The doctoral research of a Hebrew University Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences member has led to the discovery of a new antioxidant. Dr. Orit Bossi succeeded in isolating a plant-based antioxidant that delays the aging process by countering the breakdown of collagen fibers in the skin. With this discovery, Dr. Bossi is hopeful about the development of a new generation of cosmetic products which will not only fight wrinkles but will also be effective against deeper levels of skin wrinkles. This research was conducted under the supervision of Zecharia Madar, the Karl Bach Professor of Agricultural Biochemistry at the Hebrew University, and Prof. Shlomo Grossman of Bar-Ilan University.

Research Findings
a. This is a plant-based antioxidant.
b. It has the ability to retard the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin.
c. This antioxidant has the ability to withstand high temperatures.
d. It is soluble in water and does not oxidize easily.
e. It remains effective for a longer period of time.
f. The plant source of the antioxidant has not been revealed.
g. This research is in the process of being patented.

Highlights of the experiment
a. Experiments were conducted on mice skin tissue.
b. The mice were separated into two groups and exposed to the sun's rays.
c. One group received the antioxidant and the other group did not.
d. The cells of the untreated mice exhibited an increase in free radicals causing wrinkles.
e. The cells of the treated mice showed no significant increase in the free radicals level.