Doctors developed chelation therapy in the 1950s to treat lead poisoning. The treatment removes heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, iron, and arsenic from the body. While there are various ways to receive chelation therapy, IV treatment is the most common.
To administer IV chelation therapy, a healthcare provider injects a chelation agent — usually the synthetic solution ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) — into the bloodstream. As EDTA works its way through the body, it grabs heavy metals and minerals. When EDTA binds with the metals, it forms a compound that is then released from the body through the kidneys.
Chelation therapy’s effectiveness in treating heavy metal poisoning has led alternative medicine practitioners to explore its uses in treating other ailments. Here, we list some of the potential benefits of chelation therapy.
Chelation Therapy Potentially Reduces Physical and Mental Fatigue
Patients suffering from metal toxicity experience physical tiredness and brain fog. Even trace amounts of toxic metals in your body may affect energy levels and mental sharpness. Many chelation therapy patients report renewed concentration and energy within days of their procedure.
Chelation Therapy May Lower the Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
Heart disease forms fatty deposits — or plaques — in the arteries, restricting blood flow. Blocked arteries cause strokes, heart attacks, and other vascular issues.
Chelation therapy may have the ability to target the calcium deposits that form plaque in the arteries. By removing the calcium, blood flow can return to normal levels, lowering the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Additionally, chelation therapy may also have the ability to remove copper, which can damage arteries by combining with LDL cholesterol. Both of these applications of chelation therapy are currently undergoing further research.
Chelation Therapy Can Reduce Pain and Swelling
Some health professionals believe that EDTA may act as an antioxidant, which could reduce inflammation and protect blood vessels. Many patients report less pain from chronic inflammatory diseases after chelation therapy treatments.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease May Be Reduced by Chelation Therapy
Studies have indicated that by targeting the proteins involved in creating brain plaques in Alzheimer’s patients, chelation therapy may slow the progression of the disease.
The protein beta-amyloid can be found in the brain plaques thought to cause Alzheimer’s disease. Using the chelation drug clioquinol to prevent zinc and copper ions from binding with beta-amyloid, doctors hope to dissolve the protein and prevent it from accumulating in the brain.
Despite years of use, scientists and doctors are still discovering the actual benefits of chelation therapy. As a result, many medical researchers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continue to investigate the potential of chelation therapy.
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