Resveratol is found in several everyday-substances like red wine, peanuts, pistachios, a certain type of chocolates, and a few berries, Resveratrol is a natural substance found in plants that has properties similar to that of an antioxidant. It is shown to have reduced oxidative Stress and lower blood pressure in humans and is commonly consumed as a dietary supplement for several medical purposes.
Some of the purposes it serves include:
As mentioned above, Resveratrol is found to have shown successful implications for the potential treatment and prevention of cancer in several studies that were conducted on samples of cells collected from animals. The success of this treatment on human cancer cells is yet to be completely determined.
Research cites that there are three ways in which the administration of Resveratrol can prove to be beneficial as an add-on during cancer treatment, which are:
Cancer treatment can be quite painful in certain cases and produce long-lasting side effects that take a while to heal. Resveratrol has not only shown to affect cancerous cells during treatment, but it has also shown the potential to decrease side effects faced by patients because of radiation and Chemotherapy. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, Resveratrol has shown abilities to help treat and decrease side effects like:
Some studies have shown that Resveratrol is effective in all three stages of cancer, which are initiation, promotion, and progression. A phytoalexin i.e., a substance obtained from plant substances, Resveratrol exhibits properties that treat, prevent the onset and growth of cancer. It is known to destroy the ability of cancerous cells to replicate and change them genetically to prevent reproduction. It is shown thus to have chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic properties, and these have been exhibited in certain cases while conducting lab experiments as well. For example, a study on Skin Cancer in rats has shown Resveratrol to exhibit chemopreventive abilities.
The anticarcinogenic properties of Resveratrol were exhibited in several tests conducted on animal samples and a certain amount of human culture samples. Hence the extent of the effect the compound has on human cancer cells is yet to be completely determined.
While scientific evidence based on research suggests that Resveratrol doesn't have any visible side effects when consumed in short doses of about a gram a day, doctors are concerned about the kind of effect it's long term consumption may have on patients.
A dose of over 2.5 grams a day may lead to certain painful gastrointestinal side effects like vomiting, diarrhea, or Nausea. It is also shown to cause liver dysfunction in patients suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
It has been suggested that it is best not to consume Resveratrol supplements individually, but rather as an addition to an on-going treatment plan. Side effects can change from patient to patient, and hence it is important to discuss how the compound can be added to one's existing medical plan with a doctor.
Resveratrol has also been known to react with certain drugs and medicines, and some doctors advise against its intake for patients on certain medications like antiplatelet drugs and carbamazepine. So it's always best to properly consult a medical practitioner before it's intake.