Can Coffee Keep the Blues Away

CoffeeTrying to keep up with whether or not coffee is good for you can be a headache. One day, health articles boast of the amazing health benefits of coffee, saying it helps boost weight loss, and the next day, health experts are looking down on the average cup of Joe saying is stresses the immune system. Whichever side of the coffee debate you are on, a recent study shows that coffee can help keep the blues away.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that there was a connection between drinking two to four cups of coffee a day and a lower suicide rate. Over two hundred thousand women and men were evaluated every four years. The researchers surveyed their caffeine consumption habits. Over the course of the study, 277 suicidal deaths occurred and those individuals drank either decaf coffee or less caffeine in general. The researchers concluded that those who drank two to four cups of coffee a day were 50 percent less likely to commit suicide. They also found that there was no benefit or decreased risk in drinking more than four cups a day.

So does this mean that you should start downing coffee to combat depression? Not necessarily. All of the research should be taken with a grain of salt. Coffee does act as a temporary anti-depressant because it mimics the chemical called adenosine, which gives you that java jolt after downing a cup of coffee. The reason why no one should down four cups of coffee daily for depression is because for some individuals, coffee acts as an upper and then brings the person down to a very low energy level and mood when the effects wear off. Also, the study should not conclude that lack of caffeine is the reason behind people committing suicide, since each case is unknown. However, if you are feeling down, go ahead and try that cup of Joe to brighten your mood to see if it helps.

 

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