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Resveratrol, SIRT1 and anti-aging

14 February, 2012 Anti-aging is one of the characteristics attributed to resveratrol. When resveratrol is in the body, it works to neutralize free radicals—rogue oxygen molecules that can damage or weaken cells. Free radicals can cause visible signs of aging, such as facial wrinkles, as well as injuries to the body’s internal structures, including damage to tissues or blood vessels.

Recent studies have indicated that resveratrol may prevent cells from overexerting themselves. Resveratrol turns on the SIRT1 protein, which controls the activation of genes.

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Tu B’Shvat--The Birthday of the Trees

7 February, 2012 In Israel, the almond trees have started to bloom. Their beautiful blossoms are a symbol of the holiday of Tu B’Shvat. The fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Shvat, to which the name of the day refers, is known as the birthday of Israel’s trees. Tu B’Shvat has been a key to agriculture in the land of Israel—both before and after the founding of the modern state—because it begins the year for fruit-bearing trees. Fruits grown in the land of Israel could not be tithed until the fourth year.

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