Drink Your Coffee & Decrease Your Risk of Suicide
Drink Your Morning Cup of Coffee
Wake up and smell the coffee! According to researchers at Harvard University, a cup of Joe may have the benefit of reducing suicide risk.
Dr. Michel Lucas and colleagues weighed three large studies in which U.S. citizens’ coffee consumption was assessed every four years by validated food-frequency questionnaires: the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, the Nurses’ Health Study, and the NHS II.1 Out of approximately 208,500 men and women, there were a total of 277 deaths as a result of suicide.1 It was found that people who consumed caffeinated coffee regularly, rather than other caffeinated beverages, actually decreased their risk of suicide by 50 percent, especially when they enjoyed at least two to three cups a day.1 Drinking any more than three cups did not have any added positive effects.1
Positive Effects of Coffee
Research suggests that caffeine boosts the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline in the brain, producing mild antidepressant effects.1 This could be why there is a decrease in suicide.1 However, as large amounts of caffeine have adverse effects, such as increase heart rate, researchers caution users to drink their Joe in moderation.1
 Duerr, H. A. (2013, September 13). Take a Cup o’ Joe and Call Me in the Morning—Coffee Consumption Linked to Lower Suicide Risk. Psychiatric Times. Retrieved September 20, 2013, from http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/suicide/take-cup-o-joe-coffee-consumption-linked-lower-suicide-risk