Colloidal Silver Benefits and Information

Silver is a metallic element which is found naturally in ores and as a free metal and is also in living organisms. Very small amounts of silver occur in the diet. The daily dietary intake of silver from food and water is approximately 300 micrograms. But don't be mistaken; silver is not an essential nutrient for humans and has not been proven necessary for living organisms to survive.

Silver is highly toxic to most microbial cells and can be used as an antimicrobial agent. Silver-containing compounds, such as silver sulfadiazine, which has broad antimicrobial as well as antifungal activity, and silver nitrate, are used in medicine as topical agents. Colloidal silver is a suspension of extremely small silver particles and was used in medicine until the 1940s as both a topical and an internal antiseptic. Colloidal silver was also known as argentum colloidale, argentum credé, and collargolum.

Colloidal silver no longer has a role in medicine but reappeared in the 1990s as a nutritional supplement. Neither colloidal silver nor any form of silver has any valid role in nutrition as a nutritional or dietary supplement. In response to the growing popularity and unsubstantiated medicinal and nutritive claims, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a ruling on August 17, 1999, stating that all over-the-counter products containing colloidal silver are not recognized as safe and are not to be considered effective. According to the ruling issued by the FDA, a colloidal silver product for any drug use will first have to be approved by the FDA under drug application procedures.