Just been reading about opc3 and q10. Haven’t read enough yet but wondered if anyone had tried either of these. Thanks
I’ve tried Q10. Not so sure about opc3. I think it was some Boots “healthy brain & nerve” thing, that had several ingredients - one of which was Q10. Might have had opc3 bundled in with it.
Absolutely no difference here, I’m afraid. It’s one of those things I didn’t really expect a dramatic difference, but you take it, in the hope it might be helping, in the background. However, it gets very expensive (as well as tiresome) to keep popping all these supplements all the time, “just in case”, with no noticeable benefit.
I still do that with Vitamin D, as there is evidence it’s beneficial in MS - though I can’t say I ever felt better for taking it (but who knows how much worse I’d be if I didn’t?). I take B complex multivitamins, as well - another “just in case”, as supposedly good for repairing myelin, and a lot of MSers are short of B12, in particular.
I’ve tried lots of supplements, but have yet to take one that made me FEEL any better. I don’t just take random things, but those with at least some scientific backing. But personally, I think it’s unrealistic to expect dramatic improvement from any supplement. Even if they are helping, it’s likely to be in subtle ways that aren’t really measurable. You’re not going to leap out of bed one morning, shouting: “Yay! It’s as if I didn’t have MS!”
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