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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

What is EDTA?

Last month, while reading the ingredients on the bottle of French mayonnaise, I encountered the term Ethylene Diamine Tetra acetic Acid (EDTA). I grew curious to know what it is and does in our body. I found about EDTA in Dr. Rodger Murphree’s book Heart Disease: What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You (Harrison and Hampton Inc., Alabama, 2005).

EDTA is a man-made amino acid that is important o cleansing the body from harmful toxic metals which can:

Create free radicals in the body
Oxidize Lipoproteins
Damage the arteries

EDTA binds to these harmful unwanted, toxic heavy metals and helps remove them from the body. EDTA has been in use for chelation therapy for many years. It is administered intravenously and was originally used to treat lead poisoning. Soon the doctors discovered that chelation with EDTA was causing a significant reduction in the Coronary Artery Disease (Heart Disease), or CAD.

Chelation therapy is still in use and is considered safe by most health professionals. While EDTA is now also given orally (in supplements etc.), oral chelation has been found less effective in detoxifying the body. Oral chelation is beneficial for people who want to prevent heart diseases. That is why expert nutritionists suggest a regular intake of EDTA in supplements and foods to which it has been added.

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