Good news! Doesn’t that coffee you drink in the morning help you wake up, and afternoon tea gives you energy? In addition to that and thanks to the caffeine they contain, both drinks could have an unexpected – and positive – benefit to liver health by helping you metabolize fats.
Sleepy in the morning or afternoon?
Some cannot live without coffee, while others prefer tea. Feeling more alert and recovering energy are some of the reasons why millions of people in the world consume them. These effects, which are obtained thanks to caffeine, extend beyond the nervous system. Apparently, caffeine could have a positive influence on the health of the liver, specifically non-alcoholic fatty liver.
Do you have fatty liver?
The fatty liver is a condition that involves the accumulation of fat in the liver, and is often accompanied by other factors such as hypertension , insulin resistance , abdominal obesity and elevated triglycerides . It occurs in people who drink very little or do not drink alcohol. The condition is also known as alcohol-free fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
It is considered a silent disease, since it usually does not give specific symptoms, although some patients may experience a slight sensation of pressure or some pain in the abdomen, chronic fatigue or heaviness after meals and sometimes a dark skin tone. neck and armpit region.
A study, conducted by Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School ( Duke-NUS ) and Duke University School of Medicine , suggests that an increase in caffeine intake could reduce the fat in the liver of people with NAFLD. The study was published in the September issue of the journal Hepatology .
Globally, 70% of people who suffer from fatty liver without alcohol also suffer from diabetes and obesity , the main causes of the disease.
It is estimated that 30% of adults in the United States suffer from NAFLD, and to date there are no effective treatments to combat the disease, with the exception of healthy diets and exercises.
Normally it is recommended to lose weight, through a diet that provides between 1,200 and 1,500 calories, increase the consumption of fiber and omega 3 fats, reduce simple carbohydrates and saturated fats and completely suppress alcoholic beverages.
The study authors, Dr. Paul Yen, professor and researcher, and Rohit Sinha of the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders program at Duke-NUS School of Medicine in Singapore, used mice and cell cultures.
In their investigations, they observed that caffeine stimulates the metabolism of lipids stored in liver cells, and the decrease in fatty liver fat in mice. The mice had been fed a high fat diet.
These findings suggest that consuming the equivalent of caffeine in four cups of coffee or tea daily may be beneficial for preventing non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFLD) in people’s liver and to protect it from disease development.
According to Dr. Yen, it is the first detailed study on the mechanism of the action of caffeine in the lipids (fats) of the liver, and the results are promising. As both coffee and tea are consumed in abundance throughout the world, the idea that they may actually have therapeutic value is hopeful news for most people.
Results of studies
According to the researchers, the results of the study could lead to the development of caffeine-like medications, which did not have the “bad” side effects associated with it (such as anxiety, nervousness and insomnia), but that maintained the benefits Therapeutics for the liver. And it is even possible that the study becomes a starting point to find out all the benefits that caffeine could provide to humans.
In short, simple habits such as drinking tea or coffee could have an impact on our health, both negative and positive. This news, fortunately, adds a bit to the benefits column of caffeine. Of course, in moderation Let us provide this with a cup of steaming coffee, or an icy tecito!