It’s no secret that America is addicted to coffee and soda – both loaded with caffeine. “There are plenty of experts who will tell you that even a modest amount of caffeine can contribute to depression,” explains EatThis.com, which adds that even moderate coffee drinkers score higher on depression scales. This could be primarily from disruption of quality sleep – which is important for mood regulation – it notes.
In the spirit of presenting more than one view, we’ll also tell you that MedicalNewsToday.com has touted the benefits of caffeine for reducing depression. It acknowledges the medical world is split whether caffeine is helpful for depressive patients, but cites extensive research from China that shows “that the risk of depression as a result of caffeine intake actually fell when individuals increased their daily intake of caffeine.” Coffee also has antioxidant properties, which can battle inflammation and lessen symptoms of depression, it adds.