EDTA is used in Chelation Therapy to remove heavy metals and minerals such as lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium, aluminum, antimony, arsenic, copper and calcium from the blood. Heavy metal toxicity is the only Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved use of EDTA.
Although it is not approved by the FDA to treat arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), EDTA Chelation Therapy is used by some alternative and integrative physicians to improve circulation and treat this disorder by removing calcium deposits and plaques from the arteries. EDTA Chelation Therapy is also being used by alternative and integrative physicians to treat osteoporosis, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, life extension (Anti-Aging), macular degeneration, improvements in kidney function, improvements in glycosylated blood sugar levels and inflammatory tissue disorders. All people over 60 years of age should have a routine course of Chelation Therapy as part of a general revitalization program.