Is Colloidal silver a cure for coronavirus?
There is no medical cure for coronavirus and all viral infections, which is why people are turning to nature for solutions. One of the known natural antivirus agents is colloidal silver, a traditional remedy whose antiseptic properties were used in ancient Egypt, the Middle East and India by royal households to keep water and other fluids fresh and to treat various infections. Until its ban in the 1930s, it was recognized and used as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial by clinicians to treat bacterial, parasitical, fungal and viral infections. But is Colloidal silver a cure for coronavirus as televangelists in the US and several news outlets claim? This article focuses on its antiviral properties in connection with coronavirus.
Colloidal silver and coronavirus
In the absence of medical solutions for coronavirus, people are turning to natural solutions such as colloidal silver. Because colloidal silver is a broad-spectrum antivirus, that also strengthens the immune system, it can potentially prevent or help to treat coronavirus infection. Many people are now taking it prevent infection. Websites that sell colloidal silver have seen an increase in article views and purchases of colloidal silver by people in Hong Kong and China.
On the Jim Bakker show, naturopathic doctor Sherrill Sellman said Silver Solution has been tested on some of the strains of coronavirus and found to effectively deactivate them and to boost the immune system. The product in the article sells for $125 (£95) but high quality colloidal silver can also be sourced from reputable sellers in the UK who ship globally – for as little as £9.99 for a 15ml bottle.
Medical use and research on colloidal silver
Before antibiotics were invented, colloidal silver was used until there was pressure to remove it from the market in the 20th century because silver is natural and cannot be patented. Now companies are permitted to use it in medical instruments and wound dressings to kill pathogens. Many manufacturers have registered numerous patents for colloidal silver medical products. Colloidal silver is extensively used in medical implants, wound dressings, dental work, surgical needles, breathing tubes, bone implant systems, fracture setting instruments and catheters (to kill pathogens). Consumers should ask themselves why it was banned and is now being widely used in medical products.
Research into its efficacy as an antimicrobial agent is ongoing and it is now known to kill over 650 known pathogens within 72 hours. In one study, three types of silver nanoparticles, one in a magnetic form, were tested and found to effectively destroy bacteriophage ϕX174, murine norovirus (MNV), and adenovirus serotype 2 (AdV2) under different conditions. The magnetic form was found to be most effective.
Colloidal silver has also been found to kill and eradicate the smallpox virus, the influenza virus and HIV-1, and to prevent HIV from attaching to host cells. It is known to prevent infections and viruses such as hepatitis B. It is also used to treat and prevent flu and the common cold. A study on children up to 12 years old, with nasal congestion and the common cold, treated half of them with a solution of silver and beta glucan and the other half with saline solution. Both groups benefited, but 90% of the silver group completely recovered.
There have been many other studies. Still, currently available research evidence only reveals the surface of the potential benefits. More research is required.
Three Ways in Which Colloidal Silver Works
DNA binding. Colloidal silver goes straight to the DNA of the virus (and other pathogens) and binds with the DNA. In the process it destroys the hydrogen that holds the cell together, destroys the cell and kills the virus.
Pathogen cell membranes. Colloidal silver also attaches to the virus’ cell membrane and foils its attempt to attach itself to the host cells, preventing infection.
Catalytic oxidation. Colloidal silver attaches to oxygen molecules and reacts with certain molecules that circle around viruses. The virus then fails to attack body cells.
Risks of using colloidal silver
There are claims that colloidal silver doesn’t work at all and myths that it poses risks. However, many people who have used it, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Kourtney Kardashian, swear by it.
Colloidal silver will kill pathogens but will not affect the beneficial bacteria in the gut. It is even safe for pregnant women and children. One big benefit of taking colloidal silver is that it doesn’t create any resistance in pathogens. It has even been found to be effective in destroying drug-resistant MRSA pathogens that cause life-threatening infections. Yet it has no known side-effects.
However, poor quality colloidal silver with impurities and fillers (that may be toxic), ionic silver and high concentration colloidal silver will cause problems such as turning the skin blue. This is why people should not make colloidal silver at home and preferably buy good quality products from reputable sources.
The coronavirus is a new phenomenon and there is no research on potential cures. Colloidal silver may be a lifeline or just a gimmick – only time will tell. Clearly there is a lot of positive information about Colloidal silver which, in the absence of a mainstream solution, is not something to be dismissed outright.