The list of potential benefits to drinking coffee just got longer. According to new research out of the British Medical Journal, a cup of coffee a day can help to reduce the risk of a particularly nasty form of liver cancer. And two cups a day will do it even better.
Researchers at the University of Southampton and the University of Edinburgh sifted through findings from 26 observational studies on 2.25 million people to see how drinking coffee impacted the risk of developing hepatocellular cancer (HCC) in the liver, the second highest cause of death from cancer globally.
They found that having one cup of java each day could reduce the chances of developing HCC by up to 20 per cent. And drinking two cups can reduce the risk by 35 per cent and five cups by a whopping 50 per cent. Surprisingly, both new and regular coffee drinkers experienced the same reduction in risk — so top ups for all!
Even decaf — which may seem pointless to some — was found to have a similar, though slightly less powerful, effect on the liver, which is good news for those who get jittery at the very mention of caffeine.
And while it may sound like a solid argument for drinking as many Americanos as you’d like, Oliver John Kennedy, the team’s lead author, pointed out this isn’t exactly the case.
“We’re not suggesting that everyone should start drinking five cups of coffee a day though,” Kennedy said. “There needs to be more investigation into the potential harms of high coffee-caffeine intake, and there is evidence it should be avoided in certain groups such as pregnant women.”
Even so, these findings represent yet another mark in the pro-coffee column, right next to reducing the chance of developing diabetes, a stoke or a heart attack.
Coffee may not exactly be a superfood, but this is definitely some super news.