Resveratrol discussion on Infections and Viruses
Resveratrol Discussion: As the aging population in the United States continues to increase, our need to control or manage viral infections that target the elderly is also increasing. Various research articles have documented the ability of resveratrol to inhibit viral replication.
However, the mechanism of how resveratrol inhibits the viral replication remains elusive.
In a recent scientific article, a group of scientist has shed some light into how resveratrol might be inhibiting the Epstein-Barr Virus or EBV, as it is commonly called (Molecules, 2010, vol 15 pp 7115-7124). What the investigators discovered was that resveratrol blocked the synthesis of proteins required for the virus to replicate and also blocked proteins required for the virus to spread and infect nearby cells. 
EBV is significantly important since this virus can cause or be involved with different types of cancers such as Burkitt’s lymphoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma as well as other diseases such as systemic lupus and multiple sclerosis. Equally important is the fact that EBV infects the majority (90-95%) of the US population. This is a great coup d'état against latent viruses. 
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