Coffee may protect against depression in women: study

DRINKING coffee might help alleviate depression in women, a large prospective study shows.

US researchers found a possible protective effect of caffeine, with women who drank four or more cups of coffee a day most protected.

Drinking 2–3 cups of coffee a day was associated with a 15% reduced risk of developing depression, whereas four or more cups a day was associated with a 20% reduced risk.

The effects of drinking six or more cups of coffee a day could not be assessed because of the small number of study participants who consumed such an amount.

More than 50,000 women, mean age 63 years, taken from the Nurses’ Health Study, were tracked for 10 years.

None had depressive symptoms at baseline but 2607 cases of clinical depression were identified during follow-up.

Decaffeinated coffee was not associated with depression risk.

Previous studies have shown a lower suicide risk among those who drink