Coffee Helps Lower Depression In Women

September 27, 2011 Updated Sep 27, 2011 at 6:55 PM EDT

By WKBW News

September 27, 2011 Updated Sep 27, 2011 at 6:55 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) A new study finds that caffeinated coffee is more than just a pick-me-up, it can also lower a woman's risk of depression.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health studied nearly 51-thousand women.

They tracked the coffee they drank all the way back to 1980 and their risk for depression was studied from 1996 to 2006.

They were all free of clinical depression when the study began, but the study found by 2006, those women who drank two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day had a 15-percent lower risk for depression.

Women who drank four or more cups a day lowered the risk by 20 percent.

Researchers say there isn't any proof that caffeine or caffeinated coffee reduces the risk of depression, but it may offer a protective effect.

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