If you're a regular coffee drinker, here's news to cheers to: A recent study has linked regular caffeinated coffee consumption to lower rates of depression. In fact, the more caffeinated coffee a woman seems to drink, the less depressed she is.
Published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers looked at data from almost 51,000 older women enrolled in the ongoing Nurses' Health Study. They found that women who consumed two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day were 15 percent less likely to develop depression than those who drank one cup or less a week. Women who drank four or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day were 20 percent less likely to become depressed. Twenty percent! The same results were not seen when women drank decaf.
Although the new research doesn't prove that coffee prevents depression, the link is interesting and cause for further study, researchers note. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five women will be depressed at some time in their lives.
We already know that workouts can help keep depression away, but will you be drinking more java to reduce your risk further?