While some experts have speculated that the antioxidants in coffee have health benefits, a large new study, in the Archives of Internal Medicine, says women are less likely to become depressed if they drink a few cups a day.  The study's results were explained on Health.com.  50,000 women between the ages of 30 and 55 were looked at.  These women  filled out surveys about their health and their coffee consumption.  And what the study found was very interesting.

The study showed women who averaged two to three cups per day were 15% less likely to develop depression.  Those who drank four cups daily, reduced their risk of depression development by 20%.  "Previous research, including a study published last year that was conducted among men in Finland, has linked caffeine consumption to a lower risk of depression and suicide (Health.com)."

It's hard to say for sure if it's the caffeine or not because apparently women who drank decaf experienced the very same results as women who drank caffeinated.  There also was not enough data collected of women who drank caffeinated teas and sodas to see if tea/soda drinkers had the same good results.

So if you drink coffee each morning to help start your day or drink it after lunch time to give yourself a little extra pick me up, then you're doing the right thing.  It's probably one of those things that it helps keep you going that little bit so you are productive, feel productive and therefore, feel great about your day and yourself.  Cheers!