By this time, there is a good chance you’ve heard about the reported health benefits of colloidal silver. Maybe you use it regularly as a supplement, or once in a while to treat a specific condition. You’ve probably also heard about the potential side effects of using colloidal silver, some of which are rather scary.
So, who should we believe? Should we take the word of people who want to sell this product to us, or should we trust the medical community that wants to protect itself from liability by saying that everything is bad for you? Are there actual health benefits to colloidal silver, and if so, do they outweigh the possible dangers?
First, let’s take a look at what colloidal silver is. Then we can examine both sides of this subject.
Colloidal silver products are made of tiny silver particles suspended in a liquid such as water or some gelatinous goo – the same type of precious metal that is used in jewelry, dental fillings, silverware and other consumer goods. They are usually marketed as dietary supplements that are taken by mouth.
These products also come in forms to be injected or applied to the skin. Colloidal silver is indeed silver – or at least a silver residue. A colloid is a particle of some substance, broken down and mixed into or suspended in liquid.
The medical community – including the Mayo Clinic and WebMD.com – has a number of things to say about colloidal silver, and none of them are very complimentary. Among them are:
• It is not an essential mineral supplement.
• It has no known function in the body.
• Its products that are marketed for medical purposes are now considered “misbranded” under the law.
• It is not considered safe or effective for any of the health claims that manufacturers make.
• No sound scientific studies to evaluate health claims made about it have been published in reputable medical journals.
• The Food and Drug Administration has taken action against some manufacturers of colloidal silver products for making unproven health claims.
• It can build up in your body’s tissues over months or years. Most commonly, this results in argyria, a blue-gray discoloration of skin, eyes, internal organs, nails and gums.
• Excessive doses of colloidal silver can cause possibly irreversible serious health problems, including kidney damage and neurological problems such as seizures.
• When taken orally, colloidal silver can also wreak havoc on proteins and make other medicines less effective. For pregnant women, colloidal silver poses risks to the unborn child, as fetal abnormalities may develop due to its use.
Now, those are strong accusations against a product that many other people say has wonderful beneficial properties. In my next blog, I’ll let you know some of the positive things people are saying about colloidal silver, as well as how they go about using it.
In the meantime, what are your thoughts about colloidal silver products? Have you tried them? Have you found them beneficial? Have you experienced any of the negative side effects that some people have reported?