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Can colloidal silver prevent COVID-19?

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Many companies market colloidal silver supplements as cure-all products. They claim it can boost your immune system, ease chest congestion, and treat or prevent viral infections like the common cold or COVID-19. You might also hear that colloidal silver helps treat conditions like cancer, HIV and AIDS, shingles, herpes, or eye problems. But these statements are not backed by research.

Because colloidal silver products are sold as dietary supplements, they are regulated by the FDA as food instead of medicine. That means they don’t have to meet the same measures of safety and effectiveness as medicines do before they go on the market. Although it’s not against the law for businesses to sell colloidal silver, there’s no good way to know how safe a product is before you buy it.

If you’re living with a medical condition, follow the treatment plan your doctor gave you. If you’re looking to strengthen your immune system, there are many safe, effective options: exercise, get plenty of sleep, keep a healthy weight, and eat lots of fruits and veggies.

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: “Taking Silver could give you the blues,” “Silver Supplement Warnings,” “How to boost your immune system.”

Antibiotics : “Antimicrobial Silver in Medicinal and Consumer Applications: A Patent Review of the Past Decade (2007-2017).”

Mayo Clinic: “My dad takes colloidal silver for his health, but is it safe?”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Colloidal Silver.”

Journal of Wound Care : “Colloidal Silver as an Antimicrobial Agent: Fact or Fiction?”

Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology : “Use of Silver Nanoparticles in HIV Treatments Protocols: A Research Proposal.”

Journal of Applied Microbiology: “The silver lining: towards the responsible and limited use of silver.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 23, 2020

SOURCES:

Harvard Medical School: “Taking Silver could give you the blues,” “Silver Supplement Warnings,” “How to boost your immune system.”

Antibiotics : “Antimicrobial Silver in Medicinal and Consumer Applications: A Patent Review of the Past Decade (2007-2017).”

Mayo Clinic: “My dad takes colloidal silver for his health, but is it safe?”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Colloidal Silver.”

Journal of Wound Care : “Colloidal Silver as an Antimicrobial Agent: Fact or Fiction?”

Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology : “Use of Silver Nanoparticles in HIV Treatments Protocols: A Research Proposal.”

Journal of Applied Microbiology: “The silver lining: towards the responsible and limited use of silver.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 23, 2020

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