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31 BENEFITS OF COLLOIDAL SILVER

You may be unfamiliar with Colloidal Silver so it’s probably wise to begin by explaining what it actually is. The word Colloidal basically refers to small particles which can be suspended in either a solid, liquid or gas format. In relation to Colloidal Silver, the small particles are sub-microscopic pieces of silver which are held in suspension within pure ionized water.

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Colloidal silver is not produced by the human body but is considered to be great natural alternative to antibiotics for a range of ailments. Due to its unique physical and chemical properties, Silver has been used for decades in homeopathic medicines for treating many common diseases such as the flu, bacterial infections and even more serious illnesses like cancer. In the past, very little data was available with regards to the safety and effective use of colloidal silver. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have claimed that colloidal silver is unsafe in the past, there are now around 60 separate scientific tests which have proven the safety and effectiveness of colloidal silver, in particular; silver nanoparticles. According to the latest lab tests from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Colloidal Silver is considered to be a safe and effective multipurpose antibacterial agent.

Colloidal Silver can be easily purchased from pharmacies as an over the counter medicine and can also be acquired online.

HOW COLLOIDAL SILVER WORKS IN OUR BODY

There are several mechanisms through which silver works within our body:

ATTACH TO BACTERIAL CELL WALL

Colloidal silver damages the bacterial cell wall by anchoring and finally penetrating the bacterial cell wall and altering its outermost membrane.

PRODUCTION OF REACTIVE OXYGEN SPECIES

Research has shown that silver nanoparticles release silver ions which react with Thiol (SH) present in many bacteria and inactivate them. When the bacterial cell wall comes in to contact with silver ions this leads to inhibition of cell function and cell damage. After that there is generation of reactive oxygen species possibly due to inhibition of respiratory enzymes required for production of energy for growth and survival, which eventually damages the cell.

As the DNA contain sulphur and phosphorous as its main components, the colloidal silver binds to these elements and destroys the cell transcription and replication, therefore terminating the microbes and leading to the death of cells.

AMAZING USES OF COLLOIDAL SILVER

With profound and proven historical evidence of silver being used for medicinal purposes, research continues in to its many benefits. Many scientific based studies in recent years have looked in to the various ways in which it can be used to improve our health. Some of the most common uses of silver are as follows:

ANTIBACTERIAL

There is extensive research in to the effectiveness and safety of the antibacterial properties within colloidal silver. It has been proven to kill many dangerous and difficult to eliminate microorganisms like Borrelia burgdorferi (a cause of lyme disease) and Salmonella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (which causes pneumonia). The ability of colloidal silver to deal with multidrug resistant bacteria in less than 3 minutes is extremely impressive. Researchers have discovered that when low doses of silver are used with resistant drugs, they increase the antimicrobial effect of antibiotics more than when they are used alone. In addition to this, there is no reported antimicrobial resistance to silver as with other conventional antibiotics. According to a report, it has been noted that in the U.S. approximately 2 million people suffer from antibiotic resistant microorganism every year and around 23,000 people die from these infections.

ANTIFUNGAL

Colloidal silver is one of the most potent and effective antifungal agents in the world. According to research carried out in 2011, it was shown that colloidal silver not only has a profound antifungal effect on the fungus which causes yeast infections but also inhibits the biofilms produced by these organisms. Biofilms allow the pathogens to adhere to the walls of our body and form colonies which cannot be treated by the body’s immune system because it is very difficult to penetrate the biofilm barriers but. Colloidal silver, however, inhibits these pathogens within no time. You can use silver for treating athlete’s foot, ringworm disease, candida vaginal infection, dandruff caused by a fungus, fungal infection of the ear or candida thrush of mouth, and many other fungal diseases.

ANTI INFLAMMATORY AGENT

Silver causes a reduction in local matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity which results helps to reduce inflammation and also heal wounds in a shorter space of time. MMP has been suggested to induce inflammation at the site of injury. The anti-inflammatory effect produced by colloidal silver makes it an important agent that can be used in various therapies.

WOUND DRESSING

Topical silver (used on the skin) is used in bandages and wound dressing due to the fact that it is effective at speeding up the wound healing process.

EYE AND EAR INFECTIONS

Serious and irritating infections of eyes and ears can be easily treated by using a few drops of colloidal silver for the required length of time until the infection clears. Pink eye is an infection that is caused by bacteria, viruses or even fungi and can be treated by using silver. In relation to the treatment of Pink eye, research has suggested that it is actually more effective than synthetic antibiotics. When applied on the infected eye, colloidal silver attracts the bacteria, binds with it and sent it to the blood stream for elimination.

ANTIVIRAL

An increasing number of in vitro studies have found antimicrobial silver to be effective against HIV-1, hepatitis B virus, herpes simplex virus, respiratory syncytial virus, shingles, Warts and even the Monkeypox virus. The distinctive properties of silver make it broad spectrum agent that is not prone to resistance and can be used prophylactically to treat different strains of the HIV-1 virus.

SKIN INFECTIONS

For years, Colloidal silver has been known to work against problematic skin conditions of all types including cuts, scrapes, scratches, wounds, mouth sores, boils, bug bites, sunburn, burns, psoriasis, eczema, dandruff, acne outbreaks, MRSA outbreaks and more. Silver is also used for treating burns. It prevents the bacterial growth of a burn or cut and enhances cell recovery.

SINUSITIS

Colloidal silver is one of the most effective natural remedies for alleviating sinusitis. Sinusitis houses both fungi and bacteria, and the use of an antimicrobial agent like Colloidal silver is the best way of eradicating all the microorganisms without taking two or three antibiotics, that may produce resistance in body. Take a regular eye drop from any pharmacy and fill it with colloidal silver. Slowly start dripping colloidal silver drop by drop, into your nostril by lying back or keeping your head upward. Sniff deeply and as much as you can for maximum effect. Repeat the same procedure several times a day for few days in order to get good results.

COLD/FLU

Flu can render you bed-ridden and unable to go to work or partake in activities of any kind for a few days. Silver treats and prevents flu or cold before it can really attack your immune system. By using inhaler mist with colloidal silver, you can often find a dramatic relief for your lungs, chest and nasal passages. According to a research conducted by NIH in 2011, children suffering from common cold and nasal congestion were treated with colloidal silver and beta glucans. The result concluded that approximately 90% of the people in the study improved in health as a result of Colloidal silver.

IMMUNE BOOSTER

One of the most promising findings in regards to colloidal silver is that it increases our body’s natural immunity. Low levels of white blood cells can give rise to serious immune system risks and infections, and a lower amount of red blood cells can lead to a decrease in oxygen levels in the body which results in anaemia and fatigue. The multitude of silver ions can help you to successfully overcome these risks by boosting both white and red blood cell synthesis.

PNEUMONIA

Research has shown that Colloidal silver has the capability to fight against Bronchitis and Pneumonia when inhaled internally. Although antibiotics were once viewed as the best form of treatment for Pneumonia and Bronchitis, the resilience many people have to its effectiveness means that people are now looking for alternatives. Another problem with antibiotics is that they create resistance for pathogens that actually makes germs more potent. Furthermore, antibiotics are not usually effective for the treatment of viral infections. The prestigious health science in 2001 concluded that inhaling colloidal silver directly into the lungs through a nebulizer is the fastest way for successfully eradicating serious upper respiratory tract infections like pneumonia and bronchitis. The quickest and most effective way to get colloidal silver into your lungs is to use a nebulizer. A nebulizer is basically a device that atomizes the liquid colloidal silver, therefore increasing the surface area so it can be inhaled in to the lungs.

ACARICIDAL ACTIVITY

Although there are specific Antiparasitic agents which are designed to fight against parasites and reduce tick infestations, Colloidal Silver has proven to be an effective alternative. A 2012 study concluded that Colloidal Silver offered an innovative approach in the killing of parasites especially when dealing with Haematophagous parasites, which can cause anaemia and blood loss.

URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS

UTI’s can cause prolonged pain and discomfort and many people turn to antibiotics for treatment. With more and more people becoming immune to antibiotics and the effects of the drug therefore diminishing, researchers have been looking for alternatives. The effectiveness of Colloidal Silver in its attack of pathogenic bacteria means it can get straight to the problem.

MOUTH INFECTIONS

Laboratory tests have demonstrated that Silver nanoparticles are effective at killing the type of yeasts which cause - difficult to treat - mouth infections. Yeast infections are mainly caused by Candida species, more specifically; Candida albicans and Candida glabrata, which target young, old and immune-compromised patients. Researchers at the university of Minho recommend the use of Colloidal Silver nanoparticles in mouthwashes and dentures in order to treat and prevent various types of mouth infections.

TREATING DIGESTIVE DISEASES

There are many digestive disorders which people suffer from on a regular basis, including; diarrhoea, constipation, ulcers, indigestion, heartburn etc. Consuming silver solution kills unhealthy bacteria which can build up in the lining of the stomach and in the digestive tract. Silver is also used as a water purifier. By adding one half teaspoon in a gallon this can clean the water and this purified water aids in the digestion process mainly due to the elimination of fermentation in the stomach.

KILLS MOULD

The build-up of mould in your bathroom and home due to condensation and damp can actually be quite damaging to your health as it can trigger outbreaks of conditions like eczema and asthma. By spraying Colloidal Silver on to the mould itself and waiting for a period of time before wiping away you can eliminate mould. This method can event prevent mould from reappearing.

SOOTHES ITCHY SKIN

Skin redness and itchiness is usually caused by bacteria or fungi and colloidal silver cream is an effective natural product for tackling these common skin conditions.

KILLS CANCEROUS CELLS

New research has claimed that silver can kill cancer cells as effectively as other forms of treatment and actually has fewer side effects. Researchers from University of Leeds conducted lab tests in which breast and colon cancer cell lines were exposed to chemicals containing silver for six days. The results were published in Journal Dalton Transactions and it was concluded that silver was as effective as cisplatin (drug used in cancer chemotherapy) with lesser side effects.

RELIEF FROM JOCK ITCH

Jock itch (Tinea cruris) is caused by fungus. It is a ringworm disease which forms on the outer layer of skin, hairs and nails. Itching, pain and blisters are the main symptoms of jock itch. By applying colloidal silver in the affected area, jock itch can be eradicated within a few days.

PROMOTES HAIR GROWTH

There is no scientific evidence for the treatment of hair loss (Alopecia) by colloidal silver but there is much anecdotal evidence to suggest that it has beneficial effects on some people. A personal account from someone who used colloidal Silver for the treatment of hair loss claimed that by spraying this solution in the scalp for a couple of weeks resulted in noticeable regrowth. (Paul D.”Re: Treating hair loss).

HELPFUL IN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Nancy Delise, a patient suffering from multiple sclerosis, shared her story about how colloidal silver actually helped her beat the disease. This account certainly provides Multiple Sclerosis sufferers with renewed hope for the future.

GETS RID OF PET ODOUR

For anyone who has pets, odours can be a problem around the home as they cling to fabrics on soft furnishings and can be particularly difficult to eradicate completely. The good news is that colloidal silver eliminates bad odours. Simply clean the contaminated area and spray it with colloidal silver.

FOOD PRESERVATIVE

Colloidal silver is a perfect preservative and can even increase the shelf life of food so that you can keep it fresh for a longer period of time in the refrigerator. A study in which a small amount of colloidal silver was added to a cup of milk, which was then at room temperature, produced some interesting results. The same amount of milk was taken as a control in which no colloidal silver was added. The result showed that the milk without colloidal silver in went off between 24 and 36 hours, while the milk containing colloidal silver remained unspoiled for 3 to 9 days. The mechanism is that colloidal silver slows the growth of harmful bacteria which therefore prolongs the shelf life of the food in and out of the refrigerator.

LARYNGITIS

Laryngitis is the inflammation the larynx which causes hoarseness and/or loss of voice. The Larynx contains a vocal cord that becomes inflamed due to infection, usually caused by virus or bacteria. Colloidal silver has an excellent antioxidant and antimicrobial properties for treating laryngitis caused by any pathogen.

CURES SORE THROAT

Gargling with colloidal silver is a fantastic way of reducing your pain by removing all the pathogens from your throat. Gargle with two to three drops of colloidal silver four to five times a day for at least 2 minutes. Remember to spit the colloidal silver out so that all germs can be cleared away from mouth. You can even use colloidal silver as a spray for ease, several times a day.

WASH ALL FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

Nowadays, fruit and vegetable bought from the supermarket tend to be grown with the use of chemicals. To remove these chemicals, take one cup of water and mix it with half a cup of vinegar, then add two teaspoon of salt and mix until it is dissolved completely. Finally add a quarter cup of colloidal silver and put all the fruit and veg in it for five minutes before rinsing with water.

KEEPS FLOWER FRESH

Now you can fill your home with the beautiful scent of flowers for even longer as they can remain fresh for more than five days with the use of colloidal silver. In 2014, scientists conducted a research at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and found that colloidal silver kills bacteria responsible for causing flowers to wilt. When the colloidal silver is added to the water in the vase, it maintains the colour and freshness of petals twice as long as the flowers that were nourished with water only.

ECZEMA

Your skin normally contains fats and oils that keep skin cells together and protect it from irritant substances and infections. With eczema, the protective layer of fats and oils is lost and as a result your skin dries out and can no longer form this protective barrier. Using colloidal silver along with an emollient cream can prevent your skin from infections and also helps to reduce inflammation.

ACNE

Acne occurs when the pores in your skin become blocked by sebum. Sebum is a type of oil that is naturally produced in your skin and is necessary to keep your skin healthy and delay wrinkle formation. But sometimes due to blockage of sebum follow it becomes trapped in skin which causes the bacteria to grow beneath the skin, resulting in blackheads, whiteheads and eventually acne. Using colloidal silver can seal the growth of bacteria. Suppliers recommend oral solution during a severe outbreak of acne.

SILVER DEFICIENCY

The NCCAM claims that sometimes colloidal silver is used to treat silver deficiency in the body. Although silver is a nonessential mineral and is not naturally found in our body, it is very effective for boosting the body’s immune system. Many health food stocks and pharmacists sell colloidal silver as a dietary supplement.

PROSTATITIS

Anecdotal evidence proves that colloidal silver is an effective treatment for prostatitis. Prostatitis is the inflammation of the Prostate gland and results in high fever, pain and weak urine. It is mostly caused by bacteria. Colloidal silver is well known in destroying bacteria within a few minutes and aids in diminishing inflammation and redness so it is thought that colloidal silver may work efficiently in treating this disease. However, much work is still required from researchers to determine whether or not this anecdotal hypothesis is correct.

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