Colloidal silver supplements have recently been making a comeback as an alternative to antibiotics. It was used prior to the widespread use of antibiotics. Colloidal silver is a term used for products made with ionic silver, silver proteins, silver colloids, or ionic silver compounds. There may be potential benefits to taking this as a supplement, but there could also possible drawbacks and side effects.

Colloidal Silver has been used to treat various conditions such as burns, skin infections, and other open sores due to its antiseptic nature. It is also used as a dressing for wounds and as a disinfectant for water in third world countries. Silver nitrate has also been used to treat corns and warts. Dosages usually range from one teaspoon to one tablespoon a day. It is often found in strengths from 10 ppm to 120 ppm. The darker the silver solution, the higher the parts per million. The right dosage will be toxic to certain kinds of parasites, bacteria, viruses, and fungus. It is particularly popular in the fall and winter for use against colds and flu as a nasal spray, capsule, liquids, or lozenges.

Side effects may outweigh the benefits when taken orally. Headaches, kidney damage, seizures, skin problems, fatigue, and stomach distress, have all been linked to taking too much silver. One unfortunate external side effect associated with silver overexposure is Argyria, a condition in which the skin turns blue.

Still, there are some who believe that the antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic effects these supplements outweigh the risks. It may be beneficial for colds and congestion as well as fighting off many other germs. Some believe it to be effective against pathogens that cause bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staph and Strep. It may also improve one’s immune system, help with indigestion, and can even be sprayed after shaving to cool razor burn.

For safety, it may be advisable to purchase colloidal silver from a reputable company, although there are many directions and videos online for making your own. Follow usage directions carefully for best results. Make sure your doctor knows you are taking colloidal silver and why as it is possible it could interfere with other medications.



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