HSPH Logo Reading about the shielding influences of coffee, be it in some cancers or liver issues, makes us feel good that we are one of the million coffee drinkers worldwide. A new study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has disclosed that women, who consume coffee may have have low susceptibility to depression.

As part of the analysis, 50,739 women from the Nurses’ Health Study were examined. The investigation began in 1996 when these women, who are now aged 63, did not encounter depression problems. They were then followed after they exposed themselves to caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks. Some women also consumed chocolate as it is known to have small amount of caffeine.

“At least one previous prospective study in men suggested a link between depression risk and coffee, the world’s most popular central nervous system stimulant,” cited Michel Lucas, lead author.

The outcomes show that depression risk apparently lowered by 20% amidst women who consumed 4 or more cups of caffeinated coffee in a day. This was not the case with women who had just little or no coffee at all. Also, women who drank other beverages comprising less caffeine like tea, soft drinks, chocolate and decaf did not seem to be guarded against depression.

However, more trials are needed for authors to recommend more coffee consumption to women. The study is titled ‘Coffee, Caffeine, and Risk of Depression Among Women’ and is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.