Argyria Colloidal Silver

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Do not be swayed by any unsupported health claims. In the end, colloidal silver has no known benefit when ingested, injected, or inhaled and may cause more harm than good.

Even so, colloidal silver never left the drugstore shelves. In 1999 the FDA declared that over-the-counter products containing colloidal silver ingredients were “misbranded” and “not generally recognized as safe,” banning its sale as an OTC drug. But in practice that just means it sits on a different shelf in the pharmacy, as a supplement now instead of a medication.

Colloidal silver is often touted as an antibacterial agent and a topical wound dressing. Some people claim it can cure a cold faster, heal the body better, and even treat cancer or HIV.

Colloid silver supplement manufacturers often claim that their products can fight infection, boost immunity, and treat cancer.

To investigate the current availability of colloidal silver solution in one major online marketplace, the term colloidal silver was searched on on June 13, 2014. The search yielded 2286 different colloidal silver products. The products were then limited to only those listed in the health and personal care department, which yielded 1010 different products. The results were then limited to only liquid colloidal silver products, which yielded 149 different products; only these ingestible liquid colloidal silver products were analyzed. The search results were sorted by relevance, not by rating.

But does colloidal silver really strengthen your immune system? Is it actually safe for everyday use? Keep reading if you’re considering using colloidal silver.

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That doesn they often do. But many of the claims are more oblique than direct, inferring that colloidal silver can boost immunity or keep you from getting sick. Other manufacturers are less subtle and will test the limits of the law by suggesting their supplement has antibiotic-like effects.

Silver has been a favored defense against infection since ancient times. Pliny the Elder reported in AD 78 that silver slag, the gunk left over from smelting silver, “has healing properties as an ingredient in plasters,” and Cyrus the Great, king of Persia from 550 to 529 BC, stayed healthy by drinking only boiled water stored in silver flagons. (According to Herodotus, mule-drawn carts laden with silver urns followed King Cyrus “whithersoever” he went.) During the Middle Ages, monks popularized the use of silver nitrate, a salt formed by reacting silver with nitric acid, to treat ulcers and burns. Relative to other premodern health tips, these were actually pretty good ideas, because—as scientists discovered once they finally figured out germ theory—silver does have germ-fighting abilities. The exact mechanism by which it attacks bacterial cells still isn’t clear, but scientists have some guesses. Silver is most toxic to microbes in its ionized form—AG+, same as in those silver nitrate salts—which seems to deactivate important microbial enzymes and potentially screw with DNA replication.

But in 1999 (and again 10 years later), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release stating that there was no evidence to suggest a clear health benefit for colloidal silver. Rather, there’s evidence of some risks associated with using colloidal silver.

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livoa vital colloidal silver

livoa vital colloidal silver

Supplements containing colloidal Silver are not considered safe or effective for the health claims made by manufacturers. There is no known function for silver in the human body. It is not considered an essential mineral.

But the colloidal silver solutions were problematic too. It’s very difficult to control or analyze how much of the silver is ionized, so a patient has no way of knowing how much active silver they’re ingesting or applying—rendering it either useless or, on the other extreme, so potent it results in argyria. So colloidal silver was mostly abandoned by the medical establishment, which moved on to safer and more effective applications of silver, such as in wound dressings or as an infection-fighting additive to joint replacements. Recent tests of modern colloidal silver products found they had no significant antimicrobial properties and left most bacteria unscathed (even after six minutes).

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When marketed as a dietary supplement, a product like colloidal silver does not fall under the same regulatory constraints. As long as the manufacturer does not make any health or medical claims, the product can be legally sold in the same way that vitamins, homeopathic remedies, and traditional Chinese medicines are.

Twenty-four different ingestible liquid products containing colloidal silver were listed on the first page of the search results; only products on this first page of the results that had at least 10 consumer reviews were included for analysis. These criteria yielded 12 colloidal silver products with a combined total of 606 individual customer reviews (mean, 50.5 reviewers per product). The mean consumer rating of these 12 products was 4.38 of a possible maximum rating of 5 stars.

Colloidal silver is a commercially sold product that contains microscopic flakes of pure silver. Usually the flakes are suspended in demineralized water or another liquid. This form is marketed for oral use.

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life force international colloidal silver

life force international colloidal silver

Scientific evidence does not support the use colloidal silver dietary supplement for any condition or disease.

Despite the FDA’s warning, colloidal silver remains accessible from at least 2 major online retailers and is being marketed as a dietary supplement that will improve health. The product description of one ingestible liquid product containing colloidal silver from claims it can “eliminate toxins, poisons and fungi from your body” and that it will “keep your system’s defenses against toxins and viruses high” (both quotations from

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) warns that people taking colloidal silver may be actually risking their long-term health for a product that doesn’t improve immunity or promote healing.

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Colloidal silver products consist of small silver particles suspended in liquid. This is the same metal that's used in silverware, dental fillings, and jewelry.

The availability of colloidal silver solution as a health and personal care product is concerning. With the use of an online marketplace, colloidal silver can be easily obtained, and consumers can be influenced by the favorable product reviews. It is important that a patient’s medical history include information about over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements, and complementary and alternative medications. The most common adverse effect of long-term colloidal silver ingestion is argyria. Advising patients against further use can prevent worsening of skin discoloration and development of renal, hepatic, and neurologic problems that have been reported after long-term ingestion of colloidal silver.4 In addition, the FDA warning made 16 years ago should be reemphasized and consideration should be given to adding colloidal silver to the list of the agency’s Unapproved Drugs Initiative since it poses a potential safety risk and lacks evidence of being effective.

Clinical trials are ongoing into the use of oral colloidal silver, as well as the use of negatively charged silver nanoparticles for topical use on wounds.