One of the main benefits of EDTA Chelation therapy is its ability to quench free radicals. Free radical pathology (oxidative stress) is the kernel of all aging processes. Regardless of the theory, the biology of aging ultimately culminates in oxidative stress (OS). Oxidative Stress is the imbalance between free radicals and available endogenous and exogenous antioxidants.
Oxidative stress has been linked to many human disease conditions. These include atherosclerosis, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer, to name a few. It has also been associated with normal physiological phenomena like the “aging process” and “cataract formation” in the eye. There is increasing evidence that many of the other risk factors associated with atherosclerotic vascular disease (AVD) (smoking, hyperhomocysteinemia, etc.) are linked with oxidative stress and the resultant free radical-mediated damage.
These molecules are unstable because they are missing an electron. Where complete oxygen atoms contain a nucleus with paired electrons orbiting around it, a free radical has only one electron.