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EDTA   Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid

EDTA is a chelator that removes heavy metals from the body according to the following research reports

1. "Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, widely abbreviated as EDTA (for other names, see Table) is a polyamino carboxylic acid and a colourless, water-soluble solid. Its conjugate base is named ethylenediaminetetraacetate. It is widely used to dissolve limescale. Its usefulness arises because of its role as a hexadentate ("six-toothed") ligand and chelating agent, i.e. its ability to "sequester" metal ions such as Ca2+ and Fe3+. After being bound by EDTA, metal ions remain in solution but exhibit diminished reactivity. EDTA is produced as several salts, notably disodium EDTA and calcium disodium EDTA." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EDTA

2. "...This case suggests that lead nephropathy currently can occur in Japan. It is possible that renal dysfunction from lead nephropathy is reversed by minimizing lead exposure and chelation therapy. Lead nephropathy should be included in the differenitial diagnosis of causes of chronic kidney disease and occupational and environmental lead exposure should be investigated carefully during the medical history." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21516708 This report showes that EDTA celated lead from this test subject's kidney.

 
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