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8 Proven Colloidal Silver Benefits, Uses & Side Effects

If you haven’t heard of colloidal silver, you will soon enough if you’re on the lookout for alternative therapies to common health issues, such as a sinus infection or a cold.

Most health food stores and pharmacies stock several brands of colloidal silver, and, of course, you can find a find a vast amount of information about colloidal silver benefits on the Internet. Unfortunately, the information out there is confusing as many sources have conflicting opinions.

On one hand, you’ll run across thousands of personal testimonials about colloidal silver helping people with practically every disease you’ve heard about. You will also stumble upon some well-known health sites that warn consumers about safety concerns. (1) Usually, these sources quote a statement made by the FDA in 1999 claiming that there is no scientific evidence to support the use of colloidal silver. (2)

This type of information can confuse even the most savvy natural health enthusiast, which is why I want to lend a helping hand and provide some evidenced-based information to help you make an informed choice.

How Colloidal Silver Benefits Work 

According to a report written by Richard Davies and Samuel Etris of The Silver Institute in a 1996, there are three primary ways that colloidal silver can help heal the body: (3)

  1. Catalytic Oxidation: Silver naturally holds onto oxygen molecules, which readily react with the sulfhydral (H) groups that surround bacterial and viruses. In turn, this helps block the life-preserving cellular process known as cellular respiration, which is defined as “the set of metabolic reactions and processes that take place in the cells of organisms to convert biochemical energy from nutrients into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and then release waste products.” (4)
  2. Reaction with Bacterial Cell Membranes: Silver ions can attach to bacteria cell membranes directly and produce the same respiration-blocking effect.
  3. Binding with DNA: Shown to literally enter bacteria DNA, up to 12% of silver has been detected in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. According to one source, “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.” (5)

Top 8 Proven Colloidal Silver Benefits 

By having a direct effect on cellular respiration, colloidal silver benefits the body in numerous ways. There are, however, eight proven healing properties that I consider to be particularly supported by the medical literature.

1. Antibacterial

First, colloidal silver’s ability to control antibiotic-resistant superbugs is astonishing. While employed at UCLA Medical School in the 1980s, Larry C. Ford, MD, documented over 650 different disease-causing pathogens that were destroyed in minutes when exposed to small amounts of silver. (6)

Colloidal silver, unlike its modern prescription antibiotic counterpart, simply doesn’t create resistance or immunity in the organisms that are killed by it. This point cannot be emphasized enough, especially in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reporting that more than 2 million people in the U.S. suffer illness every year as a result of antibiotic-resistant infections and 23,000 die from these infections. (7)

2. Wound Care/Skin Health

Robert O. Becker, MD, says that colloidal silver stimulates healing in the skin and other soft tissues. (8) In a research article produced by Pharmacognosy Communications in 2012, it was specifically recommended that certain colloidal silver preparations should be considered for topical use to treat burns, thrush, periodontitis and other conditions. (9)

For instance, you can treat ringworm (Tinea capitis) at home with colloidal silver because it’s a potent anti-fungal. Caused by a fungus that lives on the top layer of the skin, ringworm presents as round, scaly patches. It’s contagious and spread by skin contact and by contaminated materials, such as clothing.

Colloidal silver benefits many skins conditions such as psoriasis and eczema as well. It’s soothing to scrapes and even repairs tissue damage from burns.

3. Pink Eye/Ear Infections

Pink eye is an inflamed mucous membrane that covers the eyeball and eyelid lining, and it’s primarily caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Colloidal silver can be used for prompt action against this irritating and highly infectious virus and bacteria.

When applied on the infected eye, the tiny silver colloids pick up the infected cells by attracting them electromagnetically and sending them into the bloodstream to be eliminated.

Our modern prescription antibiotic drugs are designed to work against specific classes of bacteria, but ear infections may be caused by multiple classes of bacteria or can even be fungal.

In this case, the prescription antibiotic will be useless, whereas colloidal silver is effective regardless of what may be causing your infection.

4. Antiviral

Colloidal silver benefits can be experienced as an anti-viral for HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, herpes, shingles and warts. Dr. Martin Hum, from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, lists colloidal silver as one of the natural remedies to stop viruses fast. (10)

Colloidal silver suffocates the virus and can even reduce the activity of the HIV virus in AIDS patients. There are also numerous anecdotal accounts of colloidal silver’s efficacy against the hepatitis C virus.

5. Anti-Inflammatory

Colloidal silver is also a fantastic anti-inflammatory remedy. Case in point: Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) studied the effects of inflammation after being treated by colloidal silver; they found that the inflamed skin of pigs treated with silver experienced near-normal skin after 72 hours, while other treatment groups not treated with silver remained inflamed. (11)

Research is beginning to reflect what many people have already known anecdotally for years — that colloidal silver can reduce swelling, speed healing, and boosts cell recovery!

6. Sinusitis

Widely used to control sinus infections, colloidal silver can benefit people as a nasal spray, according to a study published in the International Forum for Allergy and Rhinology last year. (14)

Specifically shown to kill Staph aureus, you can add a few drops of silver in a “neti pot” or by applying directly into your nasal cavity and letting it drain down your throat by tilting your head back.

Also, it’s important to point out that recent research indicates that hidden infections by pathogens could be a cause of respiratory inflammation associated with common allergies and asthma. Colloidal silver destroys Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections, which may be the reason why airborne allergy sufferers often find such dramatic relief from colloidal silver.

7. Cold/Flu

Some claim that colloidal silver helps prevent all types of flu, including swine flu, as well as the common cold. (15)

Few studies have been done to test this clinically, but in 2011 the NIH took 100 children under the age of 12 suffering from the common cold and nasal congestion and assigned them into two groups; the first group was treated with a solution of colloidal silver and beta glucan, and the second group with saline solution. Even though both groups benefited from the treatment, 90% of the people in the colloidal silver group completely recovered! (16)

8. Pneumonia

Our modern drugs have become limited in their efficacy when it comes to fighting bronchitis or pneumonia. Typically, antibiotics are administered as the first line of defense, but when the pneumonia is viral, antibiotics won’t help in the least. The nice thing about colloidal silver is that it can help regardless of the pathogen.

Colloidal silver is a remarkable product to help fight against bronchitis and pneumonia when ingested internally, but an even more effective way to utilize it? Simply breathe it into your lungs.

This way, the silver directly contacts the germs residing in the lungs, which are causing bronchitis or pneumonia. It’s basically the same thing as using respiratory support, and it works speedily, clearing it up within a couple of days.

Now, the most effective method to get the colloidal silver into the lungs is to use a nebulizer. Generally, use one teaspoon approximately three times a day for 10 to 15 minutes.

What is Colloidal Silver?

Before the invention of the refrigerator, it was common practice to drop a silver coin into a container of milk as a preservative because silver was known to prevent the growth of algae, bacteria and other undesirable organisms.

Dating back to ancient times, silver was also a popular remedy to stop the spread of diseases. Its use as a natural antibiotic continued all the way until the 1940s, when modern antibiotics arrived.

Today, obviously, people don’t need to drop silver coins into their water to experience colloidal silver benefits! All you need to do is carefully take a few drops from a bottle that you buy at the store, which is:

A solution of water containing nanometre sized particles of suspended silver. The total silver content is expressed as milligrams of silver per litre (mg/L) of water which is numerically the same as parts per million (ppm). The total silver content is divided into two forms of silver: ionic silver and silver particles. (3)

There are basically three types of products that are marketed as “colloidal silver” and these can be categorized as:

  • Ionic silver solutions
  • Silver protein
  • True colloidal silver

Ionic silver – 

Ionic silver solutions are products whose silver content primarily consists of silver ions. Although ionic silver is often marketed as colloidal silver, it’s not true colloidal silver. Because it’s the least expensive to produce, ionic silver is the most popular product in this category. The problem? It simply won’t produce the same benefits that true colloidal silver can.

Silver Protein – 

In order to keep large silver particles suspended, silver protein-based products add gelatin. Silver protein is the second-most popular type of colloidal silver product on the market and can easily be made by adding water to silver protein powder. Again, it’s also often marketed and labeled as colloidal silver, but should not be confused for the real thing. Silver protein is less effective for human use, and you won’t experience the true colloidal silver benefits.

True Colloidal Silver – 

Lastly, true silver colloids don’t contain any protein or other additives, as the vast majority of the silver content consists of nanometre-sized silver particles. (4)

Colloidal Silver Side Effects

Although the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health reports that colloidal silver may cause poor absorption of some drugs, there is limited research proving that side effects to colloidal silver use even exist. (17)

Nonetheless, you may come across many warnings about it causing an irreversible condition called argyria (when people turn blue). However, this is caused by misuse not of true colloidal silver, but through other cheaper products marketed as colloidal silver, such as ionic silver or silver protein.

One point to consider is that, because colloidal silver is such a potent antibacterial agent, you should be sure to supplement with probiotics during use to be sure that you maintain a proper balance of microflora.

Colloidal Dosage & Use

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Colloidal silver needs to be applied differently for each condition. To experience colloidal silver benefits, it may be taken as follows, always keeping in mind to never use it for more than 14 days in a row.

  • 2-5 drops applied directly to the skin
  • 1 eyedropper taken orally for immune support
  • 1-2 drops into eyes for pink eye
  • 1-2 drops can help disinfect any wound or sore by applying onto a Band-Aid
  • If prepared properly, it can be injected into a muscle, a cancerous tumor, or into the bloodstream
  • 5 drops added into a neti pot or directly sprayed into the nose
  • 5-10 drops can be applied vaginally or anally (18)


Silver Use by Doctors, Hospitals, and Medical Clinics

There is a great deal of information available on the web concerning the "pre-FDA" uses of silver by practicing medical doctors. While it is certainly true that silver was considered a powerful medicine before the advent of antibiotics, this section endevours to focus on the present day medical applications of silver, and current news regarding developments. The sections below delve into the practing and research world of modern medical science, and clearly demonstrate that the prevelant belief that silver is simply a snake-oil cure peddled by unscrupulous scam artists is: Simply not true!

Practicing Physicians:
Silver Use By MD's and other Medical Professionals

Dr. Robert O. Becker - Researching Medical Doctor

Dr. Robert O. Becker, a researching orthopedic medical doctor, was one of the early pioneers of silver experimentation for medical applications. Dr. Becker re-discovered the broad-spectrum antibacterial properties of silver, and clinically demonstrated both the tissue healing properties of silver ions and the antimicrobial properties of silver. By surgically inserting silver electrodes, and applying a small amount of electrical current, Dr. Becker proved his famous "current of injury" theory and demonstrated the incredible healing properties of silver by successfully mending infected non-union bone fractures.

Dr. Becker's in-vitro experimentation testing silver ions against cancer cells and subsequent observations documenting beneficial morphogenic changes to living cells has paved the way to the eventual "discovery" of advanced medical technologies involving silver iontophoresis and possibly even human regeneration.

Dr. Becker has never condoned the use of any colloidal silver products in the human body.

Dr. Becker's Research:

Read "The Body Electric" & "Cross Currents" - Robert O. Becker
View our research summary article: Dr. Robert O. Becker
View our follow-up Article: Silver Iontophoresis: Silver Ion Delivery

Published Journal Abstracts:

Induced Cell Differentiation: 2002
Silver Anode Treatment of Chronic Osteomyelitis: 1981
Silver Polymethyl Methacrylate Antibacterial Bone Cement: 1979
Treatment of Orthopaedic Infections with Electrically Generated Silver Ions: 1978

Dr. Becker Robert O. Quote, The Body Electric:

"...We were overjoyed to see that the silver hadn't corroded and the wound looked great. Carefully I took a bacterial culture and applied a new silver nylon dressing...
" then all of our bacterial cultures were sterile -- all five kinds had been killed. The soft healing tissue, called granulation tissue, was spreading out and covering the bone. In two weeks, the whole base of the wound, which had over eight square inches of raw bone, was covered with this friendly pink carpet. The skin was beginning to grow in, too, so we could forget about the grafts we thought we'd need to do...
"By mid-1978 we'd successfully treated fourteen osteomyelitis patients with the positive silver mesh wire..."

Dr. Bart Flick, M.D.

Dr. Bart Flick of Argentum Medical LLC, another early pioneer in silver medical research, invented FDA approved Silverlon wound contact dressing ( see our section on Silver Medical Products ). Dr. Flick, as a practicing medical doctor, has been involved with over 300 wound treatment cases utilizing silver nylon as a wound dressing, with conditions ranging from chemical burns, to post operative wounds, to brown recluse spider bites, and even diabetic ulcers.

Dr. Bart Flick Quote:

"The antimicrobial activity of silver rests upon the interaction of silver with the bacteria's cellular membrane. This interaction can occur through the presence of a silver ion in solution or the release of silver in an ionic moiety directly from the surface of metalic silver when a bacterial cell membrane comes in direct contact with the metallic surface."

More Information from Dr. Flick:

Read the Silver Ion Silverlon Commentary
Visit Dr. Flick's Argentum Medical LLC Silver Wound Care Dressing Website

Dr. Michael C. Biamonte D.N., CCN

Michael C. Biamonte, of the Biomante Center for Clinical Nutrition, a certified clinical nutritionist and Naturopath, is a nutritional practitioner and has been involved in clinical research since the 1980's.

The Biomante Center for Clinical Nutrition has been involved in researching nutritional protocols for HIV and AIDS sufferers, among other chronic illnesses.

Michael Biamonte Quote:

"...At this point I went back to the drawing board. I remained level headed enough to see that while Dr. Clark's program may not be making people HIV negative, it still was helping people a great deal, so there were things right about it and truth to be had in it..."

"...The researcher mentioned that he had tested silver against HIV in a test tube and it had killed it. I then had the idea to try silver on these HIV patients and monitor them with the viral load tests. I was careful to only use silver that had been tested by independent labs and had its effectiveness verified. In addition to the silver, I gave them some other supportive factors. After 6 months of working on this protocol, it was completed..."

[ please note that colloidal silver was not the only substance used ]

"...After an average of 8 months to 1 year on this program, 90% of the patients are reporting that their viral load tests are scoring less than 400 copies, which in English means the HIV virus is no longer detectable..."

More Information on Michael Biomante:

Read the Full Article: A New Approach to HIV

Dr. Eric J. Rentz, D.O.

Dr. Rentz holds a Masters of Arts in Organic Chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa and graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has served as Chairman of the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department of Nova Southeastern University, and is one of less than 1,000 doctors nationwide to attain full Board Certification in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

"I am involved in on-going research in the use of silver hydrosols for different clinical conditions. I have a book on this subject coming out this year.

In dealing with such defiant immune challenges, physicians are confronted with increasing numbers of new bacterial and viral mutations. The Institute of Medicine, under the National Academy of Sciences, estimates that the annual cost associated with these new infectious situations may be as high as $30 Billion. With the recent SARS outbreak, the cost to China alone last year has already been $70 Billion. "

Dr. Rentz' Research:

New Book on Silver Hydrosols: Colloidal and Silver Hydrosols
Dr Rentz' Website:

Dr. Issam I. Raad, MD - The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health: Internal Medicine

Dr. Issam Raad focuses on research specializing in device-related infections, molecular microbiology in evaluating the epidemiology of multidrug-resistant bacterial and fungal infections and in diagnosing invasive fungal infections, and the evaluation of novel antimicrobial agents in the prevention and treatment of cancer-related infections.

Dr. Raad Quote:

"...A novel antiseptic silver iontophoretic catheter that produces silver ions over long periods has also been developed. The ions are generated by a low electrical current produced by a double helical wire structure around the catheter subcutaneous segment. This catheter has been shown to be efficacious in vitro and in vivo in preventing catheter colonization. This technology is remarkable because, unlike catheters coated with antimicrobial agents, it offers long-term protection and less potential for development of resistant organisms..."

More Information on Dr. Raad:

University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Abstract on Silver Iontophoresis: Silver iontophoretic catheter: a prototype of a long-term antiinfective vascular access device.

Antelman MS. - Methods of using electron active compounds for managing cancer

Thirty Central American female patients diagnosed with breast cancer, age 32 to 52, were treated with with Ag404 ( Injectable Tetrasil ). This polyvalent silver oxide, also known as tetrasilver textroxide, was administered intravenously to achieve a blood plasma concentration of 10PPM.

After 30 days following the initial injections, all 30 individuals tested negative for cancer.


Dr. Eileen M. Wright , M.D., F.A.C.E.P - Great Smokies Medical Center, Asheville NC

Doctor Eileen M. Wright graduated from The University of South Florida College of Medicine in 1975, and served for two years in General Surgery in the US Navy Medical Corps. She served as assistant professor, and, later, assistant clinical professor in Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Dr. Wright suggests the use of a high quality colloidal silver as a part of a treatment protocol for infections:

"...At the very first sign of any symptoms continue taking the above products and also take one teaspoon of Argentyn-23 every twenty minutes for 4 to 6 doses, then 1 tsp. three times daily. (The brand Argentyn-23 is an extremely small molecule of silver, accounting for its superior antimicrobial effects. Don’t substitute other brands.) "

Read the entire article: Sars Prevention

The City of Hope's Helford Clinical Research Hospital,
in Duarte, California ( Completed in 2004 )

One of the most advanced research & treatment hospitals in the United States, The Helford Clinical Research Hospital will house the nation's largest bone marrow transplant facility. Among its high tech state-of-the-art arsenal is a silver and zeolite powder coating used specifically to harness the antimicrobial power of the silver ion. The antimicrobial powder coating ( AgION ) is applied to steel machinery and equipment, and has EPA and FDA approval for use in a variety of applications.

The zeolite acts as a silver ion pump, and helps to maintain a sterile environment and prevent the proliferation of microbes. AgION is a surface treatment solution, and is especially ideal for equipment used in the medical field and the food industry.

"The Helford Clinical Research Hospital is a reflection of City of Hope’s philosophy of fusing leading-edge technology and research with compassionate care of the soul,"
       - Gil N. Schwartzberg, president and chief executive officer of City of Hope

Visit The City of Hope website for more information.

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so it is no longer needed by the body.
The body expels disease when properly nourished.

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