I've been reading about liver health for years and came across many webpages (Here is only one) that coffee can protect your liver against liver cirrhosis.

My understanding of cirrhosis is that it's when fibrosis overwhelms the liver so greatly that it starts forming dents, craters and holes where healthy tissue has died and shrunk.

Does this mean that some chemical in coffee can help the liver slowly retrieve and expel dead bits of liver (fibrosis)?

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    (Extra Virgin Olive Oil). ; Hepatologist? healio.com/hepatology/practice-management/news/online/…
    – Gordon
    Apr 19, 2019 at 13:29
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    The first study about olive oil is in rats, so you can't conclude much from that. "Not eating anything white" is a very vague statement.
    – Jan
    Apr 19, 2019 at 13:52
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    Here is more complete diet information. For NAFLD but should still be helpful. fattyliverfoundation.org/nafld_diet
    – Gordon
    Apr 19, 2019 at 14:04
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    The person from that page recommends some random healthy diet and claims she halted cirrhosis development. I wouldn't rely on that. Avoiding the causes of cirrhosis may help, though. I'm not even aware of any prescribed drugs that would cure cirrhosis. As said, mild to moderate cirrhosis may heal on its own if causes no longer exist.
    – Jan
    Apr 19, 2019 at 17:12

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The conclusion of the mentioned systematic review with meta‐analysis: coffee consumption and the risk of cirrhosis (Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 2016):

This meta‐analysis suggests that increasing coffee consumption may substantially reduce the risk of cirrhosis.

They say coffee may reduce the risk of cirrhosis, not that it can treat it.

The article mentions that caffeine, chlorogenic acid, melanoids and the pentacyclic diterpenes, kahweol and cafestol in coffee may be associated with health benefits.

According to another systematic review, regular coffee consumption is associated with decreased risk of liver cirrhosis and according. Yet another systematic review concludes that coffee consumption is associated with decreased risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

In another systematic review, caffeine consumption was associated with lower risk of liver cirrhosis in patients with hepatitis C.

These reviews say there is an association between coffee drinking and lower risk of cirrhosis. The actual cause-effect relationship between coffee drinking and cirrhosis has not been established, so far.

Cirrhosis may be reversible.

Is cirrhosis of the liver reversible? (PubMed, 2007)

Accumulating evidence suggests that liver fibrosis is reversible and that recovery from cirrhosis may be possible.

Cirrhosis and its complications: Evidence based treatment (PubMed, 2014)

In the past cirrhosis was generally thought to be irreversible but recent studies have shown that treatments aimed at the underlying cause especially in earlier stages of the disease can improve or even reverse fibrosis.

  • Oh my. So to date, is there no actual chemical that will actively break-down fibrosis?
    – chrips
    Apr 19, 2019 at 12:13
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    Mild cirrhosis can heal on its own. I'll update the answer.
    – Jan
    Apr 19, 2019 at 12:14
  • Not a doc......
    – Jan
    Apr 20, 2019 at 14:40
  • Just a turn of phrase...
    – chrips
    Apr 25, 2019 at 12:59

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