- What is EDTA?
- How does it Work to Remove
- Is it safe?
In a Nutshell:
(ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) is an amino acid compound, a
powerful chelating agent - meaning it attaches to plaque build up
and heavy metals and removes them naturally from the body. EDTA is
recognized by the body and easily assimilated.
Chelation - (Greek) To bind, or to claw
EDTA is one of the most powerful metal chelators known. However,
EDTA has become a commonly known name. There are actually many forms
and chemical formulas for the same basic product called EDTA. All
are formulated to remove metals, but for different purposes.
Industrial Grade EDTA is used in batteries and for other practical
purposes. Food Grade EDTA is used to protect us to some degree from
harmful metals that find their way into the foods we eat. The sodium
and calcium salts of EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) are
common sequestrants in many kinds of foods and beverages.
And Pharmaceutical Grade EDTA is used in the best chelation products
for its primary function, that of removing unwanted metals (in
particular Calcium, Mercury, Lead, Cadmium & Arsenic) from the
body's organs and cardiovascular system.
DOES IT WORK TO REMOVE HEAVY METALS?
EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid). The EDTA molecule can bind
to metal ions by forming six bonds to it - two from nitrogen atoms
in amino groups and four from oxygen atoms in carboxyl groups.
When divalent metals (such as lead, mercury, cadmium, aluminum,
calcium etc.) are chelated by EDTA, the original electromagnetic
attraction is lost, and the fatty debris is dissolved by circulating
blood and metabolized. The metal EDTA molecule, now inactive and non
toxic, is carried by the blood until it passes through the kidneys.
It then is removed from the body via the urine.
The solid sticky plaque goes into solution and is harmlessly
removed. By this unique mechanism, dangerous solids are converted to
a liquid, then transported away to be eliminated. This is a natural,
normal phenomenon of body chemistry.
WHAT ABOUT PLAQUE?
Plaque is formed when non bi-carbonate
calcium and cholesterol combine. Plaque builds up on arteries and
can create blockages and hardening, causing a host of health
concerns such as arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, infarction,
stenosis, PAD, CAD, congestive heart failure, angina, and so on.
Chelation therapy works by reversing hardening of the arteries due
to calcification. Calcium is a major contributor to the
Calcium has two positive charges which are called valences. Hence,
calcium is divalent. Calcium is strongly attracted
electromagnetically by the open ended, molecular structure of EDTA
that is circulating in the blood during the chelation treatment.
This results in the calcium ion being incorporated into the EDTA
molecular structure, forming a closed ring. When this process takes
place, the metal is said to be chelated and EDTA is termed the
IS EDTA SAFE?
EDTA is used in the food products we eat every day, including some
baby foods, and is approved by the FDA and USDA for this use. It is
recommended by the American Heart Association for removing toxic
metals from the body, and even children undergo this treatment. More
than 1 million Americans and over 3 million patients in other
countries use Chelation Treatments for heavy metal detox and plaque
removal each year. Chelation Therapy has been used successfully for
over 60 years.
It should be noted that there are many formulas for EDTA. Some are
used for Industrial purposes, others are Food Grade or
Pharmaceutical grade for consumption.
It is also very important to consider the method of administering
EDTA. It is taken orally (liquid, capsule, sublingually), by
suppository, and through IV. There are varying degrees of safety and
effectiveness for each. Please see Treatment Options for Blocked
Arteries and Treatment Options for Metal Toxicity for more
information. The following information will focus primarily on EDTA
- Various benefits and uses of EDTA
(including those in the foods we eat)
- Research studies on EDTA
- Excerpts from Chelation Can Cure
by Dr. E.W. McDonagh. Explanations as to the workings of EDTA
and a brief history, Discussion of stroke, cardiovascular
disease, hardening and narrowing of the arteries, effects on the
brain, Relationship to Calcium
- Chelation Therapy and High Blood
Pressure “increase the effectiveness in the treatment of
heart disease, stroke, diabetes, gangrene, retinitis, macular
degeneration, kidney disease, and many other difficult medical
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