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Caffeine wards off depression in female coffee drinkers

Published on 27/09/2011

Female health insurance customers who are concerned about their mental health should drink several cups of coffee a day, new research has revealed.

Published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the study looked at over 50,000 female nurses in the US.

The nurses recorded their coffee consumption in questionnaires over a ten year period from 1996 to 2006. Around 2,600 of the women developed depression over the period, most of them being classed as non or low coffee drinkers.

The US researchers calculated that those who drank four or more cups a day cut their risk of clinical depression by up to 20%, even after controlling variables like weight, blood pressure and lifestyle choices.

The experts say that the caffeine in coffee may alter the brain’s chemistry, and it adds weight to the work of others which found lower suicide rates among coffee drinkers.

However, they add that it’s too soon to start recommending that women should increase their coffee drinking.

Professor Bertil Fredholm, an expert in pharmacology and physiology at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, said the findings were reassuring for coffee-lovers.

"This removes yet another anxiety regarding caffeine use. Drunk in moderation, the evidence is strong that it is not one of the things we do that is going to damage your health."

This comes after news that coffee can reduce your risk of stroke.

If you are worried about your mental health make sure you buy a health insurance policy with full psychiatric cover. Compare medical insurance quotes now to get peace of mind about your future healthcare.

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