Feeling depressed? Perhaps it’s because you’re not a coffee drinker! The Harvard Gazette recently wrote about a study by the Harvard School of Public Health that found that drinking several cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of suicide by 50%. How so? Allow us to explain…
Drink Caffeine, Be Happy!
Be sure to note that that’s several cups of caffeinated coffee per day. Decaffeinated coffee doesn’t seem to really help curb depression or risk of suicide. Why? Because decaffeinated coffee lacks caffeine!
According to the study, caffeine does more than wake you up in the morning. It may also “act as a mild antidepressant by boosting production of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin, dopamine and noradrenalin.” In other words, the caffeine in your coffee helps keep your mood positive and your mind focused and alert.
What About Soda?
Believe it or not, the caffeine in coffee brings is much healthier and better for us than caffeine found in other beverages. Other drinks known for caffeine do not help fight depression. In fact, soda has been connected to an increased risk in depression – and drinks with artificial sweeteners like diet drinks are even more strongly linked to depression. These drinks lack the antioxidants found in coffee, which also helps fight one’s risk of suicide.
However, doctors warn against trying to “self-medicate” with coffee. So don’t try to increase your coffee consumption to fight depression or suicidal thoughts! Besides, an intake of more caffeine could lead to unpleasant effects like the jitters or an unhealthy amount of dependence. Two to four cups of your favorite blend are all you need to reap the benefits of coffee.
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