Most people don’t think twice about their morning cup of coffee; it’s a normal part of their daily routine. But if you’re battling a liver disease, you’ve probably found yourself questioning whether coffee consumption is a wise choice. Many people with Hepatitis C have likely been given a laundry list of foods and drinks to avoid due to the potentially negative effect they might have on an already weakened liver. This could mean that the number of cups of coffee they drink each day has lessened over time.
However, researchers have been studying the effects of coffee on a compromised liver for a while and, while the preliminary results indicate that coffee consumption has more positive effects than negative ones, the evidence is truly inconclusive about whether someone with Hepatitis C should or should not avoid this stimulating beverage.
Study results show a noticeable decrease in the extent of liver damage in those people who consume coffee regularly, including lower enzyme levels, less severe liver damage and a reduced risk of developing type-2 diabetes. Based on these results, it appears that the progression of liver damage is directly affected, in a positive manner, by coffee consumption.
It’s important not to misinterpret these study results; they certainly don’t insinuate that you should rush out and drink ten cups of coffee a day to try and protect your liver. That simply won’t work. Keep in mind that very few people drink their coffee black. Most people add heaping amounts of sugar or artificial sweeteners to their daily cup of joe, and this poses its own set of health risks.
The bottom line is that coffee drinkers who have Hepatitis C can breathe a sigh of relief – they need not abandon their favorite morning beverage due to their condition. However, as with many things in life, moderation is the key when it comes to coffee consumption while battling a liver disease.
About Nicole Cutler,L.Ac. This article was prepared for Hepatitis-Central.com, where you’ll find more than 2,750 pages of in-depth information for Hepatitis C patients and their families, caregivers and health professionals. To read the latest hepatitis research and liver support news, sign up for our free Research & Treatment News updates.