Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Good news for female coffee drinkers

I recently wrote an article on the multiple health benefits of physical activity: according recent research, coffee may be chasing exercise in the health benefits stakes!

A Harvard School of Public Health researcher has just released data following a group of 50,000 women over 10 years and found that those who drink 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day had a 15% decrease in the risk of depression. For those who drank 4 cups per day the rate was 20% risk reduction!

As usual, there are still questions to be asked. As the results were "observational" and not "double blind" studies, the results will be good for promoting further debate and research, but not good for basing Public Health standards on. Also, the group were women with an average age of 63, so there is no data on the weaker sex! They will, no doubt, sip on their red wine and hope that they have chosen the right beverage for them.
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