A Coffee a Day Keeps Depression Away?
Forget the antiquated idea that coffee is bad for you! A new Harvard research study suggests otherwise. The current research reveals that in moderation – a few cups a day – coffee is a safe beverage that may even offer some health benefits.
In an article published by The Wall Street Journal Tuesday, latest research confirms that moderate coffee consumption doesn’t cause harm, but rather, its uncovered possible benefits. Studies show that women who consumed two to three cups of coffee a day had about a 15% lower risk of developing depression during a 10-year period than women who had only one cup of coffee or less per week. Drinking four or more cups a day reduced the risk of depression even more, by 20 percent.
The study, by Harvard University researchers, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, is said to be the first study specifically looking at depression and caffeine consumption in women.
Caffeine, most often in the form of coffee, is considered the world’s most consumed central nervous system stimulant that temporarily boosts alertness and often improves people’s moods.
Previous studies by Harvard research also suggest that coffee helps you to be more alert and focused at work, particularly if you are fighting sleep deprivation.
Coffee has also been shown to improve endurance performance in long-duration physical activities. Habitual coffee drinkers are also less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, develop heart disease or diabetes.
Remember though, moderation is the key. Caffeine can cause side effects such as insomnia and rapid heartbeat.