Women Combating Depression with Coffee

by on December 9th, 2011 at 7:00 am

A cup of coffee in the morning is routine for many- just the smell of it can help wake you up. It’s what gets us through the day; most would have a difficult work day without coffee.

A new study conducted by Harvard University gives many women another reason to drink coffee. The study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that women who consumed 2-3 cups of coffee a day had a 15% lower risk of depression, and those who drank more had a 20% lower risk.

Over the past 10 year’s doctors, monitored the women’s caffeine intake and noted which participants developed signs of depression during this timeframe. The study consisted of over 50,000 women and was one of the largest women’s studies in America. The average age of the patients was 60 and none were previously diagnosed with depression.

While this may seem like amazing news, the authors caution that more work must be done and they are in the early stages of research. The data must be replicated before any conclusive information can be drawn. At best, this study gives coffee drinkers a piece of mind.

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