Coffee is somewhat of a necessity for most active, busy people. In fact, in today’s world, some people start drinking coffee as early as high school and gradually increase their intake throughout life.
And while coffee is delicious and has some benefits, more research and studies are being done that have found a correlation between coffee and depression.
In fact, if you drink anything that contains a high amount of caffeine, you might be at a greater risk for anxiety and depression.
Performance Levels May Decrease with Coffee Intake
Many studies on the effects of coffee have looked at how caffeine affects a person after its intake. Coffee is mentioned several times in the studies, especially since coffee has such high levels of caffeine, about 100mg per cup.
In one study, caffeine intake was studied in college students, who are probably some of the highest users of caffeine. The results showed that students who drank more caffeine, usually from coffee, but also from energy drinks, were typically higher on the depression scale.
And while the caffeine may have helped them stay up later and focus on their studies, their grades and test scores didn’t show this. Those who had higher levels of caffeine actually performed worse than those with lower levels.
Effects of Caffeine and Sugar
Unfortunately, the side effects of caffeine are made even worse when mixed with sugar, something that most coffee lovers can’t go without.
An extensive study was done on people who reported feeling depressed. The group was put on a caffeine-free diet first, and the majority reported an improvement in their moods.
However, they were then divided into two groups. One received caffeine and sugar and the other received just sugar. Those who received the combination had higher levels of depression after the study.
Caffeine by itself already causes issues with blood sugar. Combined with actual sugar, blood sugar levels will fluctuate, which can place unneeded pressure on the brain.
This often leads to depression, anxiety, and panic. In fact, a very distinct correlation was found between psych ward patients who had panic attacks and depression due to their intake of coffee.
Unfortunately, many people are unaware how coffee, can cause or worsen depression. With more than half of the nation drinking at least a cup a day, this has become a very serious and overlooked problem.
If you drink coffee, even just a few times a week, and suffer from depression or anxiety, you might want to consider taking coffee out of your diet. If you can’t part from having your daily cup of Joe, try reducing or cutting out sugar all together from your cup. It may be hard to adjust, but afterwards, you’ll probably feel better than ever.
Try replacing your daily cup of coffee with a green or white tea. These teas are flavorful, but also have lower levels of caffeine, so are less likely to cause your body harm.
Since we are on the topic of depression, here’s a video of Dale Carnegie of FitLifeTV providing a couple of tips on how you can get rid of depression naturally.