Coffee, caffeine, mood and emotion – an overview
The terms ‘mood’ and ‘emotion’ are often used interchangeably in colloquial conversation. However, in scientific terms, mood and emotion have different definitions. A mood is a relatively long-lasting affective state32; while an emotion is of shorter duration. It has been suggested that emotions can be defined by episodes of synchronised change, with components such as bodily reactions (such as blushing), and motor expressions33.
In Europe, mental health and mental disorders (including depression and anxiety) pose a significant public health challenge34. Every year, 1 out of 15 people suffer from major depression in Europe, and if anxiety and all forms of depression are included, nearly 4 out of 15 people are affected35.
Evidence suggests that diet and exercise can affect neuronal development and physiology and protect the brain from neurological illnesses or injuries36. Of note, coffee, cocoa and tea are being actively investigated because they are rich in polyphenolic compounds that may have beneficial effects on mental health, including behaviour, mood, depression and cognition37.
Ja tak, jeg vil gerne modtage nyhedsbrev, når der er noget nyt om kaffe og helbred.