Chelation therapy basically injects a type of medication called chelating agent or a chelator. Few chelators are better in eradicating certain metals than any other can. It actually binds the metals in the blood circulation. After they are injected in the bloodstream, they circulate through the blood, metal binding. This is the way, chelator collect’s all the metals into a compound that are filtered via kidney and released in urine. 

There are proven benefits of oral chelation therapy for heart disease and other diseases. Below are the metals that can be effectively removed with this therapy. 

  • Lead 
  • Arsenic 
  • Mercury
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Nickle 

Below are the causes of poisoning the heavy metal: 

  • Breathing polluted air heavily. 
  • Drinking polluted water. 
  • Ingesting bits of lead paint

Nevertheless, plenty of conditions can also tend to a buildup of particular metals in the body. Few of them include: 

  • Wilson’s disease – it’s a genetic disorder that can cause copper poisoning the body. 
  • Hemochromatosis – it’s a condition in which body consumes too much iron from food.
  • Chronic kidney disease – dialysis, it causes the aluminum to build in your body. 
  • Thalassemia – blood disorders, requires several blood transfusion, which causes iron to build in your body. 


It is still unclear whether oral chelation therapy for heart disease is beneficial or not. For long, such therapy is used for mercury and lead poisoning – but this hasn’t been a proven treatment for heart disease. The people against oral chelation therapy for heart disease believe that it potentially causes severe side effects. But, few doctors and health practitioners have also used it to treat stroke and heart disease. 

During the therapy, you are given disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) via different numbers of weekly intravenous (IV) treatments, each sitting last for 30 minutes. Typically, the medication you are seeking is out and metal and mineral sticks in your bloodstream. Forming a compound that leaves your body when you urinate. This therapy is promoted for heart disease because it’s felt that the medicine sticks to calcium found in fatty plaques (deposits) in the arteries. 

Nevertheless, this therapy is so far controversial for some reasons. Here is what we know so far: 

  • The Trail to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) hasn’t provided adequate evidence to support heart disease cure. Moreover, it did not even find that chelation therapy gives moderate protection against any cardiovascular arrest in future such as heart attack or stroke. TACT so far focuses on diabetes people. 
  • Even the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology is also ascertain about the oral chelation therapy for heart disease is beneficial for heart treatment or not. 
  • Other also haven’t approved including Food and Drug Administration that this therapy is good for heart treatment. 

Before concluding against argument, this therapy has known risks and side effects for heart disease treatment. The most typical is burning at the IV. On other hand, it may cause you headache, fever, nausea or vomiting. Serious cases reported following therapy treatment are as listed below:

  • Sudden blood pressure drops
  • Kidney damage
  • Heart failure
  • Bone marrow count drops
  • Blood calcium level abnormally drops
  • Death