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Caffeine Shown To Have Therapeutic Effect On Fatty Liver Disease

August 16, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers in the U.S. and Singapore have found evidence that increasing caffeine intake could reduce fatty liver in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Results from lab culture and animal tests showed that caffeine stimulates the metabolism of lipids stored in liver cells, decreasing the fatty liver of lab animals. The U.S. researchers said that consuming the equivalent caffeine intake of four cups of coffee or tea a day may help prevent and protect against the progression of NAFLD in humans. Their findings may lead to the development of caffeine-like drugs that do not have caffeine side effects, but do retain the therapeutic effects on the liver.
Rohit Anthony Sinha et al., "Caffeine stimulates hepatic lipid metabolism via autophagy-lysosomal pathway", Hepatology, August 16, 2013, © American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
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