What’s the mechanism behind how coffee protects your liver? Well, it turns out coffee is incredible at doing several things. First, it lowers cell growth. So if you have cancer cells that rapidly divide, coffee will slow their growth. Coffee also stimulates the breakdown of cells. In other words, cancer cells die faster. That’s called apoptosis. Another thing coffee does is decrease liver fat. So it helps to prevent things like fatty liver, which can also lead to liver cirrhosis scarring and requiring people to get liver transplants. Lastly, it lowers oxidative stress and reduces inflammation—optimal amount is three to four cups a day, caffeinated or decaffeinated.
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