Does Caffeine Benefit or Worsen Depression?
There are endless studies and articles suggesting that caffeine (in moderation) is good for us, and just as many studies and articles claiming it is harmful. When a health topic is so divided, let's look at it from the place where it isn't either/or. The core health principles apply: everything in moderation, know that everybody's system reacts differently, and stay in dialogue with your doctor and health professionals who know your medical history and conditions.
- Caffeine has helpful antioxidants that fight liver disease and other conditions
- The folate, polyphenols, and theanine in green tea can boost mood
- Caffeine can help shield brain cells from disorders such as Alzheimer's, dementia, and Parkinson's
- Improved energy, memory and alertness
- Black coffee can boost metabolism and weight loss
- Caffeic acid minimizes nerce cell inflammation that is typical in brains with depression
For many, coffee has been found to improve and prevent depression's symptoms. A limited amount of daily caffeine from either coffee or tea (green tea seems to top the list) is associated with greatly minimize depression. Of course, for those with severe or diagnosed clinical depression or mood disorders, it is important to always follow your doctor's instructions and prescriptions for any medications necessary. Coffee does not replace the medication that your doctor has determined necessary, though it can definitely help limit the severity, frequency or occurrence of depression episodes.
Caffeine Harmful Symptoms
- Chest palpitations
- Higher blood pressure
- Anxiety and nervousness
- Muscle tremors
Generally, caffeine can trigger inflammation and depression symptoms. Again, it is important to remember that each person's system and reactions will be different. Those who are more sensitive to anxiety and panic attacks may be more prone to experiencing negative effects from caffeine. Similarly, sensitive systems may be harsher reactions to caffeine's temporary spike and following crash. Always observe and keep track of your response to caffeine. You can make note of whether your mood or any other health conditions are worsened at all following caffeine intake.