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Coffee, Caffeine May Protect Liver in High-Risk Patients

KEY POINT

Consumption of coffee and especially caffeine reduces the risk of elevated alanine aminotransferase (ALT) activity among persons at high risk of liver injury, according to a new analysis of data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III).

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Ruhl CE, Everhart JE. Coffee and caffeine consumption reduce the risk of elevated serum alanine aminotransferase activity in the United States. Gastroenterology. 2005;128:24–32.