Wednesday, October 10, 2018

What is Colloidal Silver, Safety and Side Effects of Colloidal Silver | The Ultimate Beginner's Guide - Health and Fitness City

 

What is Colloidal Silver?

Colloidal silver is a mineral. Despite promoters' claims, silver has no known function in the body and is not an essential mineral supplement.
Colloidal silver products were once available as over-the-counter drug products. In 1999 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that these colloidal silver products were not considered safe or effective. Colloidal silver products marketed for medical purposes or promoted for unproven uses are now considered "misbranded" under the law without appropriate FDA approval as a new drug. There are currently no FDA-approved over-the-counter or prescription drugs containing silver that are taken by mouth. However, there are still colloidal silver products being sold as homeopathic remedies and dietary supplements.

There are many Internet ads for the parts of a generator that produces colloidal silver at home. People who produce colloidal silver at home will likely not be able to evaluate their product for purity or strength. There are many products that are far safer and more effective than colloidal silver.

Despite these concerns about safety and effectiveness, people still buy colloidal silver as a dietary supplement and use it for a wide range of ailments.

People are using colloidal silver for conditions such as infections, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and many others, but there is no scientific evidence to support these uses. Using colloidal silver can also be unsafe.


Safety and Side Effects

You’re environmentally exposed to extremely small amounts of silver every day.

It’s present in very tiny amounts in drinking water, the food supply and even the air you breathe.

As a compound, the silver found in the environment is thought to be quite safe.

However, the environmental and health risks of silver nanoparticles are not well understood, and ingesting colloidal silver is considered unsafe.

The biggest risk associated with chronic exposure to colloidal silver is argyria.

Argyria is a condition that turns the skin a blue-gray color due to a buildup of silver metal particles in the body and skin. Silver deposits can also occur in the intestines, liver, kidneys and other organs.

You are most at risk of developing argyria if you’re taking a silver-containing food supplement or work in a job that exposes you to large amounts of silver.

It’s thought that to develop argyria, you would have had to ingest silver compounds over a long period of time. However, the exact amounts and time frame that would put you at risk aren’t known.

The real risks of ingesting nanoparticles, which may be present in colloidal silver products, are also unknown.

However, given that these particles may more easily pass into your cells and possibly cross the blood-brain barrier, they are considered a probable health risk.

Applying colloidal silver to your skin is considered less risky than ingesting it. However, if the solution contains very small nanoparticles, you may absorb these through your skin.

What’s more, if you use it frequently on an open wound, you may experience localized argyria due to a buildup of silver in the surrounding tissue.

There is also the potential for silver allergy, although this is considered rare.


SUMMARY

Ingesting colloidal silver puts you at risk of developing a condition called argyria. Ingesting silver nanoparticles, which may be present in colloidal silver solutions, is also considered to be risky.


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