How to Chelate Copper

Adequate copper levels in the diet maintain the health of bones, connective tissue and the immune system. Excess copper and other heavy metal levels can contribute to ill health, including ADHD, autism and gastrointestinal disorders. Chelation works to eliminate excess heavy metals from the bloodstream and tissues. Two common forms of chelation therapy include oral chelation, which is self-administered, and intravenous chelation, a treatment available only through a licensed health care provider.


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      Incorporate foods into your diet that have natural chelating benefits. Whole grains, healthy fats high in omega 3s and unrefined carbohydrates contribute to the body's ability to eliminate heavy metals. High fiber foods such as, broccoli, bananas, berries and beans provide essential nutrients and facilitate chelation.

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      Avoid foods that are naturally high in copper. Whole wheat, shellfish, chocolate and oysters have high copper levels. Liver and organ meats should also be avoided due to high copper content.

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      Develop an exercise program. Lactic acid, produced by muscles during exercise, binds to heavy metals and is eliminated through the urine. Exercise also contributes to a more efficient circulatory system, which is vital for the elimination of copper and other heavy metals.

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      Drink filtered or bottled water. Tap water carried through copper piping may leach copper into the drinking supply. Pure water facilitates detoxification in the body and helps to prevent headaches, while heavy metals are eliminated from the body.

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      Ask your health care provider about EDTA chelation therapy. EDTA, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is a chemical solution administered intravenously over several one- to three-hour sessions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always consult with your physician when beginning a new exercise or diet regimen.
  • In 2010, the FDA put out a press release warning about the dangers of over-the-counter chelation therapy products. According to the report, chelation therapy products may cause adverse side effects such as dehydration and calcium deficiency. Kidney failure and death have also been reported.
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