Colloidal Silver has long been renowned for its natural antibacterial and healing properties. But what is Colloidal Silver and, more importantly, how does it work?
Colloidal Silver products contain microscopic flakes – colloids – of pure silver, suspended in demineralised water or gel.Traditionally, silver has been used in the treatment of skin wounds for many years. Because of its antimicrobial properties, it can be used to treat acne and other skin conditions.
It is also an effective cleaning agent which can help keep hard surfaces germ-free.
Research has found that Colloidal Silver deactivates the enzymes responsible for the metabolism and multiplication of bacteria, fungi and viruses.
HOW DOES COLLOIDAL SILVER WORK?Colloidal Silver has been used for many years as a traditional medicinal remedy. Before the development of antibiotics, it was used to treat an array of illnesses, including viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
It is thought to have antibacterial and antiseptic properties when taken orally or used to treat a wound.
It can be taken either as a dietary supplement or as a gel applied directly to the skin. Liquid Colloidal Silver can also be used to wipe down and disinfect hard surfaces like windows, table-tops, kitchen counters and toilet seats.
Colloidal Silver comes in various strengths, depending on how much silver each product contains.
It is measured in Parts Per Million (PPM). A PPM is a unit of concentration equivalent to one milligram of silver per litre, or a concentration of 0.0001%. The higher the PPM, the more concentrated Colloidal Silver the product contains.
While not much is known about how Colloidal Silver works, available evidence suggests it breaks down the proteins in the cell membranes of bacteria. This allows the silver particles to kill harmful cells by disrupting the bacteria’s metabolic processes.
When used as a cleanser, it has a similar effect on the microbial germs found on the surface you are cleaning.
WHICH PPM COLLOIDAL SILVER IS BEST?The amount of silver in Colloidal Silver products is measured in parts per million, or PPM. However, Colloidal Silver products with a higher PPM aren’t always necessarily the best to choose.
That’s because the PPM relates to the total amount of silver that a product contains.
But only the smallest silver particles, which have been positively charged, are bioactive and, therefore, effective.
So, when it comes to choosing a Colloidal Silver product, rather than looking at the total PPM, you should look for how much bioavailable PPM it contains.
Lily & Loaf’s Silver Shield Gel and Silver Shield Liquid are both manufactured using a patented process called Bioavailable Aqua Sol Technology.
They contain food-grade ingredients, including only the finest particle-size colloids of silver, to ensure maximum bioavailability and efficiency, and provide 20PPM of bioactive silver.
They are also suitable for vegans and vegetarians, so are perfect if you follow a meat-free diet and lifestyle.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COLLOIDAL SILVER GEL AND LIQUID?Colloidal Silver products usually come in two forms, liquid and gel.
In its liquid form, it can be used as a surface cleaner, or diluted and consumed as a natural remedy for common bugs or infections, such as colds.
Colloidal Silver gel, on the other hand, can also be used as a cleaner. It can also be applied to the skin to kill germs and provide natural hydration, or as a topical dressing on wounds such as grazes or scratches, to keep them clean and prevent infection.
CAN COLLOIDAL SILVER BE USED ON PETS?Because of its natural antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, Colloidal Silver isn’t just effective for humans. It can help enhance your furry friends’ health too.
Colloidal Silver can be used to treat wounds, inflammation, eye infections, ringworm, parasites, burns, fever, yeast infections and digestive disorders in cats, dogs and other pets.
It can also be used to improve gum and teeth health and keep their eyes and ears germ-free.
And as a natural antiseptic, it can be applied as a wound dressing and on dry skin, to prevent infection.
WILL COLLOIDAL SILVER TURN ME BLUE?Long-term use of Colloidal Silver has been linked to increased instances of Argyria. This is a rare skin condition caused by a build-up of excess silver in your body over a long time.
Argyria can make your skin, eyes, nails and gums turn blue.
It occurs when excess silver gets corroded in your stomach acid and converted into silver salt, which travels through your bloodstream to your skin.
When exposed to sunlight, the salt turns back to silver, giving your skin and other tissues a blueish tinge.
It’s important to stress that this is a rare condition that usually builds-up over several years of regular consumption of low-quality silver colloids. Lily & Loaf’s Silver Shield Liquid uses only the finest food-grade ingredients and is not recommended for long-term use.
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