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Chelation therapy may improve cardiovascular health

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2071 (Published 03 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2071

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Chelation has been used by alternative therapists to treat atherosclerosis for over half a century, with little evidence to back it. Usually given with a vitamin infusion, disodium EDTA binds divalent and trivalent cations such as calcium, magnesium, lead, zinc, and aluminum to facilitate their excretion in urine. More than 100 000 adults undergo this treatment annually in the US.

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