Coffee helps depression and halves suicide tendency

women who drink coffee cut their risk of depression by 15 percent compared to those who don’t. Caffeine7 has also been found to promote production of the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline. As explained by World of Caffeine:8
“Many of caffeine’s powers depend on its power to pass into the central nervous system (CNS). To enter the CNS, caffeine must cross the blood-brain barrier… Even when injected into the bloodstream, many drugs fail to penetrate this barrier… However, caffeine passes through the blood-brain barrier as if it did not exist. All psychoactive drugs, including caffeine, achieve their effects by imitating or altering the release or uptake of neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers that direct how the neurons of the CNS interact with each other.
Caffeine achieves many of its effects by blocking the activity of adenosine… Because one of the primary actions of adenosine is to make us tired or sleepy, caffeine, by blocking the uptake of adenosine, keeps us from feeling the effects of fatigue. But scientists have learned that, largely as a consequence of its blockade of adenosine receptors, caffeine also has profound effects on most of the other major neurotransmitters, including dopamine, acetylcholine, serotonin, and, in high doses, on norepinephrine.”
Increasing your dopamine levels may have a beneficial impact on mood, while increasing acetylcholine may help improve long-term memory. Meanwhile, it is commonly thought that adjusting your serotonin levels upward may play a role in relieving depression. This is primarily how antidepressants work.
That said, it’s worth noting that the low serotonin theory, which antidepressant drugs attempt to address, has been thoroughly debunked. Investigations have been done to see whether or not depressed people actually have lower serotonin levels in their brains, and in 1983 the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) concluded that:
“There is no evidence that there is anything wrong in the serotonergic system of depressed patients.”

Still, coffee appears to affect a number of neurotransmitters related to mood control, so it’s certainly plausible that this could have an effect on your general sense of wellbeing.

Research has also shown that coffee triggers a mechanism in your brain that releases a growth factor called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which activates your brain stem cells to convert into new neurons, thereby improving your brain health. Interestingly enough, recent research9 also suggests that low BDNF levels may play a significant role in depression, and that increasing neurogenesis has an antidepressant effect! This may be yet another piece of the puzzle explaining whyexercise tends to have a higher success rate in treating depression than antidepressant drugs do, as exercise naturally increases BDNF levels10 in your body.

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20 Responses to “Coffee helps depression and halves suicide tendency”

  1. Lucas Moore says:

    Sit down & relax when you eat to reduce adrenalin which causes sugar craving.

    Tahitian Noni Juice

  2. Glan Deas says:

    Yes!! coffee appears to affect a number of neurotransmitters related to mood control. Gives instant relaxation.

    Kopi Luwak

  3. Anonymous says:

    There’s a myth with coffee that it helps with a hangover or when you are drunk.

    Coffee is a diuretic so will make you want to go to the toilet in the middle of the night and dehydrate you even further (on top of the alcohol).

    A glass of water (or two) and (if you can) a banana -for the potassium – is far, far better than coffee for easing the hangover in the morning. Plenty of sleep too, of course.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Cocoa ‘might prevent memory decline’

    Hot drink It is not the first time cocoa has been linked with health benefits

    Drinking cocoa every day may help older people keep their brains healthy, research suggests.

    A study of 60 elderly people with no dementia found two cups of cocoa a day improved blood flow to the brain in those who had problems to start with.

    Those participants whose blood flow improved also did better on memory tests at the end of the study, the journal Neurology reported.


  5. Anonymous says:


    Indian saffron/curcumin is good for keeping the brain (and many other parts of your body) in order too.

    Just beware of the eBay stuff. If you can, get the purest form directly from India.

    Apologies if you already knew this, but other people can benefit from it.

    Curcumin is particularly good for arthritis/fibromyalgia. I know this because my partner suffers badly with it and you will try anything to ease the pain.

    – Cobalt

  6. Anonymous says:

    Great info Cobalt

    Arthritis? ever checked out lyprinol


    Lifeplus – lyprinex
    lyprinex™ is manufactured utilizing a patented extraction process to stabilize the oil derived from the green- lipped mussels to maximize its beneficial qualities.

    apparently you can try for 30 days or your money back but please double check


  7. Wish13 says:

    But, is this only true for pure – as in straight from coffee/fresh coffee? What about caffeine derived from so called ‘Energy Drinks’. Presumably this form is man made in origin. I’ve no doubt that most other ingredients of energy drinks are hazardous – such as aspartame etc – was just curious.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, HETT.

    Will check that out.

    – Cobalt

  9. Anonymous says:

    Interesting to know how you get on Cobalt.

    lifeplus may be a good place to try first as they used to promote the original (have done for many years)


  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi Tap, If we look at this information in a different way.
    Coffee keeps you awake, if you are awake you most likely want to do something.
    If you are doing something, you have less time to think of suicide.
    So without all the gobbledygook its simple, drink coffee, stay alive.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Anon 7:26.
    What hope is there for the rest of us, that don’t like coffee.

  12. Anonymous says:

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  13. Anonymous says:

    ”Interesting to know how you get on Cobalt.

    lifeplus may be a good place to try first as they used to promote the original (have done for many years)


    6:06 pm”

    I think you have answered your own question their, mate,

    – Cobalt

  14. Anonymous says:

    Do you drink Coffee by any chance HETT.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Was hoping for a daily news story by Tap today,

    Waited all day too.

    Will have to go back to MSM or ‘Before It’s News’ for my daily source.

    Hiding away only works for so long.

  16. Anonymous says:

    RE 5:54 pm

    Coffee one of my worldly vices.


  17. Anonymous says:

    I think Tap may have gone to Area 51, to book his apartment.

  18. Anonymous says:

    According to Stephen Cherniske, 90% of his patients with depression find their depression goes away if they *stop* all forms of caffeine for two months.

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