Coffee's Effect on Mental Health
Caffeine and Mood
Believe it or not, there is a study that proves that caffeine is a key element to improving mood and mental performance.
Coffee Health found in a recent study that caffeinated coffee had more of a positive effect on mood and attention than decaffeinated coffee. This suggests that substances other than caffeine, such as chlorogenic acids, may also affect mood and performance. Many people have reported that after drinking coffee, they feel 100% more productive than without it. Savannah Case, the founder of Prosper Coffee has found that she is able to work longer and harder after drinking two cups of coffee in the morning. She reported that without coffee she feels sluggish and unmotivated.
If you want to elevate your mood, we recommend that you start with drinking coffee. Caffeine is absorbed in the blood stream and then transported to the brain. Caffeine gives people the feeling of alertness, which has been found to help with mood swings.
As stated above, decaffeinated coffee can also elevate your mood. We believe that this is because coffee is a soothing beverage that brings people together from all different demographics and backgrounds. Moods have been found to be improved when communities and people come together, which makes sense why we love coffee and coffee shops so much.
NCBI has also reported that drinking coffee increases alertness, mood, and even exercise performance. However, if you do not have a tolerance for caffeine there may be short term side effects like headaches and drowsiness. If this happens, this means that you do not have a tolerance built up for caffeine and you may want to consume smaller amounts (400mg or less).
Caffeine and Depression
Coffee & Health reported many studies that have shown how caffeine helps with depression. Research suggests that caffeine is known to help fight depression. There was a study of 50,739 women (most around the age of 63 years). This study found that women who drank at least four cups of coffee per day were 15% to 20% less likely to have depression. This study compared these women with women who drank at most one cup of coffee per day.
Another study was conducted on Finnish men. This study found that if you were a heavy coffee drinker who consumed more than 813mg of caffeine, then you were 77% less likely to suffer from depression.
Lastly, 10,177 Korean individuals between the ages of 20-97 years, participated in the fifth Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, found that heavy coffee consumption may have a small protective effect on the risk of depression.
Moderation is Key
NCBI has found that there were negative effects of caffeine when taking more than 500mg of caffeine in a given time period, it will increase irritability and cause headaches. These are only short term effects; however, if you are seeing these signs that means that you simply just drank too much caffeine at one time. Like anything, if you drink too much alcohol, workout too hard or too long, then you will see negative effects.
Prosper Coffee recommends that you drink 2-4 cups of coffee per day. The Coffee Health blog had many valuable points on coffee and mood, and through our own research we have found all of these statements to be true. Caffeine affects every individual differently, so it is up to you to figure our what your body is comfortable with.
If you want to have a positive mood and decrease depression, we recommend that you start with drinking coffee.