Coffee connected with lower risk of death by suicide

By Shayna Brouker • Published: November 10th, 2016
Category: Health in a Heartbeat

If you feel better after getting just a whiff of freshly brewed coffee, here’s another reason to grab that second cup of joe in the morning: Studies have found those who drink coffee are less likely to commit suicide.

More than 200,000 health professionals were assessed every four years for their coffee consumption habits and other factors. The study, published in the World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, found a link between greater consumption of coffee and a lower risk of suicide.

It’s not the first time researchers have suggested that coffee can have life-affirming properties. In a 30-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published last year, non-smokers who downed three to five cups of coffee a day were 15 percent less likely than non-drinkers to die of any cause, including heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke, neurological ailments and suicide.

They enjoyed the benefits whether their coffee was caffeinated or not. The caveat is that coffee drinking should be an addition to a healthy lifestyle, not a replacement for a balanced diet, regular exercise and sufficient sleep. And go easy on the cream and sugar — most of the time, a little milk is fine.

What’s the secret to the java jolt? Scientists think coffee’s compounds act as antioxidants, decrease overall inflammation in the body, improve blood sugar regulation and more. No more than three to five cups daily is the safe and recommended amount.

So, go ahead, pour another cup and drink to a longer — and happier — life.