Women Who Drink This Much Coffee Aren’t Depressed (Duh)

coffee cupsA new health study that finds a link between caffeine and depression sounds exactly like a junior high science fair project (by which I mean that it's somewhat lacking in the scientific department -- no offense to the junior high kids). Specifically, it suggests that women who drink four or more cups of coffee a day are less likely to be depressed.

Well, OF COURSE they have a decreased risk of depression, Einstein. They're so busy peeing, calming their jitters, and trying not to be an over-caffeinated mess of a human being -- they don't have time to be depressed!

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Not that I'm complaining, of course. Any study that recommends drinking more coffee is perfectly fine by me, and I will wholeheartedly endorse it. Of course, we've known for a while now that caffeine is a stimulant, gives people more energy, and generally improves feelings of well-being. But this study goes even further by suggesting caffeine consumption can possibly protect against depression. In other words, the more caffeine a woman drinks, the more likely she is to be in good mental health.

Here's one of the researchers explaining why:

... coffee may keep you more active and more happy, and that may result in the long run in better brain health.

Something about that statement makes me think that I could be a scientist, too ... and, yet, I digress ...

The only problem with the results of this particular study? You have to drink a lot of caffeine for it to have that protective effect. And when you consider all the health benefits caffeine supposedly has -- it can stave off illnesses including prostate cancer, gout, and Alzheimer’s, boost brain power, and now allegedly reduce one's risk of depression -- you can't help but wonder if the coffee companies themselves are footing the bill for all this research. Just add this one to your long list of things that make you go, "Hmmmm."

How many cups of coffee do you drink a day?

 

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