Before modern antibiotics were developed, colloidal silver was used as an all-purpose remedy for various infections and illnesses. Ancient Mediterranean civilizations used it to promote the purity and safety of their drinking water. The metal, which was highly valued for its antimicrobial properties, was often used as a lining for utensils, dishes, and drinking vessels to keep food fresh and prevent spoilage. In the days before antibiotics, silver was the treatment of choice for infections and wounds, including surgical wounds and soldiers’ wounds during World War I. In the 1930s, when doctors started relying on antibiotics to treat infections, silver use dropped out of favor.
Recently, it has experienced a revival, with some claiming it can replace antibiotics or other medical therapies to treat bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
More people are discovering the healing powers of colloidal silver, particularly with the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. While human research is somewhat limited, anecdotal evidence is substantial when it comes to colloidal silver’s health benefits.
How Does it Work?
Colloidal silver is a term used to describe tiny particles of silver suspended in a liquid. It isn’t known exactly how colloidal silver works, but researchers believe that it attaches to proteins on the cell walls of bacteria, damaging their cell membranes. This allows silver ions to pass into the cells, where they can interfere with the bacteria’s metabolic processes and damage its DNA, leading to the cell’s death.
What Are the Benefits?
It promotes healthy skin: If you have any skin issues, including skin infections, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, and acne, colloidal silver gel may help reduce inflammation, pain, and redness.
It’s a first-aid remedy: Colloidal silver gel is a must-have for your first aid kit. Apply to minor cuts, burns, scrapes, bites, and bruises.
It’s beneficial for immune health: Colloidal silver is known as a natural antibiotic, antifungal, and antiviral substance. According to research by Larry C. Ford, MD, at the UCLA School of Medicine, viral, fungal, and bacterial microbes were killed within minutes of exposure to silver. In fact, they found that colloidal silver can actually kill over 650 bacteria, fungi, parasites, and molds that have the potential to sprout diseases. Some of the top immune-supportive uses include: enhancing overall immune function; easing sinus infections and allergies; promoting recovery and soothing symptoms from colds and flu; and aiding in recovery from bacterial infections, including respiratory infections, pink eye, and ear infections.
Not All Liquid Silver Is the Same
Safety First: Certain forms of silver are unstable (i.e., they are excreted without being absorbed by the body), and they come with increased toxicity risks. While these dangers are dependent on dosage, it’s best to stick with brands from reputable manufactures. Low-quality silver has been associated with argyria, a rare condition in which the skin turns blue.
High-quality Silver: One standout type is Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol, a mixture of highly refined silver ions and silver nanoclusters. Thanks to the extremely small particle size (as low as 0.8 nm), this form is completely safe when taken as directed. Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol also contains 98 percent positively charged silver for optimum effectiveness.
Dosage Guidelines: Take 45 minutes away from any food or drink. You can add the liquid to smoothies, juices, smoothie bowls, etc. You can also mix
2 oz. of colloidal silver liquid per gallon of water and sip throughout the day.
Source Naturals Wellness Colloidal Silver
Sovereign Silver Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol
Trace Minerals Reserarch Colloidal Silver 30 Ppm
These products can be found in The Vitamin Shoppe Stores or on Vitaminshoppe.com