For many of us the day does not begin until we have enjoyed our first cup of coffee. We know it helps increase our energy and alertness, but there is increasing scientific evidence to show that coffee may also help provide significant protection against the development of liver disease. In a presentation at the Tea and Coffee Symposium in June 2003 Professor D'Amicis, Head of Nutrition Information Unit at INRAN in Rome, Italy, highlighted how coffee drinking specifically could be protective against:
- Cirrhosis of the liver (a disease causing progressive damage and scarring of the liver tissue and function)
- Gallbladder disease - by reducing the risk of gallstone formation.
- An increase of liver enzyme activity. A high liver enzyme activity is a recognised indicator that there has been deterioration in the functioning of liver cells and possible development of disease in the liver.