Natural Chelating Agents

Chelation therapy using synthetic chelating agents can have side effects and is advisable only in cases of acute poisoning, where treatment cannot be delayed because of the health risk involved. In all other cases a more delicate approach is preferable, allowing the excess toxic metals to be removed over a period of a few weeks or months, without health risks or hazards.

Natural chelating agents have many advantages over synthetic ones: they are perfectly tolerated by the organism, they do not have side effects and they do not in turn damage the organs with which they come into contact. The only limiting factor of natural chelating agents is the time they take to work, in fact their consumption must be continual and may last for months. Essential oils are excellent natural chelating agents, capable of in-depth detoxification.

What can we do to ward off the negative effects of heavy metals?

As we have seen, it is almost impossible to avoid them, but all is not doom and gloom. Nature, with its wonderful tendency to restore equilibrium, provides us with the cure for almost any affliction we may develop. Ancient healers also believed that nature was capable of helping humans discover the cures for many of their illnesses in subtle and mysterious ways.

ZEOLITE: Zeolites, which are volcanic minerals, are currently attracting much interest because their regular crystalline structure is composed of tiny channels directed in all directions that have a negative charge and therefore allow the absorption of numerous toxins which, being mostly positively charged, are attracted to the zeolite and become trapped in the crystalline channels. Since zeolite is not absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract, it is excreted with the faeces along with all the harmful substances that it has met on its path. There are over 100 different types of zeolite, which can be grouped according to their structure: fibrous, lamellar or spherical crystalline. Due to its particular properties, Clinoptilolite, whose crystals have a lamellar structure, has proven over the years to be the best suited for use in human and veterinary medicine. In Japan, zeolites have been approved as food additives since 1996; 39 patents relating to the application of zeolites in humans have been registered worldwide since 1986.

A similar process takes place within the body when toxic substances are attracted to the intestinal lumen, as if by a magnet, resulting in an efficient systematic detoxification. Due to the osmotic equilibrium between the intestinal wall and the rest of the organism, the more substances are removed from the intestine, the more the organism sends the same substances that have been accumulated at a systemic level to the intestinal lumen. So ZEOLITE, by means of the attraction of the intestinal lumen, subtracts toxic substances of various kinds from the entire organism. These substances are often present in the environment and can come into contact with the organism, becoming causes or contributory causes of many physiological dysfunctions, caused by the resulting changes in metabolic balance. This mineral, in its journey through the digestive tract, absorbs harmful substances such as heavy metals, radionuclides, chemicals from food and drugs, viruses, bacteria, fungi and their toxins, fermentation toxins due to an unhealthy diet and/or bacterial flora imbalance, and excess acidity in the body. Zeolite can also reduce oxidative stress and the level of free radicals, responsible for the onset or the aggravation of many illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and premature ageing.

For more information on Zeolite consult Zeolite Clinoptilolite.

BENTONITE: Bentonite is one of the healthiest kinds of clay found in nature. It has been used for centuries throughout the world for curing many diseases and as a food supplement. The Canadian Journal of Microbiology has published a study in which bentonite clay was shown to be especially useful in absorbing pathogenic viruses, aflatoxins, pesticides and herbicides. Bentonite “captures” the heavy metals thanks to an ion exchange process where the contaminated metallic cations substitute the anions linked to the surface of the clay. The reason for this effect is that bentonite clay contains negatively charged minerals that attract the positively charged toxins towards it, leaving the body free of viruses. Bentonite clay also improves the digestion, purifies the colon, strengthens the immune system, purifies and nourishes the skin and more.

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GARLIC: “Garlic contains numerous sulphur components, including the most valuable sulph-hydryl groups, which oxidise mercury, cadmium and lead and make these metals water-soluble. Garlic also contains the most important mineral, which protects from mercury toxicity, bioactive selenium.” Taken from “Chelation: How to Remove Mercury, Lead and other Metals from the Body” by Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD.

Garlic selenium is the most beneficial natural bio-available source. Raw garlic, obviously, is the best source. But if you don’t like it raw, the second best source is Aged Garlic Extract, for example that produced by Kyolic. Garlic is able to oxidise heavy metals because of the the sulphur it contains, so an additional supplement of MSM may be useful. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a biologically active form of sulphur, in other words organic sulphur in its natural form. Garlic is also a powerful antimicrobial and anti-fungal agent, which means that it effectively combats Candida Albicans and parasites.

TURMERIC (CURCUMA): This plant from the ginger family is widely used in Southeast Asia as a spice and its cleansing powers have been renowned for centuries. In Ayurvedic medicine turmeric is known as the queen of spices: it helps cleanse the liver and purify the blood, and promotes good digestion. It possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties, but none of the unpleasant side-effects of anti-inflammatory drugs. It is also used for skin cleansing and in food preservation.

“Turmeric steps up the production of three enzymes – aryl-hydrocarbon-hydroxylase, glutathione-S-transferase, and UDP-glucuronyl-transferase. These are chemical “knives” that break down potentially harmful substances in the liver. Turmeric offers similar protection for people who are taking medications such as methotrexate and other forms of chemotherapy, which are metabolised by, or shuttled through, the liver.” James A. Dukes, PhD, Dr. Duke’s Essential Herbs.

Scientific studies have recently discovered that mixing black pepper with turmeric exponentially increases the latter’s healing properties. No wonder traditional South Asian recipes often combine the two spices. So don’t hold back … grind some black pepper into that turmeric!

OMEGA-3: It’s no secret that consuming the fatty acids found in fish brings many healthy benefits. The acids do wonders for our brains. Omega-3 is literally our brain’s fuel, helping maintain its core functions. Our most important organ heavily relies on Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), two long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids that our bodies cannot create. These acids can only be obtained from the food we eat.

“Most health professionals believe that DHA is the fatty acid that is most important for healthy structure and development of the brain and for vision so it is vital that there is enough DHA in the diet during pregnancy and in the first few years of a child’s life. EPA, on the other hand, is essential for healthy functioning of the brain on a day to day basis, which means that throughout your life you need a constant supply of EPA.” Taken from “Why Fish Oil is Brain Fuel” by David McEnvoy

Here are some particularly interesting facts about Omega-3:

  • Research by the University of Western Australia found that women who took fish oil supplements during the latter part of their pregnancy had babies with better hand-to-eye coordination, who were better speakers and could understand more at the age of two and a half than babies whose mothers who were given olive oil instead.
  • A study by Aberdeen University, led by professor Lawrence Whalley, found that fish oil helps the brain to work faster, increases IQ scores and slows down the ageing process.
  • The Durham trials led by Dr. Madeleine Portwood have consistently found that fish oil improves behaviour, concentration and learning in the classroom.
  • Researcher Natalie Sinn in Australia found fish oil to be more effective than Ritalin for ADHD.
  • Hibbeln et al. looked at diet in 22 countries and found an significant association between low fish consumption and post-natal depression.
  • Dr. Malcolm Peet found that ethyl-EPA, a highly concentrated form of Omega-3, dramatically reduces depression.

Fish oil also plays an important role in ridding the brain of unwanted substances: “The fatty acid complexes EPA and DHA in fish oil make the red and white blood cells more flexible thus improving the micro-circulation of the brain, heart and other tissues. All detoxification functions depend on optimal oxygen delivery and blood flow. EPA and DHA protect the brain from viral infections and are needed for the development of intelligence and eyesight. The most vital cell organelle for detoxification is the peroxisome. These small structures are also responsible for the specific job each cell has. In the pineal gland the melatonin is produced in the peroxisome, in the neurons dopamine and norepinephrine, etc.. It is here where mercury and other toxic metals attach and disable the cell from doing its work.” Taken from “Chelation: How to Remove Mercury, Lead and other Metals from the Body” by Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD.

This is all well and good, but what are the best sources of fish oil? Consuming large quantities of fish would be the logical choice, but knowing that many species contain high levels of mercury, doing so might actually cause further damage to the brain. For this reason, Omega-3 supplements are probably the best way to keep the body well-stocked with EPA and DHA. When selecting an Omega-3 supplement, you need to make sure that it is molecularly distilled and is high in both DHA and EPA, especially DHA. Molecular distillation is a special process that removes all the toxins from the oil (including mercury), ensuring that it is safe for human consumption.

CORIANDER (CILANTRO): Coriander is one of the oldest spices known to man, the first signs of it’s existence having been found in archaeological sites dating from as long as 7000 years ago. Typical of southern Mediterranean flora and a member of the Umbrelliferae family, coriander is a genus with two species. Coriandrum sativum was introduced into the Italian Peninsula for cultivation and has become naturalised so can now be found growing wild in some places; the other species, Coriandrum testiculata, is a native of Syria. Coriander is cultivated for its seeds, which, once well-dried, are used to flavour food and drink. Its aromatic leaves (frequently referred to as ‘cilantro’ or ‘chinese parsley’) do not have many properties – the real wealth of coriander lies in its seeds.

“This kitchen herb is capable of mobilizing mercury, cadmium, lead and aluminium in both bones and the central nervous system. It is probably the only effective agent in mobilizing mercury stored in the intracellular space (attached to mitochondria, tubulin, liposomes etc.) and in the nucleus of the cell (reversing DNA damage of mercury).” Taken from “Chelation: How to Remove Mercury, Lead and other Metals from the Body” by Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD.

Since its removal action is so effective, a process called re-intoxication can take place if the toxins removed by coriander are too numerous to be able to be expelled by the body: the remaining toxins, which were previously located in safer hiding places, can flood the connective tissue (where the nerves reside) causing a highly toxic effect.

This re-intoxication process can easily be avoided by consuming, together with the coriander, a chelating agent which absorbs the toxins in the intestine: zeolite or the algal organism, chlorella (unfortunately much of the seaweed that is consumed here comes from Japan, and following the disaster at Fukushima is affected by the radiation there, so you are advised to check the origin of any chlorella you buy). A recent animal study has demonstrated removal of aluminium from the skeleton to be rapid and superior to that of any other known detoxifying agent.

Coriander induces the gallbladder to dump bile – containing the excreted neurotoxins – into the small intestine. The release of bile is a natural phenomenon that occurs while eating, but coriander makes it much more effective . If, however, the additional agent (like zeolite or chlorella) is not consumed, most of the neurotoxins end up being reabsorbed along the path to the small intestine by the nerve endings of the enteric nervous system.


  • Combined with a chelating agent – detoxification from toxic metals and chemical pollutants (only in certain parts of the body, that’s why it is necessary to combine it with zeolite, which has a more widespread action).
  • Digestive and beneficial in cases of dyspepsia, sensation of fullness in the stomach, slow digestion, gastric spasms, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhoea and headaches resulting from poor digestion.
  • Eliminates forms of intestinal (gut) fermentation, digestive problems and/or diarrhoea mainly due to somatic manifestations of stress.
  • Carminative: prevents the formation of intestinal gas.
  • Counteracts obesity, favouring correct carbohydrate metabolism.
  • Antioxidant
  • The essential oil is anti-bacterial and fungicidal.

Other properties: eighty-five per cent of coriander comprises volatile oils which contain over 25 active principles. Two of these oils are linalool and geranyl acetate, powerful antioxidants which protect the cells, and, in all probability, are the key factors behind many of coriander’s therapeutic properties. Daily consumption of coriander is linked to a marked improvement in the abdominal symptoms attributable to irritable bowel syndrome. It seems that it is capable of slowing down the passage of food from the stomach to the intestine. Regarding digestive disturbances, coriander is considered a safe and effective spice for use in the treatment of loss of appetite, bloating, indigestion, flatulence and stomach cramps.

But there’s more: coriander oil helps in cases of eczema, psoriasis and also rosacea. Analysing the effects of an extract based on coriander on laboratory animals suffering from type 2 diabetes, artificially induced, experts found that it decreased blood glucose levels and increased the level of insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar levels. Coriander decreases LDL cholesterol and increases HDL cholesterol. Medical studies regarding blood lipids have led to the declaration that “coriander has all the necessary credentials to be used as a home remedy having curative and preventive effects in high cholesterol cases”. It is a sedative and muscular relaxant, thus relieves anxiety and helps sleep well. Coriander’s powerful anti-oxidants protect the liver and stimulate it’s natural ability to regenerate itself: good news for alcoholics and hepatitis C sufferers. Coriander essential oil may be used to combat and prevent infection by Candida Albicans. Coriander gives protection from the damage caused by lead poisoning.

CHLORELLA: In addition to several other benefits, chlorella alga is known to bind to all known toxic metals and environmental toxins and facilitate their evacuation. This makes it perfect for combining with coriander in a detoxification programme.


  • Acts on the metabolic system and consequently on cardiovascular and diabetic problems, including high blood sugar levels, but also on high blood pressure, cholesterol and obesity.
  • Improvements in the vascular system with reductions of up to 50% in hypertension.
  • Acts on varicose veins and scar tissue (skin, ulcers and haemorrhoids).
  • Favours the purifying functions of the entire organism, absorbs large quantities of toxins from the intestine, heals the bacterial flora and eliminates toxic residues (pesticides, chemical fertilizers and heavy metals) from the liver.
  • Excellent for resolving respiratory problems such as sinusitis and rhinitis.
  • Aids the development of “friendly bacteria”, improving digestion (colitis, ulcers and fibromyalgia).
  • Helps to normalise the acid-alkaline balance in the body.
  • Allows better absorption of calcium (menopause) and reduces body odour.
  • It is rich in vitamin K1 and iron (specifically recommended in cases of anaemia and for regulating the menstrual cycle)
  • Counteracts pain due to inflammation.
  • Energising.

Chlorella is a single-celled alga rich in chlorophyll which grows in Asian rivers and has 38 times more protein than soya and 55 times that of rice. It provides nine essential amino acids and many vitamins and minerals (vitamin A, all the vitamins in group B, and vitamin E).

SPIRULINA: Spirulina is a blue-green micro-alga belonging to the Cyanophyceae family (division Cyanophyta: a division of single-celled algae whose glaucous or blueish colour is due to the presence of two pigments, chlorophyll and phycocyanin). Like plants, spirulina lives by photosynthesis. It is 0.3 mm long and gets its name from its spiral shape. This alga is considered the best of all plant foods, being rich in protein, amino acids, vitamins, essential fatty acids, easily-assumed carbohydrates and anti-oxidants.

One of the oldest forms of life on Earth, spirulina contributed to the production of oxygen in our atmosphere billions of years ago so that other life forms could appear. Authentic spirulina is so nutrient-dense that you could survive on it and water alone. Hundreds of studies have confirmed spirulina’s powerhouse status. It is 60-70% complete protein, meaning that it contains all 8 essential amino acids (those which have to be consumed because the human body is unable to synthesise them) and 10 non-essential ones that support good health.

Spirulina Platensis is high in vitamins and micro-elements. It contains linoleic acid, which regulates fat metabolism in the body, particularly the metabolism of cholesterol and triglycerides. It is also rich in vitamin B12, in an amount four times greater than that present in veal liver. It contains unsaturated fatty acids and chlorophyll. In Chinese medicine it was one of the first substances to be used as a curative remedy, and for its prophylactic properties. The Aztecs considered it a basic food substance and an element of their strength. Spirulina is a native of Central America and its properties have been known for many centuries. The Aztecs knew about its characteristics and used it, extracting it from the lakes in Anahuac Valley and consuming it with corn tortillas.

This alga has numerous benefits: it can be considered a food supplement and it develops antimicrobial and antibacterial activity thanks to the sulfolipids found in its cell wall. It also improves physical and mental performance, strengthens the immune system and is important for vegetarians and vegans because it contains vitamin B12. Last, but not least, spirulina helps the body eliminate heavy metals. Its effectiveness is attributed to its ability to integrate vital nutrients that are lacking in the human body. It also aids metabolism, increases the reactivity of the immune system (it is an immunomodulator), stimulates the intestinal flora, helps eliminate metabolic residues, has a regulatory effect on blood sugar concentration, increases resistance against infectious agents, increases physical and mental strength and can have an effect on chronic inflammatory processes and regulate the level of cholesterol. As a supplement, supporting other therapies, spirulina is used in treating those having nutritional problems (for example obesity, anorexia or a badly-balanced diet), vegetarians who need more protein and diabetes mellitus sufferers. It can also be used in the prevention of arteriosclerosis, ischemic heart disease, flu, iron deficiency, loss of vision, skin pathologies presenting dry and cracked skin, acne and furunculosis.

Combined with zeolite clinoptilolite it is used to combat chronic diseases. It seems that the best spirulina comes from Chile: the Atacama desert, the most arid and inhospitable in the world, where it is cultivated, is an almost unpolluted ecosystem. However, another blue-green alga, Klamath, which is born and prospers in a lake in Oregon, USA, is also excellent. Spirulina Platensis may also make you feel full and the richness of its proteins reduces the amount of food eaten. For it to work best, it must be taken at least 60 minutes before a meal, and at least 30 minutes before taking other medicines. It is advisable to drink hot or warm water after taking spirulina. It can be taken in cycles of 40 days, followed by a 20-day break. Some contraindications exist for those suffering from kidney problems due to its high protein content.

CHLOROPHYLL: Chlorophyll is a pigment found in plants with dark green leaves and plays an important role in photosynthesis. This pigment, however, does more than facilitate the production of energy in plants. Chlorella gets its name from its high chlorophyll content. Spinach, green beans, leeks, green cabbage and other green leafy vegetables are good sources of chlorophyll.

MALIC ACID: Malic acid, also known as apple acid, since it is found in apples, or mixed fruit acid, is one of the most powerful aluminium detoxifiers. It helps reduce the toxicity of aluminium for the brain, and for this reason could be useful in cases of Alzheimer’s disease. Malic acid has been shown to increase the urinary and faecal elimination of aluminium. It can also reduce the amount of aluminium found in the organs and tissues of the body. Malic acid is found, apart from in apples, in rhubarb, wine, apple cider vinegar, strawberries and papaya.

Detoxification cycle

Now that we have thoroughly gone into the subject of heavy metals and have learned about the properties and combinations of natural chelating agents, we know specifically which foods and supplements to add to our diet. We can therefore go on to consider a cycle of at least two months, using zeolite/chlorella and coriander, for an intense detoxification from toxic heavy metals and chemical pollutants.


BREAKFAST Take 1 teaspoon of zeolite or 40 drops of chlorella tincture 30 minutes before breakfast. Just before you start eating take 20 drops of coriander tincture.

LUNCH Take 1 teaspoon of zeolite or 40 drops of chlorella tincture 30 minutes before lunch. Just before you start eating take 20 drops of coriander tincture.

DINNER Take 1 teaspoon of zeolite or 40 drops of chlorella tincture 30 minutes before dinner. Just before you start eating take 20 drops of coriander tincture.


Take 1 teaspoon of zeolite or 40 drops of chlorella tincture 3 times a day, 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch and dinner. Do not take coriander in this week.


As WEEK 1, but increase the dose of coriander from 20 to 40 drops.


Take 1 teaspoon of zeolite or 40 drops of chlorella tincture 3 times a day, 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch and dinner. Do not take coriander in this week.


As WEEK 1, but increase the dose of coriander from 20 to 40 drops.


Take 1 teaspoon of zeolite or 40 drops of chlorella tincture 3 times a day, 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch and dinner. Do not take coriander in this week.




Take 1 teaspoon of zeolite or 40 drops of chlorella tincture 3 times a day, 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch and dinner. Do not take coriander in this week.


CHLORELLA ALGA: there are no known contraindications for children and young people. It may interfere with blood thinner drugs because of its high vitamin K1 and iron content.

ZEOLITE: in numerous tests made, no contraindications have been found.

CORIANDER: if taken in excessive doses it is intoxicating and can cause nervous disorders and kidney troubles. External use Rub 5 drops of coriander tincture on the hips, twice a day, which will have the effect of removing toxic metals from all the organs and joints located below the diaphragm. Rubbed onto the wrists, the same general effect will be had above the diaphragm. The wrists have a high concentration of nerves, as well as being the point of passage of the main lymphatic channels. It is also possible to rub from 10 to 15 drops on a painful area in order to counteract the pain locally, sometimes with immediate effect. Headache and other acute symptoms like joint pain can be rapidly resolved using “coriander tea”: 10 or 20 drops in a cup of boiling water. Important Take coriander 30 minutes after zeolite/chlorella!

FINAL ADVICE: Sleep, Sweat and Stimulate your Mind

Sleeping for an adequate number of hours per night is fundamental for keeping body and mind in good condition. On the contrary, sleep deprivation can have a harmful effect on cognitive abilities and stress management and can weaken the immune system.

Regular exercise is very important for detoxification. It allows the elimination of toxins through the skin, improving metabolism as a whole.

Stimulate your brain: read, meditate and keep yourself informed about what is really happening around you (like on the Dioni website LOL).

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