What is Chelation therapy?

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

Chelation therapy is a process in which EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid)—is injected into the bloodstream through an IV to remove heavy metals and/or minerals from the body. Chelation means “to grab” or “to bind.” When EDTA is enters into the veins, it “grabs” heavy metals and minerals such as lead, mercury, copper, iron, arsenic, aluminum, and calcium and removes them from the body. Chelation therapy is performed on an outpatient basis.

What is chelation therapy used for?

Chelation is a very effective way to treat heavy-metal toxicity. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved chelation therapy for the treatment of lead poisoning. EDTA binds with the harmful metal and both are then eliminated from the body through the kidneys.

Health professionals have also used chelation therapy to treat atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, and other conditions.  Many people report less pain from chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma after chelation therapy.

Chelation Process Is Very Common in Nature

Our human digestive process is a very good example of how chelation takes place. Digestion and assimilation of foods involves the chelation of protein substances (amino acids) with minerals for transportation to their destinations, or in which blood cells latch on to, and thus acquire, iron. Hemoglobin is a chelate of iron (as is the enzyme catalase, that is used by our bodies to ‘switch off’ the free radical activity of hydrogen peroxide). When you eat meat or green vegetables which contain iron, after the digestive process has released the iron from the food in which it is bound, it has to be combined (chelated) with amino acids so that it can be carried through the intestinal mucous membranes into the bloodstream.

If you drink tea with your meal, the tannin in the tea will chelate with the iron (forming insoluble iron tannate) before it gets absorbed. In this case, the body does not get any iron from your food. On the other hand, if we take some foods which are rich in Vitamin C (or take Vitamin C supplement) with our iron rich meal, the ascorbic acid (or Vitamin C) will chelate with the iron and enhance and speed its absorption. The iron, once in the bloodstream, is released from the proteins with which it was chelated for transportation.

What Are The Benefits of Chelation Therapy?

* * Reduces Free Radical Activity in The Blood
* Blocks Calcium Absorption, Repairs Damaged Muscles, Improves the Cell Energy Production
* Reduces Blood Stickiness or Clotting
* Normalizes Abnormal Cholesterol and HDL Levels
* Removes Calcium from the Plaque
* Cancer Treatment
* Mental Health
* and many other benefits

Chelation therapy is widely used for the treatment of atherosclerosis and other chronic degenerative diseases involving the circulatory system. It also has other benefits. Many scientists suggest that the beneficial effect of chelation treatment is from the removal of metallic catalysts that causes excessive free radical proliferation. This reduces the oxidation of lipids, DNA, enzyme systems and lipoproteins. The chelation halts the bad effects and initiates the body’s healing process, often reversing the damage. It removes the calcium and copper anions from the blood stream. The plaque lining the artery walls are made porous and brittle. Eventually they may get dislodged. Even if only a microscopic layer of the plaque is removed, it, along with a smoothening of the artery wall due to the healing of the cells that line the arteries, can improve the blood flow to the artery muscles substantially. This can prevent artery spasm and minimize or prevent angina pain. Many patients who could not walk due to muscle pain or angina pain have reported that they can walk without pain after chelation therapy.