When you think of taking colloidal silver as a supplement, are you concerned about looking like a smurf? Why would you want to take it anyway? Turns out colloidal silver may just have some pretty amazing benefits.
Colloidal Silver Won’t Turn You Blue
Let’s clear this up right now: silver turning a person blue is known as argyria, a very rare condition that is caused by consuming improperly made silver nitrate solutions that contain too many silver particles that are too large in size. Ionic silver or colloidal silver solutions are safe to ingest, and you’re not going to be taking industrial amounts.
Colloidal silver is a liquid suspension of silver atoms in ion-less distilled water that can be highly effective against bacteria, viruses, and fungal organisms, even those that have become resistant to antibiotics. The particles of silver are small enough to penetrate and destroy pathogens, bacteria, fungal spores, parasites, and viruses on a cellular level.
Silver has been used for over three thousand years as an antimicrobial, for infections (internally and topically), for preserving foods and liquids, and medicinally. There are no known side effects of taking colloidal sliver correctly– meaning in small doses and not for extended periods of time. After you take it, 99 percent of the silver leaves the body in twenty-four hours; all is cleared by 48 hours.
The dosage may vary. I recommend this brand and tell people to start with 1 teaspoon twice daily and increase it from there, up to 1 tbsp twice daily. Do not take it longer than 2-3 weeks at a time.
Benefits of Colloidal Silver
- Broad-spectrum antimicrobial capable of killing many pathogens, even those resistant to antibiotics
- Does not encourage resistant microbial strains
- Does not interfere with antibiotics and may actually increase the effectiveness of specific antibiotics
- Spares good bacteria
- Can be used internally and topically
- Non-toxic, even if used multiple times per day for weeks
- No known side effects or contraindications; safe for all individuals
- Immune system support
Uses for Colloidal Silver
- Bacterial infections like the common cold or viruses like the flu: Begin taking colloidal silver as soon as you begin to feel run down and take it til symptoms subside
- You can apply it (spray) topically to burns, skin infections, fungal infections, yeast infections or wounds to speed healing
- Sore throat: as soon as you start to feel that scratchy feeling, gurgle with colloidal silver twice daily (spit it out after you gurgle, but don’t rinse).
- You can use it for ear infections–on animals too! Spray it on wounds or hot spots too.
- Use alongside antibiotics to help clear infection OR if you decide to forego antibiotics, begin taking silver
- Use internally as part of treatment for candida albicans (yeast overgrowth)
- Use internally for h pylori infection, dysbiosis, SIBO or pathogenic bacteria in the digestive tract. I frequently recommend it as part of the anti-parasite protocol I give my clients.
- Use as a preventive if people around you are sick and you want to remain healthy
- Can be used to combat MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus): a staph infection that can be fatal and is now resistant to antibiotics.
Mary Vance is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and author specializing in digestive health. She combines a science-based approach with natural therapies to rebalance the body. In addition to her 1:1 coaching, she offers courses to help you heal your gut and improve your health. Mary lives in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe in Northern California. Read more about her coaching practice here and her background here.
interesting to hear your views on this – it came up in my research of late and I wasn’t sure whether it was a ‘legit’ protocol, I may check it out!
I would like you to know that I have a friend who took colloidal silver and she DID turn blue. She is blue. Like a blueberry. It is amazing and I had never heard of this until it happened to her, and it was from takiing colloidal silver. Please be aware that it was not just a one time thing that happened in the man in the news.
it is of course possible if used incorrectly or indefinitely.
The “man in blue” that Leanne mentioned 1) made his own silver at home (which means the silver particles were likely not very small as is common with high-grade over-the-counter products), and 2) he used it daily (not periodically), thus inviting the symptoms of blue skin. I watched the program about him and he actually stated that, as far as he was concerned, he would continue to take it because (to him) the health benefits outweighed his concerns over having blue skin… So, the point is, he is an anomaly. The average person who takes a quality product AS PRESCRIBED will experience no problems whatsoever. My family has been using silver for years and have only experienced positive results. We ALWAYS keep a bottle in the medicine cabinet and use it whenever sickness comes on or for cuts and scrapes. The brand we use is called “Natural Immunogenics Sovereign Silver® Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol”.
It does not discriminate between “good” or “bad” bacteria, in other words, it does not “spare” good bacteria. The effectiveness of colloidal silver has to do with the way it weakens the outer wall of the bacterial or virus wall, allowing your immune system to destroy the bacteria or virus. As with any anti-bacterial product, probiotics should be taken during/after the use of it. For this reason, it should only be consumed as needed, not daily.
I’ve been using colloidal silver for over 25 years and I’m still not blue.
I like Advanced Silver Company best, but any 10ppm will work.
I have been using ionic silver made by sovereign silver, for a month.
I am a Crohn’s disease patient and in order to avoid a complicated surgery for removing a stricture in my large intestine i wanted to give it a try even if my logic said its not normal to take something like that.
Someone said it helped him open his strictures so that is how i found myself curious about trying it.
Besides typical Crohn’s disease i have also inflammation in my liver that is caused by Crohn’s disease and began after my first surgery.
So right away after starting using CS, i started to feel bad but i thought its cause of Herxheimer Reaction that is said to happen cause of the usage of CS.
So i kept taking it everyday until month after that i felt so weak and my liver had strong inflammation that i had to stop taking it.
Now after my blood tests shows an elevation in liver enzymes, all i have is to hope it will pass otherwise i have put myself into deep troubles cause of CS.
I wish only if there was a way to detox my liver from that stuff.
And they say that CS is excreted easily from the body cause of its nano size.
I personally have a close friend that has turned blue! It’s not rare! He has been blue for years now and he still swears by colloidal silver. Mad I say! I think if your skin turns blue you have obviously overdone it and it surely can’t be good for you.
Natalie, it is rare, but it can happen.
Hi, can this use for flu or cold? Please advice. TQ.
Yes Gary, for either/both.
Hi Mary. Thank you for your article. I have a question – I have fungal sinusitis, and am wanting to use colloidal silver as a sinus wash. Do you believe this could be helpful?
Skullbleu, couldn’t hurt. I also recommend the BioCidin throat spray for fungal issues, esp ear-nose-throat.
Hello Mary. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my query. I will try the BioCidin throat spray. Cheers!
I have a friend that turned blue from over use of silver. Is there any way to reverse these silver particles from indefinitely staying in the skin? I’ve read several articles and haven’t read anything helpful just yet.
Sweet-looking canine friend!
Do you have a preferred colloidal brand and ppm ideal? And, do you have a solution for a spray or netti pot elixir for stubborn sinusitis? Many thanks…BWoods
Hi Bruce, I link to my recommended brand in the post (where it says ‘I recommend this brand,’ just click the link). For the neti pot, I use nasal salts and warm water.
Will colloidal silver spray turn you blue?
Teegan, have not heard any reports of such.
The so called “blue man” used what would be my lifetime of use, in 3 years, Homemade with large particles that cannot be expelled by the body. So it accumulates.
Forgetting the fact that ibuprofen readily kills those who use is it in less than prescribed amounts with heart attack, I wonder how many here would make their own ibuprofen ?
The blue man hype is disinformation use to frighten people into ignoring reasonable alternatives to what the profit horrors are selling.
I have been using silver for over 15 years now. I use “Sovereign silver” , as it is the smallest particle size and professionally made.
Kills fungus, virus and bacteria. harmless to healthy cells. I only take it internally as needed. I do not need it on a daily basis, and most people do not. It works great when the flu is about. As a preventative, and a treatment if you forget the preventative.
Here is a calculator so you can see how much silver you can use on a daily basis, short term basis, and life time of use. It is based on EPA data.
Remember, profit is a BIAS.
“”It does not discriminate between “good” or “bad” bacteria, in other words, it does not “spare” good bacteria.””
““The question is, ‘how can silver destroy bad bacteria and yet selectively spare the good bacteria?’
In other words, why does it kill pathogens like strep and staph and pseudomonas and yeast, yet, it doesn’t kill our good intestinal flora.
Here’s why: if this is my silver, and it’s in a crystalline complex or a structure, this structured silver is significant because it’s going to steal one electron. And we talked about that in an earlier video. So what happens if I steal an electron from this bacteria is that that actually ruptures and the contents pour out; the bacteria dies. Because this membrane is one electron thick, it’s easy to steal one electron, rupture it like a water balloon, and it just gushes out, the immune system cleans it all up.
Now, healthy bacteria is different. When you talk about healthy bacteria, we talk about bacterial classifications or nomenclature. What that means is, is that a bacteria is labeled by a genus, or its genetic makeup, and then its species. So we have lactobacillus and then acidophilus, that would be a good healthy bacteria.
The genetic label, lactobacillus, all bacteria labeled lactobacillus, are labeled because they secrete a milkfat around themselves to protect themselves. So from their inner lining, they secrete, like an excretion coating themselves, so what you’ve got is like an M&M, here is the soft milk chocolate, and an extra coating around it to protect it from the acid that’s in your stomach. You see, these are healthy, and they lie in your intestines and they need to have protection from the acids of your stomach. They have learned to do so, evolved or created to be such, by making this milkfat go around them.
Silver is water-soluble. Water and fats don’t mix. They separate. Now, a bacteria with only one layer of electrons around it, easily loses an electron and dies, but, the good, healthy bacteria are genetically different with a second coating. And any water, or any silver, that comes in contact with it will not penetrate the fat.
The fat layer is a barrier to silver penetrating it. It’s that simple.
The same thing can be said about every cell in your body if it’s healthy. All of our healthy cells are made of a lipid bi-layer. Lipid meaning fat, bi-layer meaning two. So every cell in your body doesn’t just have one layer, it has two, and they’re made of fats so water doesn’t penetrate.
The simple answer to why silver liquids and gels don’t kill good, healthy bacteria, is because they can’t penetrate a double fat layer because they’re water-soluble, but easily steal electrons that are only one electron thick, in the unhealthy, pathogenic bacteria.””
Dr. Pedersen holds four doctor’s degrees. He has a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. He has a Ph.D. from the Toxicology program at Utah State University, where he also has Ph.D. degrees in Immunology and Biology. He is Board Certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and also holds a Masters degree in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness. He performed an internship with Jonas Salk, the American medical researcher noted for the discovery and development of the polio vaccine. He has formulated over 150 products, was a Bronze medalist in the 2003 Utah Winter Games, and is a Best Selling Author.
Gordon has spent countless hours reviewing silver information and is frequently called upon as the world’s leading authority on silver as a health tool. He is a Distinguished Speaker for Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA) and has worked with several National and International governmental organizations on the topic of silver. He has volunteered and personally funded efforts to bring silver’s benefits into Africa’s poorest communities with dramatic results on malaria.
I’d very much like to use silver ions to treat my daughter’s severe acne, but with all the talk of Argyria, I’m reluctant to do so. Is there really any risk of me turning my beautiful little girl’s face blue if I allow her to apply an ionic silver solution to her face with a cotton pad?
Hi Thomas, you can use it topically just fine.
I have chronic BV and have had multiple amounts of antibiotics and tried everything and nothing has cleared it… Do you think this is safe to take 3 drops at 10ppm in my water daily for one week? I’m trying to break down the biofilm
I’m so nervous of turning blue after all of the scares around it…
Paula: Yes, it could be useful for BV. Just follow dosing directions on label.
The complaints against colloidal silver mentioned above I’ ve never seen before. Ask for proof next time or assume it’s a paid for pharmaceutical troll.
Hey commentators , No proof? I don’t believe you unless it’s an RCT study with pictures. If you’re Shilling lies you won’t get away with it . You will face judgment.
I believe the brand you recommend is NOT colloidal silver. Instead, it is ionic silver.