Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Is EDTA Safe?

Thursday, 03 June 2010 12:00 PM

Question: What is your opinion concerning EDTA taken as a pill? Will it do everything that sellers of this product claim, or is it dangerous to take something like this every day?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

I think daily EDTA tablets represent a true health hazard. EDTA is a chelation agent. That is, it binds metals, especially lead, but also zinc and other metals. Trace amounts of metals are required in our diets, so why are you trying to remove them? There is no evidence-based data to support the use of EDTA to prevent or treat cardiovascular disease.

EDTA is not recommended for oral use. EDTA is indicated for the treatment of metal poisoning (lead) only by the intravenous or intra-muscular route under close physician supervision. It has variable, poor, and unreliable oral absorption, and it has significant potential to enhance absorption of metals from our gastro-intestinal tract.

Some forms of EDTA will induce severe, and in some cases life-threatening, calcium deficiency, and approved treatment regimens require monitoring for renal (kidney) toxicity. EDTA oral treatment should be regarded as experimental, unproven, and a potentially toxic choice. It cannot be recommended as safe for either supplementation or for disease prevention.

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