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Health Tip: Coffee May Be a Healthy Way to Start Your Day

Rich in antioxidants that can protect against heart disease

(HealthDay News) -- Your morning cup of java may be one of the healthiest beverages in your diet, as more studies show the health benefits of coffee.

Two cups a day of coffee may promote heart health, decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes, and reduce leg pain related to exercise in many people, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Researchers have also been investigating the possibility that coffee could protect against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The beverage is one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the American diet.

The USDA says the levels and benefits of antioxidants seem to be equal in both caffeinated and non-caffeinated coffees. However, watch your intake of cream and sugar, as well as mixed coffee drinks that may be high in calories and sugar.

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