Colloidal silver has been used to treat a vast range of medical problems for many hundreds of years. Like many forms of alternative medicines, there is much discussion around just how useful or harmful colloidal silver is. Below we’ve looked at the uses, benefits, and dangers of colloidal silver.
What exactly is colloidal silver?
Colloidal silver is a collection of small silver particles which are held in liquid. It is used as a form of alternative medicine, with civilizations across the globe having valued the health qualities of silver for centuries.
While some of the silver particles in colloidal silver are visible to the naked eye, many are too tiny to be seen. The silver particles which are not visible to the human eye are known as nanoparticles – so called because they are under 100 nm.
What is colloidal silver used for?
Colloidal silver is marketed by companies as being an all-cure alternative medicine, one which can be used to treat a diverse range of problems – from more mild ailments, up to the most serious diseases.
Colloidal silver has been used for many different medical issues, ranging from an antibacterial treatment and wound dresser to treating cancer and HIV.
What are the benefits of colloidal silver?
The claim for using colloidal silver rests primarily on it having two benefits – that it has antibacterial qualities, tackling ailments and diseases; that it works as an antiseptic, helping to protect wounds from infection.
While there is no definitive agreement on how colloidal silver works, it is claimed that colloidal silver joins onto proteins found in bacterial cell walls – it’s said this then harms the membranes of bacterial cells, eventually killing the bacteria.
What are the dangers of using colloidal silver?
Let’s be very clear about this – there is no definitive scientific evidence to back up claims that colloidal silver has health benefits. What there is clear evidence for is that using colloidal silver can pose health risks, with argyria the most pronounced of these.
Argyria affects your skin, turning it a grey-blue color because of an excess of silver on your skin and in your body. Having too much silver in your body can also be lethal, with 10g of silver nitrate being enough for a lethal dose.
Colloidal silver has been used for centuries in cultures across the globe to cure a range of ailments. However, as with many ancient medicines, the health benefits of colloidal silver are sketchy at best and non-existent at their most damning. What can be said conclusively about colloidal silver is that taking it leaves you at risk of developing argyria and giving your skin a blue, Smurf-like, tinge.