Here's an inspired reason to drink a daily cup of joe: new research shows that coffee consumption may reduce the chance of depression in women. The Archives of Internal Medicine published the study, having analyzed the data of over 50,000 women over a 10-year period. Meticulously examining participants' lifestyles, health, and coffee consumption over the years, researchers concluded that women who drink coffee daily are 20 percent less likely to become depressed than those who don't.
The author of the study, Dr. Albert Ascherio, spoke to The New York Times and admitted that more research is needed: "We know that caffeine enters the brain and activates the release of different neurotransmitters that are related to mood, like dopamine and serotonin . . . That may explain the short-term effects on mood. But the long-term mechanisms of caffeine intake on mood we don't really know." While the researchers aren't quite ready to recommend that women drink more coffee, Dr. Ascherio says personal responsibility is key: "We self-medicate ourselves with caffeine, and each person usually knows their optimal level."
Are you convinced? Do you think drinking coffee can lower the risk of depression?