That truly depends on who you ask. Holistic therapists will tell you that colloidal silver can cure a host of diseases from cancer and diabetes to arthritis, HIV/AIDS, herpes and even tuberculosis.
The medical community, along with the US Federal Drug Association and Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, agree those claims are unfounded and that colloidal silver has no place in the human body.
So let’s start somewhere in the middle to sort this out.
Colloidal silver is a liquid usually taken orally, but is also available other forms. The liquid consists of silver particles suspended in (usually) demineralized water that also contains silver salts. This formula of antibiotic was used by physicians in the early 1900s, but was discontinued in the 1940s when modern (and safer) antibiotics were developed.
How does colloidal silver work? While scientists do not know exactly, it is thought that the silver attaches to proteins on cell walls of bacteria, damaging them. This then allows the silver icons to pass through the cells and kill them. It is believed that the strength of the colloidal solution, as well as the size and shape of the silver particles, plays a part in its effectiveness.
What are the side effects of colloidal silver? One of the most notorious side effects of taking colloidal silver is the risk of gray or bluish-toned skin. The chronic use of colloidal silver with exposure to sunlight can create the irreversible condition known as argyria.
Although the toxicity of silver to humans is considered low, doctors and health organizations say that humans have no biological use for silver and when taken (injected, inhaled, consumed orally or rubbed on skin as a topical ointment), the silver accumulates in the body, and in particular, in the skin.
Other concerns with colloidal silver is that it can interfere with prescription medications by reducing absorption and result in kidney damage and seizures.
How long does colloidal silver stay in the body? Colloidal silver accumulates in the body over time and is what’s responsible for the condition of argyria, a skin discoloration that does not disappear when you stop taking colloidal silver.