Drinking coffee and tea might offer us a vital life-saving benefit: Protection from liver disease.

A new study out of the Netherlands shows both drinks can protect against liver fibrosis, part of the process of liver disease, which afflicts one in 10 Americans, according to the American Liver Foundation.

Our decades of bad eating habits and sedentary lifestyle, have taken a toll on our livers, notes the study’s lead author Louise J. M. Alferink of the MC University Medical Center. Obesity has caused an uptick in cases of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), caused by a buildup of fat in the liver. The American Liver Foundation said a quarter of the U.S. population has NAFLD.

The study’s authors wanted to test the disease-fighting powers of coffee to see if it might beat back liver disease. Why coffee? Because it has been linked to a longer life, has antioxidant effects and experimental data show coffee could provide liver benefits.

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SOURCE: Sean Rossman
USA TODAY

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