Just line 'em up!: image via dailyshotofcoffee.com Coffee seems to be the new miracle drug. A minimum of 4 cups of coffee has been shown to be effective in reducing risk of diabetes, skin cancers, and strokes
(in women), among the other powers it possesses. Now, the Harvard School of Public Health has explored the
effects of the magic 4+ cups on depression among women... men have not
been studied yet.
The study involved nearly 51,000 women who participated in the Nurses' Health Study
in 1996, and who, at that time showed no signs of clinical depression.
Data was based upon their responses to questionnaires administered
between1980 and 2004 regarding their consumption of caffeine. Though
there were no diagnosed cases of depression in the group in 1996, by
2006, about 2,600 cases of depression were identified.
for several other risk factors for depression such as marital status,
smoking, medical conditions, and activity levels, researchers isolated
caffeinated coffee drinking as a risk factor and found that the relative
risk of depression was greatest among women who drank the least amount
of coffee per week. Those who drank 4 cups of coffee per day had a 20
percent lower risk of depression.
Interestingly, the Harvard
researchers did not find the same benefits from other caffeinated
beverages or foods, like tea or chocolate.
Four to six cups of
coffee a day have been shown to be protective against quite a few
serious ailments, but don't go overboard. A Finish study found risk of
suicide among coffee drinkers is reduced up to 8 to 10 cups daily, when
the risk of suicide is increased.
sources: The Press Association, Archives of Internal Medicine