Rare liver disease impacted by coffee consumption.

coffee1A conflicting new study has determined that coffee and cigarettes may protect against a rare liver disease.

Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) is a chronic liver disease caused by chronic inflammation of the bile ducts and is a severe condition affecting young adults, with a high risk of associated bile duct cancer. PSC is one of the leading reasons for liver transplants.

The findings published in the journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology are consistent with increased research demonstrating that coffee acts as a possible protective agent in other liver diseases.

In this study chronic liver diseases patients had a lower coffee consumption in general than the control group and patients who drank coffee had lower levels of liver enzymes in their blood, confirming coffee’s strong anti-oxidant properties.


Ina Marie Andersen, Guro Tengesdal, Benedicte Alexandra Lie, Kirsten Muri Boberg, Tom Hemming Karlsen, Johannes Roksund Hov. Effects of Coffee Consumption, Smoking, and Hormones on Risk for Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 2013; DOI: 10.1016/j.cgh.2013.09.024

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