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Coffee and Depression

Posted by Erin Fischer on

Last week we looked at the impact that coffee can have on your mental health in general. In today’s post we are focusing on why if you experience depression, you should drink coffee and the best time to drink it to have the best impact.

Coffee is great for depression this is partially due to the caffeine in it but also since it contains the following: chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid, and caffeic acid. These acids can help reduce the inflammation of nerve cells that occur in the brain of people who experience depression. Coffee is better at reducing depression than regular tea due to these acids however green tea has similar impacts to coffee due to the antioxidants it contains. Other caffeinated drinks aren’t going to help treat depression as they only contain caffeine and not the antioxidants which have an impact, not to mention that energy drinks contain high amounts of sugar and other chemicals. So, if you need a boost and are experiencing depression it’s best to reach for coffee or green tea and leave the other drinks.

To experience these positive side affects of coffee you will need to consume between 1-4 cups of coffee a day (or up to 400mg), with it being suggested that you spread out 3 cups of coffee (or green tea) throughout your day to allow for mental stability.

For many people as soon as they wake up, before they’ve had a chance to eat, they grab a cup of coffee. It’s better to wait until mid-morning so that the hormone Cortisol has lowered as this will make the caffeine have a better impact. Cortisol (or the stress hormone) is a hormone that can enhance alertness and focus, along with regulating your metabolism, immune system response and blood pressure. Cortisol plus coffee can equal stress which is why it’s recommended not to drink coffee when Cortisol levels are high. For the average person Cortisol levels peak three times during the day: 8.00am to 9.00am, 12.00pm to 1.00pm and 5.30pm to 6.30pm. The good thing is there is no long-term side effects if you drink coffee during those times when your Cortisol levels are high, just that you may cause yourself unnecessary stress.

There is also no proof that having a cup of coffee on an empty stomach has any negative or positive side effects either. Though in some people drinking it on empty stomach can cause reflux or other digestive issues but it is all up to the individual.

Who would've thought that coffee is great for Depression and has scientific proof that it's recommended you drink it? Not that you needed an excuse to drink it. 

For more articles like this check out the coffee tab, including posts by Nathaniel Flemming Barty's new coffee expert. 

Feel free to drop by, just say, Hey Erin in strict confidence and you can be anonymous if you wish. Or, do not hesitate to leave a question in the comments below any time

References:

Should you Drink Coffee on an Empty Stomach

This is the Best Time of Day to Drink Coffee

When Is the Best Time to Drink Coffee?

Caffeine and Depression: Positive and Negative Effects

What to Know About Coffee and Depression 

A Review of Energy Drinks and Mental Health with a Focus on Stress, Anxiety and Depression


 

About Erin Fischer

Am the qualified mental health professional at Barty Single Origin. Write topical pieces with a focus on mental health. Always available on chat, Just say, 'Hey Erin'. Passionate about reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness and letting people know it's A-OK to be not OK. Mental health advocate, Anxiety survivor, baker, crafter, cat lover, blogger, and always down to get a coffee and chat.


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