Chelation therapy is an effective treatment for heavy metal poisoning. First used in the 1950s to treat lead poisoning, healthcare providers now use chelation therapy regularly to remove several heavy metals from the body, including lead, mercury, iron, copper, arsenic, aluminum, and calcium. 

How Does Chelation Therapy Work?

Chelation therapy removes metals from the bloodstream using ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). A healthcare provider injects EDTA into the bloodstream. ETDA travels throughout the body, collecting metals and forming a compound. The kidneys eliminate the compound through urination. 

What Are the Symptoms of Heavy Metal Toxicity?

Environmental metals in the body can cause short and long-term health consequences. Metal toxicity affects the central nervous system, the skeletal and muscular systems, and the immune system. Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include:

Heavy metal toxicity can also cause long-term damage to vital organs if left untreated.

What Are Potential Benefits of Chelation Therapy?

While research into the benefits of chelation therapy is still ongoing, promising studies show that the treatment can potentially reduce inflammation, improve heart health, and reduce infections.

Heart Health

Atherosclerosis, also referred to as the hardening of the arteries results from the buildup of cholesterol and calcium deposits. Injecting EDTA into the bloodstream may collect and remove the calcium in the arteries, loosening blockages and aiding in blood flow. 

Antioxidants

Chelation agents, like EDTA, may work similarly to antioxidants in the body, reducing inflammation and removing metals that serve as the foundation of disease development.

Cognitive Health

Research shows that increased copper, iron, and zinc may be associated with various neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Using chelation therapy to remove metals throughout the body can potentially relieve these cognitive disorders. 

The potential of chelation therapy for treating various conditions continues to emerge. New studies and research suggest that this alternative treatment may soon become more mainstream.

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