Resveratrol is an antioxidant phytochemical. Phytochemicals are chemicals produced by plants. These are the chemicals that plants use to defend themselves against disease; Research has shown that these same chemicals can prove equally beneficial to the human body, helping in areas like cancer, heart disease and diabetes prevention.
In lab & animal tests resveratrol has been shown to inhibit a number of types of cancer including breast, prostate, stomach, colon, pancreatic and thyroid cancer.
Why does it matter to you?
In a test tube resveratrol is an effective antioxidant (neutralises free radicals), and inhibits inflammation (uncontrolled inflammation leads to many diseases).
In both a test tube and a living organism resveratrol has been shown to inhibit pathological angiogenesis (the blood supply for cancer).
Resveratrol has been shown to induce appropriate cell death in damaged cells, which may show it has a role in preventing the cell mutations that can lead to cancer.
Resveratrol has been shown to delay the development of heart disease.
How much do you need?
There is no RDA (recommended daily amount) for phytochemicals like resveratrol but the general advice is that diets high in antioxidants are beneficial.
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