U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned companies who market colloidal and other silver products about false claims that they prevent or treat COVID-19 (15).
Many studies have looked at the effect of silver-containing dressings for skin wounds and ulcers. Many studies found that silver particles have antibacterial properties, which can help with the treatment of skin ulcers, diabetic ulcers as well as skin grafts, bed sores and necrotizing fasciitis.
There is no silver vitamin or mineral that naturally occurs in your body. It is not necessary to ensure that you have sufficient silver intake or to do anything to compensate for the lack of it.
Silver is unstable when suspended and can bind proteins. Silver compounds create hemisilver and sulfhydryl sulfides which lead to the inactivation enzymes. Additionally, silver can bind amino carboxyl or phosphate groups (1). Studies have shown that silver accumulates within the liver of rats and bonds with various tissues as well as basal membranes. It also affects the activities and peroxidation of membranelipids, as well as glutathione/lactate peroxidase.
An Iranian study in 2018 concluded that silver nanoparticles applied topically to skin can reduce inflammation and speed skin growth.
Colloidal silver is an example of anecdotal information that is very different from scientific research. Keep in mind that oral colloidal sodium is not a product that is regulated by FDA.
Although silver particles found in colloidal gold can be of different sizes, some are so small that they are called nanoparticles. These particles are smaller than 100 nanometers in size and therefore invisible to naked eyes (1).
The condition argyria can become permanent and disfiguring over time. This is when tissues turn bluish-gray. The first to be affected are the gums. Next, the skin, eyes, nails and deeper tissues layers. Other symptoms include headaches, fatigue, myoclonic seizures and headache.
Companies that claim colloidal-silver is a miracle cure to HIV and cancer are not proving it. There are many safe options to keep healthy, avoid disease, and get better from illness.
Before the invention of antibiotics, colloidal Silver was used as an all-purpose cure for various ailments and infections.
It is unknown what level of toxicity silver has on internal organs. However, animal studies have shown excessive amounts can affect kidney function and liver function, cause damage to the central nervous systems, and trigger the release of calcium from bones. The National Toxicology Program has published research that suggests silver is safe for reproduction and pregnancy.
Coloidal silver can be used to treat a variety of conditions. With guidance from a healthcare professional, you might consider topical use. The EPA recommends that you not exceed the recommended dosage.
Coloidal Silver should not be used by pregnant women, as it can cause developmental abnormalities for the fetus (1).
There may not be any side effects for people who use colloidal silver. Because colloidal silver particles accumulate over time and embed themselves in tissue and organs, including the skin, the concerns are greater.
According to the EPA, your daily exposure to silver -- oral, topical, or environmental -- should not exceed 5 micrograms for every kilogram.
A small study showed no benefit from colloidal silver nasal sprays in treating recalcitrant chronic sinusitis. Although silver compounds are still widely used in antiseptic preparations externally, there has been an increase in interest in colloidal silver oral as an alternative medicine. While there have been in vitro evidence of antitumor activity (8) from oral colloidal, human data has not supported this. Despite lackluster evidence, it is being promoted to be a treatment for AIDS and cancer. Long-term use can lead to silver deposition in skin and mucous, which can then cause irreversible conditions like argyria. This is characterised as bluish to gray-black coloration. Other adverse effects include seizures (6). Coloidal Silver can cause developmental abnormalities in the baby if consumed by pregnant women (1).
This indicates that silver-containing products may be useful for short-term topical treatment.
A liquid tincture is the most common form of colloidal-silver. It can be found in many health food stores. It can also be purchased as a powder that you can apply to your skin. Some people make their colloidal silver themselves using a special machine at home.
The advocates of it claim it is an effective treatment for all types and degrees of infection and diseases, including the common flu and cancer.
Silver has many health benefits, but that is not to say it doesn't have any. Colloid silver can be used topically (on skin) to prevent infection and aid in healing.
Coloidal silver should be stopped immediately if you experience any side effects such as nausea, skin discoloration, or other symptoms.