Women who consume high quantities of coffee may have a reduced risk of depression, according to a new study.
Coffee contains hundreds of components, each of which may have potential effects within the body. Coffee is also a notable source of caffeine. The most well-known effects of coffee are primarily related to its diuretic and stimulant properties.
In a recent study, researchers evaluated 50,739 women with no initial signs of depression throughout a 10 year follow-up period. Researchers collected data on caffeinated coffee consumption through questionnaires, and defined depression as a reported physician diagnosis along with the use of antidepressant drugs.
After the 10 year follow-up period, 2,607 cases of depression were identified. The researchers found that women who consumed two or three cups of caffeinated coffee per day had a 15 percent reduced risk of developing depression when compared to those who consumed one cup or less. Furthermore, women who consumed four or more cups had a 20 percent reduced risk when compared to those with the lowest consumption.
The authors concluded that high coffee consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of depression in women; however, further research is necessary before conclusion can be made.
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