European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 293–297 | Cite as

Unexpected effects of coffee consumption on liver enzymes

  • E. Casiglia
  • P. Spolaore
  • G. Inocchio
  • B. Ambrosio
Article

Abstract

The effects of regular daily coffee consumption on liver enzymes were studied in a large number of subjects from the general population. In coffee drinkers, liver enzymes (gamma-glutamyl transferase, alkaine-amino transferase, and alkaline phosphatase) and serum bilirubin were lower than in non-coffee-drinking subjects or in those consuming less than 3 cups daily. The hypothesis proposed is that liver enzymes are a target for caffeine contained in coffee.

Key words

Coffee Enzyme Epidemiology Liver 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Casiglia
    • 1
  • P. Spolaore
    • 2
  • G. Inocchio
    • 1
  • B. Ambrosio
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto di Medicina Clinica dell'Universitd di Padova - Clinica Medica 1Policlinico UniversitarioPadovaItaly
  2. 2.Direzione Sanitaria e Divisione di Cardiologia dell'Ospedale di CastelfrancoVeneto (Treviso)Italy

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