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Drinking three to five cups of coffee a day reduces risk of liver cancer

Scientists say “moderate” consumption can slash the risk of liver cancer by 40 per cent compared to those who don’t drink coffee

DRINKING three to five cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of liver cancer, a study reveals.

Scientists say “moderate” consumption can slash the risk of liver cancer by 40 per cent compared to those who don’t drink coffee.

American and Italian studies also found it can cut the risk of cirrhosis by up to 70 per cent.

Experts believe caffeine, coffee oils, kahweol, cafestol and antioxidants in coffee can help to protect the liver.

Liver disease is increasing in the UK and Europe where chronic liver disease is the fifth most common cause of death.

It affects two million Brits and is on the rise because of obesity, undiagnosed hepatitis infection and alcohol misuse.

Liver cancer is rarer but also increasing – although the exact cause remains unknown.

Judi Rhys, Chief Executive of the British Liver Trust, said: “Liver disease is a silent killer as often there are no symptoms until it’s too late.

“Coffee is something that is easily accessible to everyone and regularly drinking it – filtered, instant or espresso – may make a difference in preventing and, in some cases, slowing down the progression of liver disease- it is an easy lifestyle choice to make.”

Earlier this week, experts revealed just one cup of coffee can reduce the risk of heart failure by seven per cent.

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