Coffee May Protect Livers Infected With Hepatitis C

January 5, 2011

The strain of Hepatitis C that mostly affects the United States is harder to treat than the others, and for that reason and more, those diagnosed with the degenerative liver disease are eager for news of new and better treatments.

Currently, drug companies are working on improved treatment options for those who do not respond to the standard treatment for Hep C, including new drugs, new drug combinations (which have had mixed results so far), and a Hepatitis C vaccine, which is promising but will likely come with all the caveats and risks of vaccines.

The good news is a new study has found that drinking coffee regularly may decrease the rate of liver destruction, particularly in people not responding to the standard treatment for Hepatitis C (usually Interferon and Ribavirin).

There were very few tea drinkers in the study, so whether it has the same benefits is unknown. Other factors that may be specific to coffee drinkers were not well controlled for, so more research is needed.

None the less, it may well be worth asking your doctor if it’s safe for your liver and wider health to add a cup of coffee or two to your morning routine.

Coffee contains many flavanoids and antioxidants, which are great for your liver (in general, and when it’s sick), so do make sure to add more of those to your diet, whether from berries and other fruit, nuts containing Omega-3, or supplements.

What do you think of news regarding Hepatitis C treatments? Are you optimistic for people with the disease?

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Paul and Alice January 6, 2011 at 10:02 am

My wife Alice and I both have Hep. C and have for decades. Alice over the past few months had a “flare UP” her enzymes went wild and they tested her (biopsy) and found in a short time she developed cirolsis (never could spell that one.) Unfortuanately Alice has M.S. along with the liver problem, preventing her from taking the steroids. My Hep C went dormant years ago after a stint on interferon and seems to have stayed that way. The coffee research is a encouraging thing as we are desperately seeking methods of treating this. If any other reader has any addtl. hope for us and others please let us know. God Bless, Paul and Alice Trice

Marie Hines January 6, 2011 at 7:16 am

I recently had a biopsy on my liver which should have been done years ago. While talking to my doctor she commented on the coffee theory. I had stopped drinking coffee for fear it was placing more of a burden on my liver. My doctor told me to stop smoking pot, which I don’t smoke and never have, and begin drinking coffee. I enjoy coffee and it certainly hasn’t made things worse. I am enjoying drinking coffee again. I am a non responder of the current treatment for Hep C.


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