There have been many studies, conducted on animals and more recently on humans, about the cancer fighting effects of Resveratrol. Resveratrol interacts with multiple molecular targets and has a positive effect on the cells of breast, skin, gastric, colon, prostate, pancreatic cancer and leukemia.
When applied to the skin, resveratrol has an effect on melanomas (skin cancer) by inhibiting the damaged skin and decreased skin cancer incidence. However, when injected, resveratrol at levels of 2.5-10 mg/kg slowed the growth of cancer. Resveratrol in high doses can slow the growth of neuroblastomas.
It is also an effective antioxidant. Resveratrol protects against apoptotic stimuli (a DNA damaging agent) and ischemic damage (tissue damage due to lack of oxygen and nutrients).
The component in resveratrol that gives it its antioxidant qualities is called Polyohenol. Unstable molecules called free radicals cause oxidative damage to our tissues and as well as our cells by destroying their integral parts (DNA, membranes and proteins). When these cells are attacked, the organs which host these cells can also malfunction and health complications will eventually ensue. Polyohenol counters the free radicals' attacks even in the face of pollution, UV radiation, poor diet and other things which can generate oxidative stress.
Also, a very recent study has proved that Resveratrol has anti-aging benefits. This is because it stimulates production of SIRT1, a serum that blocks diseases by speeding up the cell's centre of energy production, the mitochondria.