When choosing a colloidal silver supplement, as with any supplement, it is crucial to look at the formula from various perspectives.
Obviously, you will want to look at the ingredients and you should ideally research the manufacturer as well to make sure that the company is reputable and produces safe and effective products.
With colloidal silver, however, there’s one key detail you need to be aware of which you may not have heard of before, and that’s PPM.
If you have no idea what PPM means in relation to colloidal silver, don’t worry, because we’re here to explain everything you need to know.
In this guide, we’ll cover what PPM stands for, why it matters in terms of colloidal silver, and how you should use this information to select the right supplement for you.
What Does PPM Stand For?
PPM stands for Parts Per Million. The ‘million’ here is referring to milligrams. If a solution of colloidal silver were labeled as 1 PPM, that would mean that there is 1 milligram of colloidal silver per liter.
So, basically, the PPM of colloidal silver denotes the strength or potency of the solution.
Why Colloidal Silver PPM Matters
PPM matters when it comes to colloidal silver supplements because more potent solutions have been found to be more effective.
At the same time, taking a solution that is too strong can lead to undesirable side effects such as blue-gray discoloration of the skin (argyria) and, in extreme cases of overdosing, toxicity.
Therefore, it is very important to pay attention to the PPM of any colloidal silver supplement you purchase for yourself or someone else.
With that being said, there is also something called bio-activity, which is related to PPM, that you also need to take into consideration when you’re looking at the PPM of a colloidal silver supplement.
The PPM just tells you what the total silver concentration in the solution is, but what you really want to know is the bio-active concentration.
Bio-active silver particles are those that are positively charged, and they are also the smallest silver particles. The more concentrated the solution is in bio-active silver PPM, the more effective it will be.
What Colloidal Silver PPM Is Best?
With most colloidal silver supplements (because most supplements on the market have a low concentration of bio-active particles) you should be looking for a PPM of around 18. You shouldn’t take any colloidal silver supplements stronger than 25 PPM.
When you’re looking at the PPM of your chosen supplement, however, be sure to look for the words ‘bio-active’ on the packaging or the website from which you are making your purchase.
Ideally, you’ll want to purchase a solution that is more bio-active, even if it has a lower concentration.
For example, while your average colloidal silver supplement might have a PPM of 18 and be safe to take, this is only because it doesn’t have many bio-active particles.
With a more bio-active solution of colloidal silver, you will be absolutely fine with a concentration of 10 PPM. In fact, for a highly bioactive solution, you shouldn’t go much higher than this since you’ll be increasing your risk of side effects and symptoms.
Colloidal Silver PPM And Side Effects
Speaking of side effects, part of the reason why it’s so important to check both the PPM and the bioactivity of your colloidal silver is because the concentration can dictate your likelihood of experiencing side effects.
The most commonly reported side effect of colloidal silver is discoloration of the skin. This symptom presents as a change in skin color, resulting in a blueish-gray hue. This can be very alarming, but the good news is that it isn’t actually harmful.
The bad news is that if you develop this discoloration, it probably means that you’ve been taking a supplement that is either too strong (the PPM is too high relative to the bioactivity of the solution) or you have been taking more than the recommended dose.
More bad news is that this symptom is, more often than not, permanent. Nobody (or very few people, at least) wants to be walking around with gray skin for the rest of their lives, so this is one reason why you must pay attention to PPM with colloidal silver.
While research into the level of toxicity experienced by humans in relation to colloidal silver is still very limited, studies have used animals to investigate silver toxicity.
Given the results, it makes sense to avoid taking too strong a solution.
While the effects of silver toxicity are thought to be relatively minimal in humans, some potential side effects resulting from silver toxicity may include seizures and damage to organs such as the kidneys and liver.
Again, these side effects should only occur if you take in an excessive quantity of colloidal silver over an extended period of time, but if you’re not looking at the PPM and/or ignoring the recommended dose, it’s easy to take far too much without realizing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Colloidal Silver PPM Causes Argyira?
There is no single PPM rating that has been proven to cause argyria because it is related to body weight. Rather, taking silver solution at a dose between 50 and 500 mg per kilogram (referring to body weight) is most likely to result in argyria.
Does Colloidal Silver Build Up In The Body
Yes, silver can build up in bodily tissues, which is part of the reason why skin discoloration can occur as a result of taking too much. This is partly why paying attention to PPM is essential.
What Are Signs Of Colloidal Silver Toxicity?
If you experience symptoms such as gray skin color, flu-like symptoms, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain, you may be experiencing colloidal silver toxicity. This might be related to high PPM or excessive dosage.
Colloidal silver can have benefits for the human body, but PPM (Parts Per Million) must be researched thoroughly prior to taking a colloidal silver supplement to avoid argyria and, in severe cases, toxicity.