Benefits of EDTA
EDTA or EthyleneDiamine TetraAcetic acid is a kind of amino acid that is related closely to vinegar. This particular synthetic amino acid was first developed in 1931 by Germans so as to reverse poisoning caused by heavy metals following the intake of mercury, lead and aluminum. Here are other advantages of EDTA.
1. Treats soil
High heavy metal concentration in soil caused by contaminating factories may pose a great health risk through contaminating ground water. EDTA is used for sequestering such heavy metals. Even though the bonds created by EDTA will not last long since they are biodegradable, it can still offer huge benefits in soil treatment.
2. Preserves food
Many food manufacturers utilize EDTA to remove trace metals like copper, nickel and iron that may have entered food during processing and harvesting. Such metals may quicken food spoilage and breakdown through catalyzing fat oxidation in food. Even though the metals still persist in the foods, the EDTA forms a bond with them such that they cannot catalyze any oxidation. EDTA therefore works effectively in food preservation.
3. Aids emergency treatment
A key medical advantage of EDTA is that it is used for lowering dangerously high levels of calcium in blood. In fact, in emergency instances of digitalis caused poisoning, the use of EDTA may prevent death. Digitalis is normally used for strengthening contractions and slowing heart rate. Overmedication may result in heart arrhythmia. However, EDTA intake may prevent such heart problems from developing.
Chelation refers to the process of enhancing the elimination of various trace metals from the body. EDTA is particularly efficient in dealing with lead poisoning. Those with iron, arsenic and mercury poisoning can also use EDTA to get relief.
When EDTA is taken orally it may cause gas, general discomfort and bloating. In rare instances, the stomach discomfort may result in constipation.