Drinking more coffee may help reduce the damage you’re doing to your liver with all that wine
Most of my life is spent trying to decide if it’s too late for coffee or too early for wine. If you told me I’d have to give one up — coffee or wine — I wouldn’t have an answer. I’d just bitch slap you and run.
What is it about moms and their coffee and wine? I have no idea. I know it’s a thing we like and I’ve never dug deeper because coffee is mandatory and wine is delicious. But now, it seems this seesaw we’re constantly on between the jolt of coffee and the relaxation of wine actually makes some sense. A new study found that several cups of coffee a day actually reverses the damage from excessive drinking.
Researchers from Southampton University analyzed data from nine previous studies, encompassing over 430,000 participants. From Yahoo Health: “They found that drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was linked to a 44 per cent lower risk of developing liver cirrhosis… They estimated one cup a day was tied to a 22 per cent lower risk of cirrhosis, while two cups lowers your risk by 43 per cent, three cups by 57 per cent and four cups by 65 per cent.”
This doesn’t necessarily mean you should be drinking wine with coffee chasers all day long. There are hundreds of chemical compounds in coffee and researches still have yet to nail down which is responsible for this magic. It’s also talking about actual coffee: not 400 calorie caramel lattes that are loaded with sugar and fat. It’s still a pretty impressive finding.
“It is significant that the risk of developing cirrhosis may be reduced by consumption of coffee, a cheap, ubiquitous and well-tolerated beverage,” lead study author Dr. Oliver Kennedy told the NY Post.
Yes, there is research that contradicts itself constantly, and next week we’ll probably be hearing about how coffee and wine are both killing us slowly again. But for now, let’s all cheers to wine! And coffee! And more wine. And more coffee. Infinity.