Coffee drinking linked to lower rates of depression

Scientists have concluded that drinking several cups of coffee a day may help prevent depression in women.

A new study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, revealed that consuming four or more cups of caffeinated coffee cut the risk of clinical depression by 20 per cent when compared with drinking one or fewer cups per week.

The research, involving 50,739 women, formed part of the  Nurses’ Health Study, a major US investigation exploring health and lifestyle.

The scientists found no similar association with decaffeinated coffee or other sources of caffeine, such as soft drinks.