Don't be fooled by unsupported claims about health. Colloidal silver is not known to have any health benefits when taken orally, injected or inhaled. It may even cause more harm than good.
Gwyneth Paltrow appeared on Dr. Oz's 2013 show to discuss how she keeps her family and herself happy and healthy. She said that colloidal silver was one her four wellness tips. She sprays it on her tongue and on plane seats to prevent viruses. Oz agreed that this has tons of data. He had apparently forgotten about the blue man he was doubting. Oz shared with Paltrow that he uses colloidal Silver as a daily throat spray and so do his children. He said, "This was my first antibiotic."
Is colloidal silver good for your immune system? Is it safe to use every day? Keep reading if you're considering using colloidal silver.
Colloidal silver products are tiny silver particles suspended within a liquid. They are the same kind of metal used to make jewelry, dental fillings, silverware and other silverware.
Since ancient times, silver has been a preferred defense against infection. Pliny, the Elder, reported in AD78 that silver slag (the gunk from smelting of silver) "has healing properties as a component in plasters." Cyrus, the Great, who ruled Persia between 550 and 529 BC, kept his health by only drinking boiled water in silver flagons. Herodotus claims that King Cyrus was accompanied by mule-drawn wagons carrying silver urns. Silver nitrate was popularized by monks during the Middle Ages to treat burns and ulcers. It is a salt that reacts silver with nitric acids. These were much better than other premodern health tips. Scientists discovered that silver does indeed have germ-fighting capabilities. Scientists have made some assumptions about the mechanism that silver attacks bacteria cells, though it is still not clear. Silver is most toxic for microbes when it's in its ionized state--AG+. This is the same as silver nitrates. It seems to activate important microbial enzymes, and possibly cause problems with DNA replication.
The antibacterial and topical wound dressing properties of colloidal silver are often praised. It is claimed that it can speed up the healing process, cure colds faster, and even treat HIV or cancer.
Supplements containing colloidal gold are not safe or effective to support any health claims that manufacturers make. Silver is not known to have any medical purpose. It's not essential.
However, colloidal silver was never sold on drugstore shelves. The FDA banned the sale of colloidal silver-containing OTC drugs in 1999. In practice, this means that it is now a supplement to a medication and not a drug.
Clinical trials continue to examine the efficacy of oral colloidal and topical silver nanoparticles.
Silver can build up in your body when taken by mouth. The silver can build up in your body over many months and years. This can lead to a blue-gray discoloration on your skin, eyes, and internal organs. Doctors refer to this as argyria (ahr JIR'e-uh). It is often permanent. Rarely, however, colloidal silver can have serious side effects such as seizures and damage to the organs.
The colloidal silver solutions proved to be problematic as well. It is difficult to monitor and analyze the amount of silver ionized. Patients don't know how much active or inactive silver they are ingesting. This can render it useless or make it so potent that it causes argyria. The medical establishment abandoned colloidal silver and moved to safer and more efficient uses of silver such as as a wound dressing or an infection-fighting component to joint replacements. Modern colloidal silver products have no antimicrobial properties, and most bacteria was left unaffected (even after six minutes).
However, the FDA issued a press statement in 1999 stating that there was not enough evidence to support a clear health benefit from colloidal silver. There are some risks that colloidal silver can pose.
Scientific evidence doesn’t support colloidal-silver dietary supplements as a treatment for any type of disease or condition.
24 different liquids ingestible containing colloidal gold were listed on the first page. Only products that had at least 10 reviews from consumers were considered for analysis. These criteria resulted in 12 colloidal-silver products that had combined 606 customer reviews (mean, 50.5 reviews per product). These 12 products received a mean consumer rating of 4.38 out of a maximum of 5.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), warns that colloidal silver users may be at risk for their long-term health if they take a product that doesn’t promote healing or immunity.
No sound scientific studies supporting these claims have been published in medical journals. In the USA, the Federal Trade Commission and Food and Drug Administration took action against several companies that made unproven health claims.
Blossom, who has a different media diet, keeps colloidal silver on hand. It is mostly used to treat cuts and scrapes for her dog and herself. She says it works "incredibly well and quickly." It's been my go-to product for many years. Javier believes that the best thing for her health is not to listen to the FDA's warnings, but to trust her intuitions and do her research. Blossom states, "I don’t subscribe to the FDA, nor to the general opinion of the medical community." "I don’t believe they are pure in what they intend."
Silver taken by mouth is not recommended. Colloid silver can buildup in your tissues and cause grayish-colored skin and mucous membranes. This is the sign of an illness called argyria.
Many colloidal silver supplement manufacturers promote their products by claiming silver can boost the immune systems, fight infection and treat disease.
It is alarming that colloidal silver solution is available as a personal and health care product. Online marketplaces make colloidal silver easy to find. Consumers can also be influenced by positive product reviews. It is vital that patients' medical histories include information about prescriptions, dietary supplements, as well as complementary and alternative medicines. Argyria is the most frequent adverse reaction to long-term colloidal Silver ingestion. Patients should be warned against long-term colloidal silver ingestion. This will prevent skin discoloration from worsening and the development of kidney, liver, and neurologic problems.4 The FDA warning of 16 years ago should also be reiterated. It is possible that colloidal silver could be added to the Unapproved Drugs Initiative.
Agyria can't be reversed. Argyria is not dangerous by itself and is considered "medically benign". Any skin discoloration is not a pleasant side effect.