How to reduce depression risk?
Depression remains a threat to human’s psychological health. Treating it is never easy. In most cases, it involves medication and psychotherapy.
Fortunately, there’s one drink that could help to solve this problem.
A study published in 2011 found that drinking caffeinated coffee could help reduce depression risk.
The researchers followed more than 50,000 American nurses for ten years.
Prior to the study, the participants had no sign of depression.
For ten years, the researchers tracked the caffeine consumption of the participants.
The participants drank caffeinated drinks such as coffee, soft drinks, and non-herbal tea.
The finding suggests that drinking caffeinated drinks was linked to reduced depression risk. The authors of the study concluded:
“In this large prospective cohort of older women free of clinical depression or severe depressive symptoms at baseline, risk of depression decreased in a dose-dependent manner with increasing consumption of caffeinated coffee.”
But how many cups of coffee should we drink a day to stay out of depression?
The authors suggest that drinking two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day will reduce depression risk by 15%.
However, those who drink four or more cups a day decreased depression risk by 20%.
Does this mean that the more coffee we drink, the more we could avoid depression?
Although the sample of the previous study was large, it can not give us conclusive insight.
This is due to the nature of the study. Thus, the authors said that the study “… cannot prove that caffeine or caffeinated coffee reduces the risk of depression but only suggests the possibility of such a protective effect.”
Nonetheless, the findings could provide us a clue that drinking caffeinated drinks may be helpful to our psychological health.
But proper caution must be observed especially for those who have medical conditions.
People who have heart disease may restrain themselves from consuming too much-caffeinated drinks.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.