Did you know that chronic liver disease is a leading cause of death in the United States? Close to 32,000 men and women die from it each year. Now, a new study suggests that a simple little thing like enjoying coffee or herbal tea every day may help prevent this disease.
Researchers looked at 2,424 men and women who underwent a full physical checkup along with liver scans. Then they divided the group up according to how much herbal tea, black tea, green tea, or coffee they drank. Coffee and tea consumption were categorized into none, moderate (up to three cups per day), or frequent (more than three cups a day). They also took into account their diet and calorie intake, as well as sugar and creamer intake, age, gender, degree of obesity, degree of fatty liver, insulin resistance, alcohol, smoking, soda, and physical activity. Here's what they discovered.
Of the group, 5.2% of them already had early signs of liver stiffness and an amazing 34.6% had fatty liver. And when they compared the results to see how much coffee or tea they drank, they found that those who drank more than three cups a day were close to 50% less likely to have any liver stiffness. Both the coffee and the tea were definitely protective of liver stiffness. But, not just any tea was effective. Only the herbal tea drinkers had a protective effect.
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Unfortunately, the researchers didn't determine what kinds of herbal tea the men and women were taking. The authors put it this way, "The data revealed that frequent coffee and herbal tea consumption consistently correlated with a significantly lower risk of liver stiffness, which suggests regular coffee or tea intake may prevent liver fibrosis before the signs of liver disease start to appear."
These results are not that surprising because previous studies have found a protective effect of coffee on the liver function of patients who have established liver disease. The results also point out that although the herbal tea and coffee prevented liver stiffness, it had no effect on fatty liver.
The way to avoid fatty liver disease is to keep alcohol intake to a maximum of two drinks per day, stay away from junk food, high fructose corn syrup, and sweets in general, and take a good liver detox remedy, such as my Super Immune QuickStart powder, and Advanced Liver Support. Add these measures to your coffee or herbal tea and you have significantly decreased your overall chance of ever getting liver disease from any cause.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
Alferink LJM, Fittipaldi J, et al. Coffee and herbal tea consumption is associated with lower liver stiffness in the general population: The Rotterdam study. J Hepatol. 2017 Aug;67(2):339-348.