6 Top Benefits of Colloidal Silver

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The use of colloidal silver has been a source of debate and controversy for decades, so it is important to fully understand the risks, as well as the potential health benefits.

What is Colloidal Silver?

Colloidal silver is a product that contains tiny flakes of pure silver suspended in another liquid and has been used in traditional medicine for generations. There is a great deal of controversy about its use, however, as there have been contradictory reports and studies about the efficacy of this treatment. Before using any type of colloidal silver, it is important to know which variety to use. True colloidal silver has a majority of the silver in the form of nanoparticles, which are easier for the body to absorb, whereas ionic silver typically has less than 10% silver nanoparticles. [1]

In the past, people have used colloidal silver both internally and topically, but internal use is increasingly discouraged by the wider medical community, except in very small and regulated doses. The topical use of this product is generally accepted as an effective remedy for various health concerns. As with any alternative or holistic medicine, you should speak with a doctor about any possible complications with other health conditions or current prescriptions.

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The top benefits of colloidal silver include its ability to protect against bacterial infection, boost skin health, and strengthen the immune system, among others.


Numerous studies have found that the use of colloidal silver can strengthen your immune system to defend against many bacterial pathogens, including superbugs that prove resistant to antibiotics. [2]

Pink Eye

Although internal use is widely discouraged, some people will put 1-2 drops in their eye if they are suffering from conjunctivitis, and it has been shown to rapidly improve the symptoms of this condition. [3]

Ear Infections

A few drops of this silver supplement in your ear can reduce pain and neutralize the underlying infection that is causing you discomfort. [4]

Wound Care

Perhaps the most common and trusted use of colloidal silver is the healing of skin wounds. When you apply a few drops to a wound, it can protect against any infections and creates a very strong barrier to any foreign or unwanted substances on the body’s largest organ. [5]

Skin Health

Inflammatory skin conditions are very common, including psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, and acne. The antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and speed-healing properties of this silver supplement make it an ideal remedy for such topical problems. However, remember to only use in moderation, as even a small amount is quite potent. [6]

Anti-inflammatory Properties

If you suffer from arthritis or another common inflammatory condition, you can apply this silver supplement to the area of discomfort. Doing this 2-3 times per day can increase your quality of life and provide relief from chronic inflammation, which in turn lowers your risk of chronic disease. [7]


If you are going to begin using this silver supplement, it is critical to use it properly, in the appropriate dosage. There is a range of “safe” dosages, depending on whom you ask, but generally speaking, you can use a few drops for most topical problems, and one eyedropper for internal use. Consuming certain other antioxidants, such as vitamin E and selenium, can also help the body process out excess silver, so it doesn’t accumulate in the body. Drinking plenty of fresh water while using colloidal silver is also strongly recommended.

Side Effects

The possible side effects of using this silver supplement include complications with pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well as argyria.

  • Pregnancy: Since some of this silver could potentially cross the placenta and negatively affect the health of the baby, it is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women to use this supplement.
  • Argyria: This symptom is characterized by the graying of the skin; while this discoloration of the skin isn’t inherently dangerous, it is caused by the excessive buildup of silver in the skin. It is very difficult to reverse this condition, and in some cases, the discoloration can be permanent.
  • Nutrient Absorption: If you have too much colloidal silver in your body, it will become more difficult for your body to absorb other key nutrients, which could lead to various nutrient deficiencies.
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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