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Women: Does Coffee Make You Happy?

A study of women, caffeine and depression found more of the former meant less risk of the latter.

Does that skinny vanilla latte or caramel marvel give your mood a boost? There may actually be a medical reason why.

A new study looking at caffeine and depression among women found that the more coffee they consumed the lower the risk of depression.

"Caffeine is the world's most widely used central nervous system stimulant," said the authors reporting on the study in the Sept. 28 issue of the Archive of Internal Medicine.

A in Bloomfield Township, shift leader Lamia Helov sees coffee as a mood lifter, and has her own opinion – as a woman and a daily observer of coffee drinkers – about why. "I think a lot of women treat themselves with coffee," Helov said. 

At Biggby, a lot of women are ordering the pumpkin spice latte this fall, and the old standby, the caramel marvel, Helov said.

At the at Long Lake and Telegraph, favorites include the skinny vanilla latte or chai tea latte.

The authors of the caffeine study, from Harvard and Columbia universities, said more study is needed to determine if usual caffeinated coffee consumption can contribute to the prevention of depression.

swag October 11, 2011 at 05:06 AM
Only a fool would equate a decrease in depression symptoms with "happiness".
evie katrine September 30, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Isn't that exactly what "happiness" is? It's simply a temporary emotion. So, if someone where depressed and coffee eased a few symptoms for a time, then that could be described as happy. My own experience: I have mild depression. Recently I've been drinking coffee around noon some days. On those days I am significantly more upbeat than on the days that I don't drink any coffee. Yeah, coffee makes me "happy"; that's the best way to describe it. However, if you drink coffee too late in the day, the caffeine can affect sleep. This can be detrimental for someone suffering with depression.

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