Every week in America, 200 new cases of multiple sclerosis, or MS, are diagnosed. There are currently more than 2 million people worldwide suffering from the disease.
If you’re one of them, you already understand the impact of MS. It attacks the brain and spinal cord, affecting everything from your vision to your muscle control.
Receiving an MS diagnosis doesn’t mean you’ll experience all the symptoms—in fact, some people live with MS symptom-free. But others suffer from chronic issues, like muscle spasms, daily pain, depression, fatigue, and lack of bladder and digestive control. Those that battle symptoms face an ongoing struggle.
The good news is that there are ways you can take back control of your body even if you have MS. Recent research reveals that antioxidant use can reduce symptoms and help control the disease.
Read on to find out more about the latest science and, more importantly, how you can use it to your advantage to take control of your MS!
MS: The Mystery Disease
Despite how common MS is, there’s still a lot that the scientific and medical communities don’t understand about it.
MS doesn’t have a known cause. However, scientists believe that a genetic predisposition to MS, combined with environmental triggers, is likely the culprit.
Most professionals view MS as an autoimmune disease—the immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord.
The lack of understanding makes MS difficult to treat. There’s no known cure, and while physical therapy and steroids can help reduce symptoms, they don’t attack the source of the disease.
The Potential of OPCs as MS Treatment
But research also shows that oxidative stress could be the cause behind MS. A 2015 study confirmed this, showing that oxidative stress played a role in the development of the disease.
When people who are predisposed to the disease are exposed to environmental triggers, the free radicals in the body try to stabilize, leading to oxidative stress, and increasing the odds of developing MS.
Luckily, research also shows that battling oxidative stress with super-antioxidants, like OPCs, can reduce the damage and help control MS.
According to the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre, OPCs can help with MS in two ways.
First, they help maintain the blood/brain barrier, protecting the brain and spinal cord from immune system attacks. And second, they can stop the lymphocytes which have already crossed the barrier. This means they have the potential to both prevent symptoms and reverse them.
Let’s take a look at which OPCs impact MS and how.
Green Tea Extract and MS
Many studies have linked green tea extract to reduced MS symptoms. Green tea extract contains a substance called EGCG.
High levels of EGCG can limit brain inflammation and prevent the loss of myelin (one of the primary ways MS damages the brain).
Green tea extract can also keep the body from producing excess amounts of the white blood cells believed to be responsible for attacking the brain in cases of MS.
The International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice recommends green tea extract as a way to help battle MS.
Grape Seed Extract and MS
Green tea extract isn’t the only promising OPC to help with MS, though. A 2018 study in the Journal of Contemporary Medical Sciences showed that daily use of grape seed extract improved the quality of life for MS sufferers.
Patients that took grape seed extract had fewer relapses and were less likely to develop severe symptoms.
Red Wine Extract and MS
Red wine has long been studied for its potential health benefits. But alcohol use often comes with free radical damage. But red wine extract contains resveratrol, the substance in red wine that has been linked to health benefits, without the alcohol.
Studies show that red wine extract can actually prevent neuron loss in cases of MS. It offers neuroprotective effects that keep the brain from being damaged.
Pine Bark Extract and MS
Another powerful OPC that can help with MS is pine bark extract, recommended for MS patients by the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre.
Pine bark extract, which contains the substance pycnogenol, reduces inflammation and increases the amount of nitric oxide, which stimulates and protects brain function.
Add OPCs to Your Diet
The science shows that OPCs could be a powerful gamechanger for those who suffer from MS.
OPCs offer potential prevention, reduction in symptoms, protection of the brain and spinal cord, stalling of MS, and increased quality of life. A daily supplement of OPCs, combined with your treatment plan, could make all the difference in your battle with MS.
At OptiHealth, we spend a lot of time studying the science and research behind OPCs. The power of OPCs led us to create OPCXtra, a combination of six superantioxidant OPCs, along with Vitamin C and E. We’re constantly reading the latest studies on what benefits OPCs can bring to you.
We’re so confident that OPCXtra can make a difference for you that we offer our family’s promise—a 365-day money-back guarantee. That way, you can take all the time you need to see if it can make a difference for you.
What Our OptiHealth Family is Saying About OPCXtra
“I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001. A friend of mine, sister-in-law has MS also and she told me about this product a week after I was informed of my MRI. I have been taking the required daily amount ever since that day. I was lax on taking the product one year and I noticed a difference. I believe that this product along with my other Vitamins are definitely keeping me going. I do have to take a shot once a week and exercise that has been instrumental in my positive attitude. Again I want to thank you for this product and DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING!!!” -Frank
“Best product ever. We couldn't get through a day without. Good for MS.” -Karen
“Forever OPCXtra Consumer. I’ve been using this product (and the previous generation of it) for a long time — well over a decade. It’s a necessary part of my arsenal in addressing Multiple Sclerosis and arthritis in my body.” -Lisa
“MS relief. This product should be advertised as being extremely beneficial to those with multiple sclerosis. My husband could not go through his day without this product. Thanks.” -Karen B.
Sources & Further Reading
- Green Tea: A Rich Source of Brain Protecting Antioxidants
- Green Tea: is it effective for MS?
- Oral Resveratrol Reduces Neuronal Damage in a Model of Multiple Sclerosis
- SIAHPOOSH, Amir et al. Effect of grape seed on quality of life in multiple sclerosis patients. Journal of Contemporary Medical Sciences, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 3, sep. 2018. ISSN 2413-0516.
- Super-antioxidants & Multiple Sclerosis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Oxidative stress in multiple sclerosis: Central and peripheral mode of action
- Pycnogenol Attenuates the Release of Proinflammatory Cytokines and Expression of Perilipin 2 in Lipopolysaccharide-Stimulated Microglia in Part via Inhibition of NF-κB and AP-1 Activation