Written by Ben Bunting: BA(Hons), PGCert.
Colloid silver during pregnancy can pose some side effects. These include potential for argyria, Placental transfer of silver NPs to the fetus, and potential risks for the developing fetus. If you are planning to use colloidal silver during pregnancy, you should seek the advice of a medical professional.
What is Colloidal Silver?
Colloidal silver is a form of silver that is used for many medicinal purposes. It is promoted as being effective at killing bacteria, and can fight fungal infections. However, it can be dangerous when consumed in large amounts. If you're not careful, too much colloidal silver can turn your skin or eyes blue, and may even damage your organs. Some studies also show that colloidal silver can weaken the liver, so you should always consult a doctor before taking this product.
Colloidal silver is purported to treat a range of ailments, including respiratory infections, swine flu, and allergies. It is said to heal the lungs of patients who are suffering from respiratory inflammation. Colloidal silver is also applied to the teeth to prevent infections by some people.
Colloidal silver supplements have been used for thousands of years. The ancient Chinese used it for its antimicrobial effects. However, when antibiotics came along, colloidal silver fell out of favor. However, its recent resurgence has made it a popular home remedy for colds and other ailments. It can be taken orally, gargled, or inhaled via a nebulizer.
Although colloidal silver is not known to be effective outside the gut, there are some studies that suggest it has benefits for other areas of the body. For instance, animal studies found that colloidal silver disrupted the balance of bacteria in rats and mice. It also damaged gut cells. This study is the first to test the effect of colloidal silver on other parts of the body.
Do not ingest Colloid Silver
Colloidal silver has been used for centuries as a natural antibacterial spray. It is also be applied to skin or ear drops. However, it can be harmful in high concentrations. The FDA are not convinced of its promoted medicinal uses and warned that it isn't effective to treat any conditions.
Besides being used as an alternative medicine, colloidal silver is also used as a water filter ingredient. Recently, a Ghana-based business has developed a ceramic water filter that contains colloidal silver particles. The product is backed by academic research and endorsed by UNICEF.
Side effects of colloidal silver during pregnancy
Colloid silver is often taken as a dietary supplement. It is said to be an effective antiseptic and can help cure many ailments. Some people use it for emphysema, bronchitis, impetigo, crusty scalp, and eczema. Others use it to treat cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and autoimmune conditions like lupus.
However, it must be noted that the FDA and Federal Trade Commission have taken action against companies who promote Colloidal Silver and made misleading claims about its supposed benefits.
Therefore, the use of colloidal silver during pregnancy should be done with caution, if at all. It has not been proven safe for pregnant women or for those who are breastfeeding.
While some manufacturers add silver to bandages and dressings there are few regulations regarding the manufacturing of colloidal silver, so you should follow your doctor's advice and consult a qualified health professional before starting any new health regimen.
Colloid silver should only be used with caution, and it is not recommended for use during pregnancy, particularly as it may affect the absorption rate of any other drugs that you may be taking.
Placental transfer of silver NPs to fetus
A study in rats has found placental transfer of colloidal silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) to the fetus. The silver nanoparticles (NP) were found in the endodermal cells of the visceral yolk sac. The particles were distributed to most maternal organs and extraembryonic tissues, although they did not accumulate significantly in the embryos.
The placental transfer of colloidal silver NP to the fetus has been found to be approximately 10 times greater than the silver nanoparticles found in the mother's blood or spleen. However, the silver NPs found in the mother's placenta were much smaller than the amounts found in the liver and brain of adult males. These findings indicate that colloidal silver NPs may cause harm to the unborn fetus.
In a recent study, researchers used 50nm AgNPs to study the distribution of these particles during pregnancy in mice. These NPs were injected into CD-1 mice on gestation days 7, 8, and nine at 0, 35, and 66 mg/mouse. On GD10, tissue samples were collected for analysis of the silver content. The silver accumulation was significantly greater in the liver, spleen, visceral yolk sac, and endometrium than in other tissues.
Potential for argyria
Although the potential for argyria is rare, it is still a concern. Although it is not life-threatening, the condition can cause depression and social withdrawal. It can also interact negatively with certain medications, decreasing their effectiveness and increasing their side effects. If you suspect you have argyria, talk to your healthcare provider who can evaluate your condition.
The most common symptom of argyria is the development of bluish-gray skin, and it usually occurs in sun-exposed areas. This discoloration may start as a tinge or a small spot, and progress to the entire body. The extent of discoloration depends on the amount of silver present in the body. It can happen very quickly, or it can take months or years to develop. In some women, it will affect only one part of the skin, while in others, it can affect the entire body.
Possible risk to developing fetus
There is some debate over the possible risks of colloidal silver during pregnancy. Some physicians claim that taking colloidal silver may have a negative impact on the fetus, while others say that it's safe for pregnant women. In any case, pregnant women should avoid taking colloidal silver in large doses during their pregnancy.
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) has done a study on the possible risks of colloidal silver in pregnancy. The study involved pregnant rats exposed to silver acetate administered by gavage on days 6-19 of gestation. Researchers found no developmental effects at doses up to 100 mg/kg. However, it's important to note that silver should only be used under the guidance of a qualified health professional when pregnant.
Colloidal silver does not naturally occur in the human body. In fact, it is not considered an essential mineral. It is therefore unregulated and can misbranded. Further, there is little scientific evidence to support the use of colloidal silver during pregnancy.
While colloidal-silver products are widely promoted as an alternative medicine, there are risks associated with colloidal-silver. For example, colloidal-silver can cause inflammation, and can affect the body's liver and organ function. It can also interfere with prescription medications.
The FDA warns against using colloidal silver as a treatment for any disease, and has even taken action against companies who promote the product as a miracle cure. Because colloidal silver is not FDA-approved and has no scientific evidence of its ability to treat any disease, scientists are not sure exactly how it works. However, they do know that colloidal silver is antimicrobial and antibacterial, and that it kills bacteria by damaging their cell membranes.
Colloidal silver has a wide range of potential risks, especially for pregnant women. The FDA has classified it as unsafe for human consumption due to its potential side effects, lack of effectiveness, and potential organ buildup. In addition, there is no solid evidence to determine the safe dose for pregnant women. For these reasons, it is essential to consult with a healthcare professional before using colloidal silver or giving it a wide birth completely.