There is a lot of confusion around whether Colloidal silver is safe to use. Despite the back-and-forth on this mineral, there are many benefits to using this type of silver, particularly for the skin. Today we want to set the record straight on this handy mineral and answer the hotly debated question, “Is Colloidal silver safe”.
What is Colloidal silver?
Although it might sound super complicated, Colloidal silver is actually made up of tiny metallic silver nanoparticles. Why is this important? We’re glad you asked that. Because the particles are whole this means they can’t mix with any other elements, unlike other silver compounds which stick to surrounding particles. This means they can’t dissolve inside the human body, while Colloidal silver can.
Another fun fact for you: the smaller the silver particle is, the greater the surface area, the more effective it is at doing its job. We found this example from Silver Colloids to be really useful:
“To better understand the effect that particle size has on the surface area we will consider a U.S. Silver Dollar. The silver dollar contains 26.96 grams of coin silver and has a nominal diameter of 40 mm (1.574 inches). The total surface area of a silver dollar is approximately 27.70 square centimetres. If the same 26.96 grams of coin silver were divided into particles 1 nanometer in diameter, the total surface area of those particles would be 11,400 square meters which are equal to 122,708 square feet or 2.817 acres. When the amount of coin silver contained in a silver dollar is rendered into 1 nm particles, the surface area of those particles is 4.115 million times greater than the surface area of the silver dollar.”