EDTA chelation therapy is growing in popularity each year, and while IV sessions in a doctor’s office are an option, more people are opting for oral EDTA chelation because of the value, effectiveness, and convenience. It also uses the same proven and effective form of EDTA given intravenously by a practitioner (Calcium disodium EDTA). However, this increase in popularity also means more people are taking EDTA incorrectly.
Calcium Disodium EDTA isn’t like most other supplements, and knowing how to take EDTA correctly allows you to chelate minerals from the desired areas, and not from the food you just ate. EDTA is a proven safe and effective dietary supplement that can chelate minerals and metals from the body, and by avoiding these common mistakes, you’ll know you are maximizing its effectiveness:
Mistake 1: Taking EDTA with meals or other medicine
EDTA and heavy metals are attracted to each other, the heavier the metal, the stronger the attraction. But EDTA also chelates indiscriminately, which means it’ll grab onto the first minerals it encounters. For this reason, you want to make sure you are taking EDTA about 1.5 - 2 hours apart from meals and other medicines/supplements. This allows your body time to digest and absorb the EDTA into your bloodstream with its full ability to chelate still intact.
Mistake 2: Taking EDTA every day without a break
While you won’t be in any danger from the EDTA itself, not giving your body a break sometimes can lead to depleted mineral levels in your body. Taking a ‘one-a-day’ multi mineral supplement will help maintain those levels, but it is still a good idea to cycle on and off this product.
Recommendations vary regarding cycle duration, however a good rule of thumb for EDTA cycling is a 3:1 ratio (i.e. 6 weeks on, 2 weeks off). This will allow your body time to replenish its natural mineral levels, and help avoid deficiencies.
Mistake 3: Taking One Capsule 2-3 times a day
This is unnecessary and adds to the difficulty of taking EDTA properly. There is no harm in taking all of your daily dosage at one time (on an empty stomach). Many people we talk with take EDTA early in the morning or right before they go to bed in order to keep their schedule with meals and other medicines.