Drinking coffee could protect against painful gallstones, scientists have claimed in a study. Consuming more than six cups of the drink per day was linked to a 23 percent lower risk of developing the condition where hard, pebble-like segments develop in the gallbladder, blocking the bile ducts. Drinking one cup per day was linked to a 3 percent cut in the risk.
Gallstones are generally made up of cholesterol and bilirubin, a pigment which occurs when red blood cells break down. The blobs are more common in those with obesity, and can cause pain in the upper right abdomen by leading to a build-up of bile in the gallbladder. Surgery is usually needed to treat the condition. Coffee could be one tool to prevent the painful condition, the authors of the study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine said.