SWI: Chelation


Chelation is a chemical reaction that results in bond being formed between a metal ion and an organic molecule.
The resulting complex, metal bound to molecule is called a "chelate" and contains one or more rings of atoms in which the metal ion is so firmly bound it connot escape.
This allows the metal ion to be transported in the same manner as a prisoner, first handcuffed, then moved from one location to another.

In the presence of aging and disease, the cell's ability to move metal ions through the system and eliminate them when they are in excess become progressively inpaired.
This is especially true for calcium. It has vital functions in the human body. Without calcium, teeth and bones could not exist.
Nevertheless, as the body ages, lipid peroxydation damages the walls of the arterial tree which is repaired leaving a scar. Then calcium and oxidized cholesterol are incorporated into the resulting scar tissue.

"Hardening of the arteries" or arteriosclerosis, on the other hand, is apparently inevitable when one ages.
The walls of blood vessels become stiffer as time passes, as does all connective tissue of the body. This is caused by crosslinkage.
This cross linkage results in loss of elasticity and flexibility. We believe the process can be slows down, but not entirely prevented, by the liberal intake of antioxidants, especially vitamin C.

With atherosclerosis, as the year pass, calcium deposit builds up, and calcified atherosclerotic plaques from, lining the walls of the arterial vessels.
This plaque is composed of various lipids, so-called foam cells, scar tissue and overgrown smooth muscle cells from the artery wall. In many people, this process begins in early childhood.

With atherosclerosis, calcium also builds up and becomes many times more concentrated in the wall of the normal artery than it was in childhood.