The caffeine jolt you enjoy in the morning from coffee or tea is doing more than awakening your brain. Evidence in the lab shows that it protects your liver, too.

An international team of researchers led by Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS) and the Duke University School of Medicine have turned up data showing that drinking caffeinated beverages may reduce fatty liver in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

That's important: Globally, 70 percent of people who are obese and diabetic have NAFLD, the major cause of fatty liver not caused by drinking too much alcohol. Experts believe that 30 percent of adults in the United States suffer this problem. The findings at Duke suggest that ingesting the amount of caffeine intake found in four cups of coffee or tea a day may be beneficial in preventing the progression of NAFLD.

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