Go ahead and indulge in that latte—it actually might be good for you! Find out why.

Beth Dreiling Hontzas

1. It may reduce your chance of developing diabetes. 
People who drink three to four cups of coffee each day are 25% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. (Go easy on adding sugar or any flavored syrups, which raise blood sugar and add calories.) 

2. It helps reduce muscle soreness after workouts. 
A recent study showed that a dose of caffeine equal to that found in two cups of coffee reduced post-exercise muscle soreness by nearly half.

3. It’s a great source of antioxidants. 
Antioxidants help protect your body from heart disease, stroke, and a slew of other diseases.

4. It’s a brain booster. 
Coffee increases short-term recall, plus people who drink 3 to 5 cups of coffee each day are 65% less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

5. It may reduce your risk for developing some cancers. 
Coffee drinkers are 50% less likely to get liver cancer than non-coffee drinkers. There’s also evidence that consumption is tied to lower rates of colon and breast cancers.