Mom, coffee, and hepatitis C fibrosis

A recent study told me something I could have learned from my mother. My mother is 97 years old. She’s thin and spry. She tells jokes and does card tricks that baffle onlookers. The odd thing is that there’s nothing in her diet that would suggest great health, wits, and longevity. She eats very little and a lot of what she eats is processed food. Her favorite meal is canned soup.

But my mother’s favorite drink has hit the good-for-your-liver chart. She drinks coffee with every meal and between meals. Her coffee maker always holds a warm brew. The dozen or so cups she drinks each day may be too much for most of us, but a recent study has shown at least some coffee may help stave off liver fibrosis.

In the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatotogy researchers Natalia Khalaf, Donna White, and others studied veterans who have hepatitis C. They found that those with a higher intake of coffee showed less fibrosis. The researchers concluded that as little as 100 mg. of caffeine a day may protect against advanced advanced fibrosis in people who have hepatitis C. An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains 95-200 mg of caffeine.coffee

Let’s all join my mother in a toast for better liver health–with a good cup of coffee!

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2 responses to “Mom, coffee, and hepatitis C fibrosis

  1. It’s amazing how yesterday’s guilty pleasure becomes today’s good pleasure!
    But I think too many cups for most people would make them nervous. I love my coffee in the morning (1 or 2 cups with continental breakfast), but if I drink coffee in the afternoon, it keeps me up at night. Green tea is also a good thing for the liver and overall health.
    Your mother must have good genes!

  2. I usually drink coffee only in the morning too, and I switch to tea after that. Green tea contains antioxidants that are great for many health concerns. My mother drinks an occasional cup of tea, but probably 10 times as much coffee. She seems to sleep well regardless.

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