Here’s another reason to get you into the coffee habit. The Huffington Post reports that regularly drinking a cup of Joe may actually lower your risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of liver cancer.

In a recent study from the Università degli Studi di Milan in Italy, researchers looked into 3,153 cases of hepatocellular carcinoma from 16 different studies and found that individuals who drank coffee had a 40 percent lower risk of the disease. The decrease is greater in those who drank the brew thrice a day, showing for a whopping 50 percent less chance of developing the disease.

“Coffee has been shown to affect liver enzymes and development of cirrhosis, and therefore could protect against liver carcinogenesis,” researchers wrote in the study.

With all its antioxidants, coffee has also been known to decrease the risk of another destructive form of liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis, stroke, and oral cancer.

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