The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) says that not only is evidence for its benefits lacking, it can in fact be dangerous to your health.
“Silver has no known function or benefits in the body when taken by mouth. Colloidal silver and other complementary products or practices that have not been proven safe and effective should never be used to replace conventional medical care.”
The biggest side-effect is a condition called argyria, which is a bluish-gray skin discoloration that can be permanent.
It is an often-pushed ‘treatment’ in some corners of the internet, and Stan Jones - a Libertarian politician in Montana - turned his skin blue by consuming too much of the stuff.
Candace Owens (L) and a patient with argyria (R)Getty Images/Hendrik A. van Dijk
He started taking colloidal silver in 1999 for fear Y2K disruptions would cause a shortage of antibiotics. He said people now ask him if it’s permanent and if he’s dead. “I tell them I’m practicing for Halloween.”
While the teaspoon dose recommended by Candace may sound like a small amount, there is evidence that a man who took a similar amount for allergies saw his fingernails turn blue.
People on Twitter were, naturally, horrified:
No, no, no, no, please don’t ingest silver https://t.co/I1mnU9r5pu