The favorite way to feed our caffeine addiction may just save your life. According to a recent study by Harvard University, drinking two to four cups of regular coffee a day had half the risk of suicide in comparison with those who drink either decaffeinated coffee or no coffee at all. On top of all the other observed benefits of coffee, it can now save your life.
The evidence that the coffee bean is a miracle food continues to pile up, as study after study showcase the benefits of drinking the popular morning beverage. On top of the Harvard study suggesting it can save lives by lowering suicide risk, The magic beans will ward off skin cancer and Alzheimer’s, reduce heart failure and diabetes risks, heighten focus, and maybe even protect liver health,” according to Time Magazine.
Published in The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, the Harvard study followed over 200,000 people during a period of 16 years. Those participants that were found to feed their caffeine cravings with coffee had a suicide risk of less than half their non-coffee drinking cohorts.
So how exactly did this study work? Michel Lucas, Ph.D., lead researcher for the study and a researcher for the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health summarized the process used in the study. “we were able to assess association of consumption of caffeinated and non-caffeinated beverages, and we identify caffeine as the most likely candidate of any putative protective effect of coffee,” he said.
Psychcentral.com summarized the researchers findings on the potentially life saving benefits of coffee by saying “not only does caffeine stimulate the central nervous system, but it may act as a mild antidepressant by boosting production of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline. This could explain the lower depression risk among coffee drinkers found in past epidemiological studies.”
So although coffee may have negative side-effects such as insomnia and disturbed sleep cycles, drinking a few cups a day might just save your life by lowering your risk of suicide. So raise your mug and have another cup as you get ready for another work week to begin.
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