Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Cafeen is helpful to a healthy liver

Your morning cup of tea or coffee may be doing more than just perking you up before work. increased caffeine intake may reduce fatty liver in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

 caffeine stimulates the metabolization of lipids stored in liver cells and decreased the fatty liver of mice that were fed a high-fat diet. These findings suggest that consuming the equivalent caffeine intake of four cups of coffee or tea a day may be beneficial in preventing and protecting against the progression of NAFLD in humans.



Mechanism of Action

caffeine and, in particular, the main substance it is broken down into, paraxanthine, may slow down the progression of liver fibrosis, alcoholic cirrhosis and liver cancer. However, other studies do not find an association with tea, which suggests that the mechanism of action might not be dependent solely on caffeine (via paraxanthine).

Coffee and tea are so commonly consumed and the notion that they may be therapeutic, especially since they have a reputation for being "bad" for health, is especially enlightening.
The team said this research could lead to the development of caffeine-like drugs that do not have the usual side effects related to caffeine, but retain its therapeutic effects on the liver. It could serve as a starting point for studies on the full benefits of caffeine and related therapeutics in humans.