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Why do people take ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)?

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EDTA is a molecule called a chelating agent, which grab and stick to other molecules. Some doctors prescribe it to clean lead and other toxic metals from blood. In those cases it is given through an IV.

EDTA is also an ingredient in some prescription cancer-fighting medicines.

From: EDTA WebMD Medical Reference

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News releases, Natural Standard.

News release, FDA.

FDA web site: "Warning Letter NYK-2011-02," "Food Additives List."

Science News , Sept. 13, 1997.

Rakel, R.E., editor, 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Textbook of Family Medicine,

Natural Standard: "Chelation."

Curr Cardiol Rep. : "EDTA Chelation Therapy to Reduce Cardiovascular Events in Persons with Diabetes." 

JAMA : "Effect of disodium EDTA chelation regimen on cardiovascular events in patients with previous myocardial infarction: The TACT Randomized Trial."

Circulation : "Clinical benefit of EDTA chelation therapy in patients with diabetes in the trial to assess chelation therapy (TACT)."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 15, 2017

SOURCES:

News releases, Natural Standard.

News release, FDA.

FDA web site: "Warning Letter NYK-2011-02," "Food Additives List."

Science News , Sept. 13, 1997.

Rakel, R.E., editor, 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Textbook of Family Medicine,

Natural Standard: "Chelation."

Curr Cardiol Rep. : "EDTA Chelation Therapy to Reduce Cardiovascular Events in Persons with Diabetes." 

JAMA : "Effect of disodium EDTA chelation regimen on cardiovascular events in patients with previous myocardial infarction: The TACT Randomized Trial."

Circulation : "Clinical benefit of EDTA chelation therapy in patients with diabetes in the trial to assess chelation therapy (TACT)."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 15, 2017

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