Clouds In My Coffee

There were times when people believed it could stunt your growth, cause heart palpitations, bad grades and lead to blindness. In the 1500’s, it was even thought to lead to illegal sex!

Coffee’s reputation has come a long way since then and a new study suggests a few cups of Joe might reduce the risk of liver damage from alcohol. From CNN.com:

“Upping your coffee intake may help reduce your chances of developing alcohol-related cirrhosis….Drinking just two more cups of coffee every day may lower the risk of developing the liver condition by 44%, according to researchers who analyzed nine studies that examined the relationship between coffee consumption and the risk of cirrhosis.”

A story on FoxNews.com quoted the study’s lead author, Dr. Oliver Kennedy of Southampton University in the U.K., as saying, “Cirrhosis is potentially fatal and there is no cure as such, therefore, it is significant that the risk of developing cirrhosis may be reduced by consumption of coffee, a cheap, ubiquitous and well-tolerated beverage.”

Before you go out and order another Venti Soy Quadruple Shot Latte with No Foam, Forbes Magazine claims that coffee will not reverse the health risks of alcohol.

“A new study found only that drinking more coffee seems to be linked to a reduced risk of cirrhosis – but it didn’t touch any of the other ways in which alcohol can negatively affect the body. So, at least based on the current research, we’d be deluded to think that coffee alone can reverse the damage that alcohol can do.”

Does coffee deserve it’s new found reputation as an elixir that can change our health or do you think it as more of a “too good to be true” panacea? More importantly, can it play any role in our goal to one day make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation? Let us know….we’d love to hear your thoughts!

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