Carnosine - Metal Chelation Therapy
investigators believe that carnosine exerts - at least partly - its beneficial
health effect due to its ability to chelate metals (Miller and O'Dowd 2000, Chez
What does it mean in plain English?
The term chelate, from
the Greek ´chele´ for ´claw´, refers to the ability of
a material to combine with excess metals in the cells and blood stream, so the
liver and kidney can excrete them. Chelation therapy, is normally given as a series
of intravenous infusions containing di-sodium EDTA and various other substances
therapy has been traditionally applied in Occupational Medicine, as it effectively
removes toxic heavy metals (such as lead) from the body. In occupational health
chelation therapy is strictly conventional medicine, not alternative medicine.
However, chelation therapy is also used, at private clinics, as a complementary
treatment for a number of other conditions than heavy metal intoxications, as
it may provide the following benefits: |
- Dilates constricted arteries
high blood pressure
- Diminishes free radical activity
uptake of oxygen to the cells
- Removes toxic heavy metals from the body
- Improves memory
- Relieves pain in the extremities
elasticity of blood vessels
- Improves blood flow to the heart, brain,
body organs, and legs
- Improves enzyme activity.
Fig 1. Carnosine-Copper chelate
Vaccinations & Mercury
In the context of vaccination
chelation with carnosine may be crucial, as it removes organic mercury (thiomersal
or thimerosal) from a child. Organic mercury is present in most vaccines as an
antimicrobic preservative, although it since the 1930´s has been recognised
as a toxic substance affecting the central nervous system. In my opinion every
vaccinated child and adult should take carnosine as a precaution in order to remove
thiomersal from the body as soon as possible.
Fig 2. Carnosine-Zinc chelate
EDTA Chelation Therapy & Atherosclerosis
Chelation therapy became a popular "alternative" treatment after EDTA was found effective in chelating and removing toxic metals from the blood, and some scientists postulated that hardened arteries could be softened if the calcium in their walls was removed. The first indication that EDTA treatment might benefit patients with arteriosclerosis came from Clarke, Clarke, and Mosher, who, in 1956, reported that patients with occlusive peripheral vascular disease said they felt better after treatment with EDTA.
Some elderly people, who on a regular basis take EDTA chelation therapy on the
Costa del Sol, Spain, and they claim it has kept them alive and healthy well into
their golden years. The EDTA therapy is, however, expensive and cumbersome, as
it is given intravenously as a slow infusion at a clinic.
as a dietary supplement, seems to have all the same chelating properties as EDTA,
and it offers a possibility for an inexpensive oral chelation therapy. Carnosine
has an ability to chelate prooxidative metals, such as copper, zinc and toxic
heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, nickel).
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