If you weren’t aware, silver has been known throughout history as nature’s antibiotic and lately it’s become a popular alternative therapy to common health problems like infections or the cold.
Most health food stores and pharmacies have many different brands of colloidal silver, which is effective and has numerous benefits, but unfortunately most of the information and claims out there is confusing or misleading.
Searching the web, you’ll find thousands of personal testimonials from people who claim colloidal silver has helped them with almost every disease known to man. There’s also conflicting information that warns consumers that colloidal silver may have health and safety concerns. (1) These sources are usually quoting a statement made by the FDA regarding that there is no scientific data to support the use of colloidal silver, made in 1999. (2)
With all this confusing information it’s difficult to know who to trust, which is why I’m here to lend a helping hand. I’m going to share with you the facts and evidence, to help you make the most informed decision about silver’s uses and potential benefits.
What Are The Benefits of Silver?
Richard Davies and Samuel Etris of the Silver Institute, wrote a report in which they stated there are 3 big ways that colloidal silver can help heal the body: (3)
- Catalytic Oxidation to Kill Bugs: “Silver, in it’s atomic state, has the capacity to absorb oxygen and act as a catalyst to bring about oxidation... blocking respiration and causing the bacteria to expire.” (3)
- Binding with DNA: “Studies by C.L. Fox and S.M. Modak with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a tenacious bacteria that is difficult to treat, demonstrated that as much as 12% of silver is taken up by the organism's DNA. While it remains unclear exactly how the silver binds to the DNA without destroying the hydrogen bonds holding the lattice together, it nevertheless prevents the DNA from unwinding, an essential step for cellular replication to occur.” (3)
- Reaction with Bacterial Cell Membranes: “There is evidence that silver ions attach to membrane surface radicals of bacteria, impairing cell respiration and blocking its energy transfer system.” (3)
7 Amazing Silver Health Benefits
Silver benefits and supports the body in so many ways, including almost unlimited medical uses but the key component is it’s direct effect on cellular respiration. Here’s a list of 7 studied healing properties of Silver supported by medical research.
Antimicrobial and Antibacterial
Silver has been shown to control antibiotic-resistant superbugs. The UCLA School of Medicine conducted medical tests on colloidal silver. What they found was amazing! Larry C. Ford, MD, documented over 650 different pathogens that were shattered in minutes when exposed to silver. These pathogens included; bacteria, fungi, parasites, and molds that have the potential to sprout disease. “At the same time the tests established that colloidal silver has no known side effects.” (4)
Another awesome benefit of silver is that, unlike prescription antibiotics, it doesn’t create resistance or immunity in the organisms it targets and kills. This is extremely important because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that upward of 2 million people in the U.S. suffer illness every year because of antibiotic resistant infections and 23,000 of those die from the antibiotic resistant infections. (5)
Skin and Wound Care
According to Robert O. Becker, MD, who is accredited with over 30 years of medical research, discovered that silver "profoundly stimulates healing in skin and other soft tissues in a way unlike any known natural process." (6)
Silver’s benefits include many skin conditions like ringworm, psoriasis, and eczema. It’s very soothing to cuts and scrapes and can even help heal burns.
Silver can be applied topically to the skin and historically was used on burns but once antibiotics were developed, it’s use declined and it was almost forgotten but it’s healing properties have not. “The beneficial effects of silver in reducing or preventing infection have been seen in the topical treatment of burns and chronic wounds and in its use as a coating for many medical devices.” (7)
Dr. Martin Hum, from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, lists silver as one natural remedy to shatter and stop viruses, like pneumonia, herpes, shingles, and warts on impact. The silver chokes the virus stopping it from utilizing oxygen, and then kills it. (8)
Silver is also an effective anti-inflammatory remedy. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted a study on the effects of inflammation on the skin of pigs and found that “...data showed that nanocrystalline silver-treated pigs had near-normal skin after 72 hours, while other treatment groups remained inflamed.” (9)
Today’s research is now starting to uphold what history has been saying and doing for years- that silver can increase healing, activate cell recovery and even decrease inflammation!
According to the International Forum for Allergy and Rhinology, silver can be used as a nasal spray to control sinus infections. “After using this solution as a nasal spray, the symptoms of a previously recalcitrant Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus)-infected chronic rhinosinusitis patient were observed to have improved markedly.”. (10)
Another study published in Frontiers in Microbiology, concluded that colloidal silver twice daily as a nasal spray for 10 days is safe and efficient for patients with chronic sinusitis. (11)
This study was conducted because chronic rhinosinusitis was developing difficult to treat drug resistant bacteria which couldn’t be killed. The study included twenty-two patients, which were given oral antibiotics or colloidal silver nasal rinses two times a day. The data indicated that both treatments showed improvements in symptoms. (11)
It’s also interesting to explore the fact that some research indicates that presence of stealth pathogens could be associated with common allergies and even asthma.
In 2011, the National Institute of Health tested 100 children under the age of 12, who were battling the common cold and nasal congestion and divided them into two groups. The first group was given colloidal silver and beta glucan, the second group was given a saline solution. Both groups improved however they discovered, “At the end of treatment, 90% of subjects in group 1 resulted completely recovered.”. (12)
In today’s modern world of medicine antibiotics are usually the first line of defense, but when pneumonia is viral, they can’t do anything. Silver’s anti-viral properties have been shown to work on almost every pathogen.
Silver is a breakthrough in fighting bronchitis, and pneumonia when taken orally, or when vaporized into the lungs. That’s right not only can you take internally but you can also breathe it’s vapors into your lungs. A great way to get silver into your lungs is by adding it to a nebulizer. This way the silver gets in contact with the germs living in the lungs.
What Is Silver And What Type Is Best?
The Phoenicians and Greeks knew that storing water and oils in silver containers preserved the liquids. For the same reason drinking from a silver cup was healthier than drinking from a ceramic, glass or copper cup. Hippocrates, considered by many to be the father of medicine practices, ground silver into powder and drank it with his water. Also, during ancient times we see the use of silver spoons and silver coins in milk to preserve it and keep it clean.
Silver has been used throughout history to stop the spread of disease and was considered nature’s antibiotic up until 1940, when antibiotics were introduced.
Today silver is available in so many forms, with so many labels it can be really confusing and it’s difficult to determine who to trust. Most forms are available as a liquid solution.
To make it easy, there are basically three types of silver products on the market.
It's important to understand that the active compound in silver that shatters and destroys pathogens like, viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, and molds is the silver ions. Ionic silver is far superior to colloidal silver in delivering silver ions to the body because it’s specifically designed to deliver those ions to the body in a highly efficient manner, carrying them and then releasing them into the body efficiently. The molecular structures and equilibrium constant is what really matters – and that's where ionic silver blows all other silver products away.
Colloidal silver can still deliver silver ions to the body, but it’s very inefficient, meaning you have to take much more. Only a tiny portion of the silver in colloidal silver is ionic, and to make things worse only a small amount of that is delivered to the body.
Colloidal silver is usually made by using a hundred-year-old process known as electrolysis. This process involves placing two metal rods, in which at least one rod is made of silver, into a vat of water and then conducting electricity into the water. During the process tiny parts of the silver rod break off into the water and that’s how the majority of colloidal silvers are made.
Silver protein products contain silver particles attached to gelatin. This is generally made by adding silver protein powder to water. This is often marketed as colloidal silver as well. Silver protein is less effective and you won’t experience the true potential of delivering silver ions directly to the body for utilization.
Silver Side Effects
Silver is a natural mineral that's present in most of our food and even more so in our drinking water – especially in our drinking water (unless of course it's purified water from which the minerals have been removed).
Over 80% of the silver that was in our diets has been lost in the recent decades. The maximum recommended daily amount of an ionic silver like Silver 100 is barely more than the amount of silver that was in the average American daily diet until as recently as about 85 years ago, before the severe depletion of minerals in our food and water that occurred due to the demineralization of our soil and modern agricultural practices.
The National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health warns that colloidal silver may cause the poor absorption of some drugs, but there’s almost no reliable research proving there’s side effects to silver use.
The big concern from excessive silver consumption is a harmless but irreversible skin discoloration called argyria. The few cases of argyria that exist are the result of extremely irresponsible practices and complete misuse of products similar to colloidal silver.
- Can be applied directly to the skin on a wound or sore
- Taken orally for immune support
- Dropped directly into the eyes for pink eye
- May also be injected into the bloodstream
- Can be sprayed into the nose
- Vaporized in a nebulizer