Detoxification or heavy metal detox, is the elimination of metallic toxic substances such as mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium,nickel and aluminium from the body.In modern medicine, detoxification can also be done artificially by methods such as dialysis and chelation therapy.
Chelating agents are substances which can chelate or chemically bond with minerals, metals, or chemical toxins from the body. The chelating agent encircles a metal ion or mineral and transports it out of the body through urine and feces. A lot of organic acids occurring in the body or in foods can operate as chelating agents, including ascorbic acid (vitamin C), citric acid, acetic acid and lactic acid.
Chelation can be either oral or intravenous. Intravenous chelation therapy entails injecting the effective and widely known chelating agent EDTA((ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid) into the bloodstream in order to eliminate from the body unwanted substances such as chemical toxins heavy metals, fatty plaques in the arteries and mineral deposits.However, Intravenous chelation has several disadvantages. It cannot chelate mercury , it is expensive and also not widely available. Luckily, there is a safer,low-cost and easily available therapy that is called oral chelation. Oral chelation is taken orally and involves ingesting nutritional food supplements containing EDTA and numerous natural chelators like vitamins, amino acids, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and herbs.
Oral chelation is useful in eliminating heavy metal toxicity and calcification, reducing blood cholesterol, thinning the blood, lowering lipid free-radical oxidation of metabolized fats and preempting the formation of blood clots which cause heart attacks.
Oral chelation formulas have the capacity to chemically bond with mercury and hence eliminate it from the body. This can be attributed to the presence of chelating agents—cilantro, chlorella, and lipoic acid.
More benefits of oral chelation may result from the effect of combining EDTA with numerous natural chelating agents like sodium alginate, lipoic acid, certain bioflavonoids, methionine, zinc gluconate activated clays and selenium. Each chelating agent has an affinity for different chemicals and mineral or metal ions.
Oral chelation therapy benefits are enhanced by the addition of nutrients known to support liver function. The combined formula of antioxidants and other nutrients boosts the chelation process by replacing vital minerals removed during chelation, stimulating the healing of tissues, and combating free-radical oxidative damage. Different antioxidants target different free radicals hence the oral formulas contain a wide range.
Clinical research demonstrates oral chelation's benefits for atherosclerosis and heavy metal poisoning. Oral chelation is beneficial for anyone with a family history of heart disease, longterm poor dietary practices, or persistent exposure to toxic chemicals or heavy metals. On the whole, oral chelation is helpful to anyone who wants to stave off cardiovascular disease and remove from their body metals and toxins that we all build up and which can cause myriad health problems.
Oral chelation serves as an appropriate, non-invasive, permanent health maintenance and preventative program. The usage of gradual dosage sufficiently mitigates the risk of side effects making oral chelation safe for both children and adults.