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A 16-year Harvard study published in The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry indicates that caffeinated coffee may lower suicide risk in both men and women by 50%.
Keep calm and get your caffeine on.
A recent Harvard study revealed that caffeinated coffee may lower the suicide risk in both men and women by 50%, Huffington Post reported.
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health compared the risk of suicide for adults who drank two to four cups of caffeinated coffee per day with non-coffee drinkers, who consumed less coffee per day and those who chose decaffeinated.
The study, published in The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, included more than 200,000 subjects observed during a 16-year period. Results indicated that the suicide risk for those who drank between two to four cups of coffee per day were about 50% less than the risk for subjects in the other groups.
“Unlike previous investigations, we were able to assess association of consumption of caffeinated and non-caffeinated beverages, and we identify caffeine as the most likely candidate of any putative protective effect of coffee,” lead researcher Michel Lucas said in the statement.
The findings are linked to a 2011 study also conducted by Harvard researchers who found that women who drank coffee showed a 15% reduced risk of having depression in comparison to non-coffee consumers.
“Overall, our results suggest that there is little further benefit for consumption above two to three cups per day or 400 mg of caffeine per day,” the study suggested.
Looks like a little morning coffee could do a latte for your health.