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Can Coffee Lower Depression Risk?

By September 28, 2011

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Can your daily cup o' joe actually help lower your depression risk?  Research suggests that this may be true, at least for older women.  An article in the Archives of Internal Medicine reports that the more coffee the women studied consumed, the lower their risk of depression was.

However, it appeared that it was actually the caffeine in the coffee, rather than the coffee itself, that had the protective effect.  Women who drank caffeinated coffee had a gradually decreasing level of risk, depending how many cups of caffeinated coffee that they drank, while women who drank decaffeinated coffee experienced no change in their level of depression risk.

The authors noted, however, that the type of study that they conducted was not able to prove that caffeine can protect you from depression.  Further research will be necessary to prove this.  It does suggest, however, that it could help.

Caffeine is commonly found in coffee, tea, sodas and chocolate.

The study appears in the September 2011 issue of the journal.

October 5, 2011 at 7:56 am
(1) Susan says:

but what about the anxiety associated with the caffiene. Catch-22 because most the time anxiety and depression walk hand in hand

October 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm
(2) asdf says:

Maybe it was the sugar in the coffee, assuming there was sugar in the coffee. Who wants to drink coffee without the sugar? Nothing like trying to fill that hole with sweets to temporarily give your mood a boost …

October 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm
(3) PJ says:

You might be suprised how easy it is to just drink Black Coffee..
If it a good coffee and not to strong it is really good.. I resently started and years ago I did the same and it worked, I don’t remember why I started it up again. But I have quit now and I’m really enjoying it.. And also caffiene can effect your blood sugar so be careful on the highs and lows of blood sugar can cause depression…

October 22, 2011 at 2:39 pm
(4) pedro azugue says:

it sames that you got too much is not good why take it moderately and relax or rest to reduce stress…..but
exercise is one of the best way to reduce depression.

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