Stilbenes and Stilbenoids
Stilbenes are stress metabolites produced in plant leaves as well as in sapwood in response to fungal infection. These phytochemicals are known as plant defense compounds and also have an enormous diversity of effects on biological and cellular processes applicable to human health. The biological effects of a well-characterized stilbene, resveratrol, include induction of cell differentiation, regulation of anti-inflammatory action, as well as antioxidant and anti-aging role. The stilbenes are found in small fruits such as grapes, berries, peanuts and medicinal plants.