffee help repair DNA damage in blood cells by releasing something called Phase II enzymes. Less DNA damage means fewer free radicals, which, in turn, means a lower risk of cancer.
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