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.
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