Colloidal silver has been used as an antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal treatment for thousands of years. To this day, people swear that this purified water soaked in floating silver has incredible medicinal properties. Others claim that it is not just snake oil, it could also be pure poison. Given the outbreak of the Chinese virus, it is not surprising that there is renewed talk about a possible cure on the Internet. As usual, the truth lies somewhere in between. So let's look at ten current facts about colloidal silver.
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10 It's not colloidal
If you look up a definition of "colloidal silver," you get something like "microscopic silver particles suspended in it are a liquid basis ”. If you look up colloidally, you will find that it is a substance that is distributed in another, namely silver. However, if you look up a colloid, you will find that the definition adds that it should not be possible to separate the materials by any type of filtration.
A Queensland researcher noticed this and wrote a (snarky) paper in which he suggested that "atomic silver clusters in pico or nanometer size, statically electrically suspended in water by a mutually repelling force" would be a more accurate name. This may seem like hair is split more obsessively than lice, but if you want to consume something in the hope that it will improve your health, science matters. 
9 You could change the color
To tell Paul Karason was the living embodiment of Papa Smurf to serve the expression "living embodiment" in a bad way. You have probably already seen his pictures that have been on the internet since 2008 when Karason was interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today Show. As you can probably guess, Karason's famous bluish-silver hue, a condition known as Argyria, was a result of colloidal silver.
Karason says he started taking the substance to help with various medical conditions such as skin problems, stomach problems, and arthritis. He drinks 10 ounces a day, about 30 times the recommended dose, and says he didn't notice the change in his complexion until months later when a friend pointed out. But Karason was satisfied with his health and continued to drink. He died in 2013 from unrelated causes and is lovingly worshiped by a handful of blue people around the world. 
8 It can weaken medication
When you put something in your body, you have to think about how it will react to everything else in your body. This becomes more and more difficult with increasing age. Your body is held together by adhesive tape and chewing gum and filled to the brim with your personal drug cocktail, which is intended to ward off death for another day.
The problem with colloidal silver is that it is not a drug but can still interact with it. Although some silver occasionally appears in medical treatment, like some bandages, it is not used in any oral medication. Unlike other metals like gold or iron, silver has no real purpose in the body. Therefore, little research has been done into how the use could affect other medications you may be taking, but based on the research done, it doesn't look promising.
A small number of studies have shown that taking colloidal silver can decrease the body's ability to take antibiotics and affect certain hormone treatments. Not only does this mean that patients trying to help the medication could hinder them, it also adds another level of thought and complexity to medical professionals that they need to consider when considering treatment options. With home remedies like this, asking a patient if he is taking "other medication" may not be enough. 
7 Side Effects
Often retailers of colloidal silver advertise it has "no known side effects". Aside from the fact that this has been proven to be wrong, as we have already seen, it takes advantage of the fact that colloidal silver is not a major area of scientific interest. It is easy to say that there are no "known" side effects since no one really looked.
Despite statements from blogs about the product, drinking silver has side effects. Harvard published a press release that said taking colloidal silver orally could cause metal to build up in the body, which could lead to headaches, stomach problems, and kidney damage. In rare cases, nerve or brain damage can even occur, which in turn can increase the possibility of seizures. 
6 It's all natural
Another tactic used to present colloidal silver as a miracle cure for health care. Product is to talk about everything that it is not. This is a common sales technique because saying that a product is free of something, especially something they don't fully understand, gives the impression that they are unwittingly consuming unhealthy products.
Colloidal silver has a lot to offer in this regard: it contains no gluten, no soy, no dairy, no GMOs, and no added sugar (I attached the last one to myself, but hey, it's true). Colloidal silver is also suitable for vegans and vegetarians, has not been tested on animals and is safe for animals. The best thing is that colloidal silver is WADA certified, which should give you a lot of confidence, even if you don't know what WADA is. However, scientists from the World Anti-Doping Agency have tested colloidal silver and found that it does not contain steroids. Therefore it is certified. 
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Despite everything, we shouldn't be too quick to find colloidal silver to write off as little more than witchcraft. Despite the fact that silver has no natural purpose in the human body, it can help in some way. Many bandages contain ionic silver, which has been shown to promote healing of external wounds, while silver can also be used in various forms to treat burns.
Although the medical use of silver still requires a lot of scientific research, some studies have shown that it could have even more advantages, especially in the fight against bacteria. It has also been shown to reduce inflammation and inhibit the spread of viruses. However, many of the silver studies have been done on cells in petri dishes, which means that we have no precise idea of how silver could be used in the body. 
4 Not all is the same
When When you make a product with only two ingredients, water and silver, you might think that there are only so many ways to combine them: you give the silver into the water and … well, it really is. Unfortunately, if you're interested in colloidal silver, it's not that easy.
Even within the colloidal community, there are those who say that real colloidal silver should appear yellow, while others argue that the clearer the water, the better. The size and purity of the silver particles can vary, as can the purity of the water used. There are also various forms of silver that can be used, with bioactive (silver with positively charged ions) being the preferred choice. There are no standards or mandatory regulations for colloidal silver, although the FDA has taken certain products off the shelves due to poor purity. So if you are in the market you should shop carefully. 
3 It is potentially dangerous
Despite all the vegan-friendly, non-GMO material, the truth is that colloidal silver can be a potentially dangerous product. In addition to the side effects mentioned above, one of the most common myths about colloidal silver is that the higher the dose, the more effective it is. You don't have to be a scientist to know that consuming too much of anything is bad, and colloidal silver is no exception. Taking too much can lead to a toxic shock.
The fact that it is not regulated leaves a lot of room for something to go wrong. Studies of whether colloidal silver is effective or not cannot draw a conclusion because the quality of the brands varies so much. In addition, this lack of regulation could explain why some brands were found to be infected with bacteria, which could have devastating effects on people trying to improve their health. 
2 It's Environmentally Harmful
In recent years, some countries have taken a hard line on microspheres. Microspheres are plastic beads less than a millimeter wide that are commonly used in beauty products such as facial scrubs. The problem is that when such products wash off our skin, the pearls go to sea and an estimated 808 trillion pearls were washed in US tubes alone in 2017. The pearls would be consumed by small fish that would be eaten by larger fish or birds, which would damage wildlife and possibly enter our food chain.
While many countries have now banned the use of microspheres, there are similar concerns about colloidal silver. Colloidal silver is not the only product that uses silver nanoparticles. Toothpaste is another example, but any increase in the amount of nanoparticles we use affects the environment. And unlike microspheres, silver nanoparticles are both flushed into our oceans and dumped in our country. Obviously, plants and animals have a much lower threshold for toxic shock, which means that pollution could kill them. Alternatively, if we continue to throw these invisible pearls into our environment, they could find their way back to us in our food. 
1 Coronavirus cures. . . Or is it?
Since colloidal silver is said to strengthen your immune system and coronavirus (Covid-19) is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, it was inevitable that certain people would claim that colloidal silver could cure coronavirus.
Ultimately, the truth is that we don't really know whether colloidal silver could be useful or not. Perhaps, in a way, it could be that we need more research. But if a virus manages to bring the whole world to its knees and every government on earth is desperately looking for a way to alleviate the chaos, you should have doubts about people who claim to have a cure but not the WHO talk to them. If the same unregulated product was offered as a cure for AIDS and cancer, both of which, in particular, are not cured, you should definitely be careful. Colloidal silver can contain something. But it probably isn't. 
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