In recent years, especially in developed countries, rates of depression have been trending upwards. It doesn’t help that young adults are living through one catastrophe after another. While environment does contribute to risks of depression, depression is a very complicated mental illness that has widely varying risks between individuals and cultures. Coffee may help reduce these numbers.
Research conducted in 2016 published in the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry show that caffeine consumption contributed to a significant decrease in a person’s risk of developing depression. Consumption of caffeinated coffee had a protective effect against the disease and even countered the effects of it as well. The study also included using caffeinated tea which provided the same results but was less effective than coffee. Drinking the equivalent of about four cups of coffee’s worth of caffeine drastically reduced suicidal ideation in women but not men.
Coffee contains chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid, and caffeic acid. These acids have been shown to reduce inflammation of nerve cells of individuals with depression which can alleviate certain symptoms. While caffeine can reduce or even prevent symptoms of the disease and the disease itself, it’s important to remember that depression is an extremely complicated mental illness that requires targeted therapies and medications to fully solve.
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By John Toledo