So, you're a savage. You know that pounding shots all weekend isn't good for you, but hey, this is the life you chose. You're living life as your truest self, and that self loves to get shwasted. It's time for damage control. We need to save that liver.
The liver is the Brita filter for your body. It takes all the delicious poison that you love to drink and tries to lessen the blow by cleaning the blood from your digestive tract. This organ is where we need to focus our defensive efforts.
The results of the study, which was published in January of 2016, found that drinking two additional cups of coffee per day meant a 44% decrease in the likelihood of developing liver cirrhosis. 44?! That's almost 50!
Yes it is! There is no cure for cirrhosis, and the condition is potentially fatal, killing more than 1 million people per year worldwide. 1 million might not be a lot in terms of thumbtacks or peanuts, but that's a lot of people.
Out of nine total studies, eight found that drinking an additional two cups of Joe per day reduced the risk of cirrhosis. When compared with no coffee consumption, one cup per day meant a 22% lower risk of cirrhosis.
Because science is kind of a jerk, it can't just let us take the win. One study complicated things by finding a stronger link to reduced cirrhosis risk with coffee that is filtered as opposed to boiled. Also, all the studies accounted for alcohol consumption, but there are other risk factors for your liver, such as obesity and diabetes, which remain wild cards.
Coffee, like literally everything, is a complex mixture of thousands of microscopic chemicals and components. Because of that, researchers don't know exactly what part of coffee is good for the liver. Personally, I think it's the... nutrients?
I know you hate running. It's too sweaty. But unfortunately, leading an overall healthy lifestyle is the best option for keeping yourself not dead. Drinking coffee every day won't fix the downsides of living a sedentary lifestyle.
Coffee is an antioxidant and contains anti-inflammatory properties, which help the good ol' liver. But you can't view coffee as a 1-for-1 solution to boozing it up every night. So yes, drink your coffee. Savor it. Love it, even. But don't ruin it by going out at night and slurping down wine bags like they're Go-Gurts. Goodnight, America.