Caffeinated coffee may protect against liver fibrosis

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Caffeine intake associated with coffee consumption has been linked to a reduced risk for clinical and pathologic progression of liver fibrosis in patients with hepatitis C virus, and coffee was also found to reduce the risk for liver enzyme elevations in patients with alcoholic liver disease. Drinking caffeinated coffee protects against liver fibrosis in patients with NAFLD, according to research published in the February issue of Hepatology by Jeffrey C. Molloy, MD, from the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

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