The idea of orally taking Silver may sound crazy, but the science behind it is undeniable. I use it myself and with patients, I can definitely vouch for its’ health benefits. Here’s some evidence at a glance.
Silver has historically and extensively been used as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent. Ancient civilizations like the Greeks and Egyptians used silver vessels to preserve drinking water. In the Middle Ages, the wealthy used silver eating utensils due to its anti-microbial properties. In the 1800s, fine silver wires were used for sutures due to their positive affect on faster healing. Today, invasive surgical tools are made with a silver coating. Even the International Space Station has a silver-based water purification system. The benefits of Silver have been studied for thousands of years; its effective use for immune support and topical healing applications has been significantly demonstrated.
Colloidal Silver is the term used to describe tiny particles of Silver suspended in a liquid. It is also the generic term for all forms of Silver marketed as dietary supplements, although it technically refers to substances with particles in suspension. This metal has been used as an ancient cure to treat bacterial, viral and fungal infections. It can be taken orally or applied topically.
Silver has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. The ions bind to harmful cells and damage their cell walls, causing it to destruct. Unlike antibiotics, colloidal silver doesn’t create resistance or immunity to organisms. Hence, silver nanoparticles have emerged up with diverse medical applications ranging from silver-based dressings, silver coated medicinal devices, such as nanogels, nanolotions, liquid and sprays.
Why do I recommend Colloidal Silver?
There are many types of Silver dietary supplements, all umbrella under the term “Colloidal Silver.” It’s best to think of as Colloidal Silver as being a type of Silver dietary supplement.
The four basic categories of Silver Dietary Supplements are:
Each category is distinct:
Ideally, I’d recommend choosing a product that has the most benefit and is readily absorbable by the body. Here are a few key points to help you evaluate products and ensure that you are using the safest and most effective product available.
A Positive Charge
Positively-charged Silver ions are bio-active. This means that it is bioavailable and useful. Research has found that positively-charged Silver ions create an unfriendly environment to unwanted microorganisms; while neutral silver metal particles have a “negligible effect”.
A Small particle size and PPM
So what exactly is “ppm,” as applied to colloidal silver. By definition 1 ppm of colloidal silver is one milligram of silver deposited in one liter of water 1 Liter (1,000 ml), It is a measurement of the overall weight of the silver in a liter of water, not the number of silver particles! The actual weight (i.e., ppm) of silver in a colloidal silver solution has very little bearing on its effectiveness. Instead, it is how finely divided the total silver content is, that ultimately determines its effectiveness.
The smaller the silver particles the easier it can be absorbed by the body, and rapidly distributed throughout the body, this means, the particles can easily travel through the body, reaching into the organs and tissues and cells where pathogens colonize. This allows greater potential for releasing beneficial bio-active silver ions into the system. Professional Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol is the most easily absorbed into and excreted from the body. Higher concentrations of total silver with larger particles are not as favorable.
As with all supplements, you should opt for the purest form possible. Professional and medical grade products usually have this, as well as products that meet USP-NF packaging standards. I’d also recommend consuming Colloidal Silver that is manufactured in an NSF-registered GMP facility. These are all very prestigious titles to have; usually Silver dietary supplements meeting such standards have it readily available for consumers to know about it.
The ability for silver nanoparticles to have acute or chronic toxicity has been researched in numerous in vivo studies. Adverse effects have not been observed, even at 6,000X the RfD. Basically, consuming that amount would mean drinking nearly 24 gallons of water, an amount that would be hazardous from the water alone. Also, keep in mind that all literature studies used high purity water, high purity silver materials, and endotoxin-free materials. The presence of other ingredients in formulations or other contaminants can radically impact the safety profile of other colloidal silver products.
Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol has not been reported to cause a single case of argyria– a condition caused by excessive exposure to chemical compounds of the element silver, or to silver dust, causing bluish tinged skin.
Developing argyria happens when silver exposure exceeds a lifetime 10-gram exposure, generally through intense and abrasive dermal contact with silver salts or silver compounds, long-term exposure through inhalation of silver powder, or consumption of extreme amounts, as might be ingested with unregulated, homemade colloidal silver.
When choosing what type of Silver to use for your health, keep an eye out for the following terms.
– “True colloidal silver” is a marketing term. It does not differentiate the product from any other colloidal silver products. It concludes that the solution contains 100% particulates, which are unstable without stabilizing proteins or chemicals. Large particles are usually wasted because the body cannot convert them into bio-active form during the short time they are ingested and eliminated.
-“Pharmaceutical Grade” is a term that has a strict legal definition. It refers to compounds and raw ingredients that have met strict standards for purity and processing conditions. These standards are established by the US Pharmacopoeia (USP).
The manufacturing process and facility used to produce the product must be regularly inspected by the USP to ensure they meet strict standards for quality control. Random samples are taken of the products and tested to ensure that quality control and purity are maintained over time. A pharmaceutical grade supplement is guaranteed to be what it says it is. Even low levels of contamination can cause a human-grade product to be deadly to someone with a severe allergy. Always ask for proof of USP approval from any supplement company claiming their product to be “pharmaceutical grade.” (1)
-“Homemade colloidal silver” is made without the necessary controls to verify its concentration, purity, amount of bio-active silver and particle size. It increases toxicity risks and greatly increases the risk for causing argyric reactions.
-“Ionic silver solutions” don’t essentially contain silver particulates. Silver ions and particulates exist in a complex equilibrium cycle. Their availability can vary with changes made with the presence of light, starches, proteins and synthetic or natural molecules. Ionic silver solutions often have chemical stabilizers added to extend their shelf-life.
-“Silver protein” includes ingredients that compromise purity. They often contain a protein of animal or vegetal origin in order to keep the silver suspended in solution.
-Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol is composed of only 99.999% pure silver and purified water. It meets USP-NF standards for Pharmaceutical Grade Purified Water. It is a mixture of active and effective species of silver – positively charged silver ions and particles of a uniquely small size. With the smallest particles and highest charge ratio, it is the ultimate refinement of colloidal silver.
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