|Besides being an antioxidant, resveratrol is an anti-mutagen and a strong anti-inflammatory. An anti-mutagen is a compound that inhibits the mutation of healthy normal cells into cancerous growths and tumors. You are probably familiar with the term anti-inflammatory. Many common over the counter pain relievers are anti-inflammatory medications, but there are many natural anti-inflammatories.
Chronic inflammation is believed to be at the root of many diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Synthetic anti-inflammatories cannot be taken on a regular basis to prevent chronic inflammation without risking other health problems. Natural anti-inflammatories, on the other hand, are found primarily in plant foods and can be consumed on a regular basis throughout a persons life with no side effects.
Since it is one of the natural anti-inflammatories, it is believed that the benefits of resveratrol include the prevention of heart disease, cancer and other diseases associated with chronic inflammation. These are benefits that resveratrol pills may also provide.
Other benefits of resveratrol are still being studied. It may have an anti-aging effect on cells and is being studied for its effects on Alzheimers. Benefits of resveratrol in cancer prevention, suppression and treatment are being studied.
A recent report in the Journal of Infectious Diseases states that resveratrol decreased the reproduction of the influenza virus in cell lines and rats, in other words it may be useful in preventing or treating the flu.