This article comes bearing good news for all coffee drinkers. If you are a coffee lover, you will know the joy of a good cup of perfectly roasted morning coffee. But recent studies show that the benefits of coffee probably stretch beyond the much sought after caffeine high.

Coffee’s aroma and taste improve productivity. We’ve all experienced this first hand. Personally coffee is one of the main reasons I am able to get out of bed on those super early mornings. If you’re in a work slump, there is no doubt that a cup of coffee can do wonders to your productivity and motivation.

Because of the amount of coffee most of us drink on a daily basis, it can actually be considered one of the greatest sources of antioxidants in our diet. And since coffee contains unique antioxidants, growing evidence suggests that coffee may lower your risk of many common diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, alzheimer’s, dementia and more.

Coffee is great for the mind too. Daily drinkers of the java are less likely to be depressed than coffee abstainers, and this applies to caffeinated and decaffeinated options (so it has nothing to do with the caffeine rush after all). The reason for this is because coffee acts as a mild antidepressant by upping the production of serotonin, commonly known as the ‘happy hormone’.

Are you a workout freak? Then there is a place for coffee in your diet too. Pre-workout coffee perks up athletic performance and increases fat burning during exercise, especially in endurance sports.

All that being said, it is important to watch out for unnecessary calories and sugar that can come from store bought coffee. A Grande Caramel Machiatto from Starbucks has over 300 calories while a homemade Americano will only have about 20-30 calories! Also, you should be drinking filtered coffee, as unfiltered variations can increase cholesterol levels in some people. Make the wiser choice and enjoy your coffee guilt free. So whether you choose to drink coffee for all of its health benefits or simply because it makes you feel good on the inside, you certainly don’t have to feel bad about it anymore!