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Coffee May Reduce Risk of Depression: Do You Start Your Day With a Cup?

Living 2011/09/27 21:35:11
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As far as we're concerned, coffee is one of those gifts from the gods, something that tastes good, helps us wake up in the morning and even has health benefits.

Now, a new study from a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health found that women who drank two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day were 15 percent less likely to develop depression over the 10-year study period, compared with women who consumed one cup or less per day, Time magazine reports.

Women who drank four or more cups of coffee a day had a 20 percent lower risk, but don't go crazy: At high doses, caffeine can increase anxiety, which can lead to depression.

Earlier studies have found that people who drink caffeinated coffee have lower rates of suicide than those who don't, and lower rates of severe depression. Other studies have found that caffeine may lower the risk of Parkinson's disease, curb the risk of diabetes and lower the risk for colon, mouth, throat, esophageal and endometrial cancers.

Which is why we really don't feel guilty about starting our day with a cup (and a half) of Joe. Do you have coffee when you wake up in the morning?
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  • jule-sy bookworm42 2011/09/29 04:40:33
    jule-sy
    +1
    I'm too dang picky, I don't care for the vanilla but willing to give it another try. =}
  • bookworm42 jule-sy 2011/10/01 17:13:34
    bookworm42
    Same with me and hazelnut. hah!
  • jule-sy bookworm42 2011/10/01 19:11:42
    jule-sy
    Don't know about you but I've tried many flavors of creamers and I don't like those others but hazelnut is the only one that tastes awesome in coffee.
  • bookworm42 jule-sy 2011/10/01 19:21:02
    bookworm42
    I have tried several different kinds but french vanilla will continue as my top choice.
  • jule-sy bookworm42 2011/10/01 19:41:33
    jule-sy
    I'm glad you like that one! =}
  • shar bookworm42 2011/09/29 06:10:21
    shar
    love soy hazelnut
  • POSE27 2011/09/28 23:42:04
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    POSE27
    +2
    I just love the taste of coffee!
  • Griegg 2011/09/28 23:15:25
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    Griegg
    +1
    Don't need it to wake up but I usually drink it every day.
  • lord maximus 2011/09/28 23:02:20
    No, I don't like coffee
    lord maximus
    +1
    coffee reduces depression in the exact same way a cigarette does a smoker.
  • kitty lord ma... 2011/09/28 23:16:44
  • shar lord ma... 2011/09/29 06:11:19
    shar
    +1
    don't forget chocolate chocolate
  • Chris D 2011/09/28 22:51:39
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    Chris D
    +4
    coffee!
    coffee
  • Zammo 2011/09/28 22:21:18
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    Zammo
    +2
    Yes, and I've never been depressed. Hmm...
  • musicman95 2011/09/28 21:44:33
  • harley oldman 2011/09/28 21:28:15
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    harley oldman
    +3
    NO...I don`t start the day with "A " Cup. I start the day with "4" Cups...!
  • Sgt Major B 2011/09/28 21:13:47
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    Sgt Major B
    +2
    Wake up...?? I LIVE on it!!

    more coffee
  • bob 2011/09/28 21:10:47
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    bob
    +2
    where's my coffee where s my coffee
  • Freeranger 2011/09/28 21:10:21
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    Freeranger
    +1
    You can bank on it......but only perk.
  • Boss 2011/09/28 20:59:50
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    Boss
    +2
    yes,,,can,t do without it...but I make my own..not paying all that $$$ for someone else to boil water for me...
  • WolfEyes 2011/09/28 20:27:41
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    WolfEyes
  • ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠ 2011/09/28 20:21:55
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠
    +2
    I think it's safe to say I'm an addict. Bout to go have some coffee now. Lol!
  • Little Miss Ncis 2011/09/28 20:09:35
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    Little Miss Ncis
    +2
    Hell yes! I cannot start my day without coffee, i think i would go slightly mad! :D

    starbucks coffee
  • Liza Jane 2011/09/28 20:06:02
    No, I don't like coffee
    Liza Jane
    +1
    I drink tea. :-)
  • momma24 2011/09/28 20:02:27
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    momma24
    Let's see, no coffee and firing mighty fury at everyone who comes across the b-tches way or have my Starbucks and be jolly ol superwoman, yeah i choose jolly!
  • S T 2011/09/28 19:44:48
    No, I don't like coffee
    S T
    Can't stand coffee! It tastes like ashtray.
  • DavidZu... S T 2011/09/28 20:37:29
    DavidZubatuk
    I'm confused...you've tasted ashtray? On purpose? Either way, that's some AMAZINGLY bad coffee....maybe it was a coffee colored ashtray in the first place!
  • Rocker6240 2011/09/28 19:34:45 (edited)
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    Rocker6240
    I like my 2 cups in the morning to get going :)

    I usually don't drink it at night. Not after 7pm; or I'll be up way too late.
  • kotabear 2011/09/28 19:18:57
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    kotabear
    I'm so glad it exists. I'm so energized with it.
  • Samantha kotabear 2011/09/28 19:48:30
    Samantha
    I love my coffee in the morning.
  • wow-really 2011/09/28 19:18:50
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    wow-really
    +2
    Honestly, I have just started drinking coffee daily -big cup in the morning and one in the afternoon, and let me tell you... I have noticed I'm not as tired when I get home as I used to be and I have not gotten a headache as of late, which is unusual for me.

    I'm not exactly hyper, but I have noticied I'm getting more stuff done at home after work... LOL!

    Does it help with depression? i don't know but it has put a pep in my step... : )

    Oh, btw, a friend introduced me to this new coffee creamer, and think I'm hooked! I find myself using it in things other than coffee.. I can't help myself....
    That said, I need a cup of coffee... ; )

    Italian creme creamer for coffee
  • SpeedDemon BN-0 2011/09/28 19:11:59
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    SpeedDemon BN-0
    +1
    I am a big fan of coffee!!
  • Bill ~PWCM~JLA 2011/09/28 18:55:52
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    Bill ~PWCM~JLA
    I like coffee but depression? WTF?
  • Anna E 2011/09/28 18:49:04
    No, I don't like coffee
    Anna E
    I started my day by waking up. I love coffee, but I don't need it. A couple or three cups a day is fine. :)
  • gojiradarthsupernamek775489 2011/09/28 18:39:01
    No, I don't like coffee
    gojiradarthsupernamek775489
    I deliberately avoid relying on caffeine. If I ever need some caffeine, I just drink a mountain dew code red...
  • F*ckTheSystem 2011/09/28 18:26:52
    No, I don't like coffee
    F*ckTheSystem
    Milk is healthier and tastes better.
  • ErikaEwen 2011/09/28 17:58:01
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    ErikaEwen
    No wonder I feel happy on a daily basis! Who knew.
  • Pamu 2011/09/28 17:48:59
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    Pamu
    i love coffee.
  • joe 2011/09/28 17:45:13
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    joe
    +1
    Elixir of the Gods...
    elixir gods
  • coach k 2011/09/28 17:39:58
    No, I don't like coffee
    coach k
    smell great taste like crap
  • Mike 2011/09/28 17:28:46
    Yes, can't wake up without it
    Mike
    Sometimes, yes.

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