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What Is Chelation Therapy: Benefits & Side Effects

By May 17, 2022No Comments

In a world where the pace of industrialization is rocketing, the presence of metal fumes and other chemical sources is inevitable. As a result, our environment and the products we consume are contaminated by heavy metals, causing various health problems. Read on to learn about chelation therapy and how it helps you get rid of metal poisoning.

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Stop Heavy Metals From Holding You Back With Chelation Therapy

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Many people suffer from health issues but ignore them or fail to determine their cause because doctors do not usually check for poisoning. Symptoms like weakness, blurred vision, or abnormal blood pressure may indicate that you have a type of toxicity.


What Is Chelation Therapy?

While your body needs small amounts of metals, such as zinc, copper, and iron, to function normally, too many of these metals are harmful and may lead to metal poisoning. Heavy metal poisoning, or toxicity, refers to the accumulation of heavy metals in the body due to exposure to contaminated food, water, or industrial chemicals. Heavy metals can cause inflammation and catalyze the onset of many diseases.

Chelation therapy is the most common treatment option for treating metal poisoning. This FDA-approved treatment involves taking a chelating agent in the form of intravenous (IV) injections or oral pills to remove the harmful metals from the body. The IV solution for chelation therapy is saline-based, including vitamins and the chelating agent.


How Does Chelation Therapy Work?

After being administered to the body, the chelating agent will bind to the metals in your blood. The kidney, which functions by filtering the blood, will also filter the chelating agent and then excrete them from the bloodstream through urination. Metals that can be removed by chelation therapy include arsenic, lead, iron, copper, and mercury. You will have to undergo a blood test before the treatment to ensure your poisoning condition requires therapy.


Benefits of Chelation Therapy

Chelation therapy can be both a preventive therapy and a treatment option for heavy metal toxicity. People with acute poisoning due to a high level of exposure to hazardous chemicals, especially those whose job involves working with heavy metals or living environments contaminated by heavy metal fumes, can get chelation therapy as a treatment option.

Those who have mild symptoms of metal toxicity, such as the sporadic recurrence of nausea, weakness, or shortness of breath, due to food or water poisoning, can also get chelation therapy to prevent the symptoms from worsening. Because toxicity means the body is being poisoned, pulling the toxin out of the body helps reduce the effects of the condition and increase the quality of life. Some other benefits of chelation therapy include:

  • Restore the normal energy levels
  • Rehabilitate the normal vision
  • Increase appetite
  • Stabilize blood pressure


Up until now, the only proven benefit of chelation therapy is treating metal poisoning. Despite this, some people extrapolate the therapy’s benefits to treating heart disease due to its rarely reported effects on the heart and blood vessels. However, according to research, chelation therapy only aids heart disease to a small extent and should not be recommended for patients with heart disease. This contraindication is because the IV solution for chelation therapy contains many components besides chelating agents. Which of these ingredients contributes to the benefits, on the other hand, has not yet been determined.

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Side Effects of Chelation Therapy

Chelation therapy is generally safe if implemented correctly. However, since chelation therapy requires potent chelating agents, it may cause side effects. Some of the most common side effects may include:

  • Uncomfortable sensation at the injection site
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting


Please remember that because the mechanism of chelation therapy involves removing metals in the body, the possible outcome after treatment may include a deficiency in some essential metals your body needs, like calcium, copper, and zinc. On this account, the therapy should only be implemented under the supervision of a doctor and must not be done at home.


Desferal for Iron Intoxication

Desferal, also known as deferoxamine mesylate, is an iron-chelating agent in the form of injections indicated to treat iron intoxication. Desferal is a complementary treatment option to other standard approaches to treating acute iron intoxication. This means Desferal alone is insufficient in treating acute iron poisoning. Like other procedures for administering chelating agents, receiving Desferal must be under a doctor’s supervision. Patients are advised to get medical consultation before Desferal treatment.

Do not let the harmful substances from the polluted environment hold you back. While preventing toxicity from the beginning is vital, chelation therapy has been proven to help free your body from the chemicals that cannot be sorted out by conventional means.


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