There is controversy about exactly how and why Chelation is effective. Some experts claim there are 3 theories as to why Chelation is effective. Other experts claim a specific theory or it is not known why Chelation is effective. However, there is no controversy that Chelation is effective.
A layman’s explanation would be summarized as something like this:
An excess of minerals and nutrients can build up in your system for various reasons. Some of those reasons are medically related (for example: a malfuntioning thyroid causing excess calcium) and some are the result of an accident (for example: lead poisoning from exposure to lead based paints). Chelation utilizes a synthetic amino acid called a “chelating agent”. That synthetic amino acid has a “free radical” (an imbalance in the ions) so that the “free radical” is seeking a “partner”. That synthetic amino acid will have an affinity for heavy metals and some other toxin due to this “free radical” because heavy metals or toxins have greater ions. As a result of this affinity of the synthetic amino acid, it then attaches to the heavy metal or toxin. After attachment, the synthetic amino acid encases (encloses) the heavy metal or toxin thus changing the outside appearance (to your body) of the heavy metal or toxin. The heavy metal or toxin is then able to be carried out of your system by the synthetic amino acid. Expulsion of the heavy metal/toxin is via either: your kidney in your urine or your liver in your stool or via your sweat. This whole process is called “Chelation Therapy” and may be administered in an oral form, an IV (intravenous) form, a suppository form, or a topical form for the skin.