Applications for Heart Health
“Chelation”—from the Greek chelè meaning “claw”—refers to the binding of metal ions to two or more atoms of a (claw-like) chelating agent, which includes citric acid, edetate disodium (EDTA), and phosphonates.1 This bonding process means that chelation has many practical uses that range from water softeners to detoxing therapies.
As you may remember from our previous blog on popular IV nutrition therapies, IV chelation has also shown to boost arterial health and improve blood flow by removing heavy metals by way of calcium EDTA or disodium EDTA. The main chelating agent in Innovation’s Standard Chelation Cocktail, EDTA, was first discovered to have medical applications after WWII when it was used to treat lead poisoning in naval shipyard workers using lead-based paint.2
A recent study on chelation therapy has even shown a modest reduction in cardiovascular events in patients with diabetes. According to the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT), sponsored by NCCIH and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood institute, “patients with diabetes, who made up approximately one-third of the 1,708 TACT participants, had a 41 percent overall reduction in the risk of any cardiovascular event; a 40 percent reduction in the risk of death from heart disease, nonfatal stroke, or nonfatal heart attack; a 52 percent reduction in recurrent heart attacks; and a 43 percent reduction in death from any cause.”3
If you’re considering chelation therapy for heart care, talk with your physician or cardiologist first.
- “Chelation.” New World Encyclopedia. http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Chelation. December 2008. Accessed January 19, 2018.
- Lamas GA, Navas-Acien A, Mark DB, Lee KL. Heavy Metals, Cardiovascular Disease, and the Unexpected Benefits of Chelation Therapy. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2016;67(20):2411-2418.
- “Chelation for Coronary Heart Disease.” National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/chelation. September 24, 2017. Accessed January 19, 2018.