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Ignore all the talk about coffee being bad for you. Japan’s National Cancer Center recently announced that, based on a long-term study it conducted, coffee can actually lower the risk of dying from heart disease and cerebrovascular conditions, which affect blood circulation to the brain.
Recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study followed 90,914 Japanese people between the ages of 40 and 69 for 19 years, on average. When the study began, the participants had no history of cancer, cerebrovascular disease or heart conditions.
During the study, 12,874 participants died. Researchers found participants who regularly had three to four cups of coffee a day were 24% less likely to die from health issues, 36% less likely to develop heart conditions and 43% less likely to suffer from cerebrovascular diseases.
Why is coffee good for you? Likely due to its bioactive compounds, the study says. Caffeine improves the function of blood vessels’ inner lining, chlorogenic acid lowers blood pressure, and pyridinium has antithrombotic effects.
So don’t worry about providing coffee during work meetings or taking a coffee break when you need one— but make sure your employees aren’t spending all of their time hanging around the coffee machine. And make healthy sweeteners, such as agave syrup, available so they’re not loading up on refined sugar.
DC Investment Forum Oct. 8 & 9, 2015 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Toronto
Our 2015 DC Investment Forum brings together senior representatives from the country’s largest DC pension plans as well as leading providers. The theme is DC Investing in a Low-growth Environment.
Although hikes are on the horizon, interest rates remain low, and sluggish economic growth is expected to continue for the near term. In an environment of high volatility in equity markets and rising bond yields, what’s a DC investor to do? What investment strategies can help DC investors succeed, both in the short term and over the long term?
Topics could include:
- New approaches to the DC default
- Alternatives/non-traditional investments
- Global DC plan design trends
- Continuing evolution of target-date funds
- Decumulation and DC plan members
Find more information on this and other industry events at benefitscanada.com/conferences
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