Adding silver to antibiotics makes them 10 to 1,000 times more effective at fighting infections, research suggests.
Silver has been used as an antimicrobial for centuries, but little has been known about how it works.
The new research suggests adding it to existing antibiotics could counteract the rise of drug-resistant microbes.
Experiments in mice showed the metal disrupts the biological processes of bacteria, making them more permeable to antibiotics, a US team reports.
Bacteria are adapting and finding ways to survive the effects of antibiotics.
According to England’s chief medical officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies, antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at a rate that is both alarming and irreversible.
Silver acts against Gram-negative bacteria – one of the two main types of bacteria, which are particularly difficult pathogens to treat.
The research was led by Jose Ruben Morones-Ramirez of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Boston University.
The Health-Care Survivor’s Comment
Since I first learnt about Colloidal Silver in 2006, and later, Hydrosol Silver, as part of My Serrapeptase Adventure, I have continued to include silver as part of my own natural health regimen. In that time, I have needed far fewer antibiotics than I had before. Among the most obvious impacts of silver, for me, has been that, on the occasions that antibiotics have been needed, I have not had to repeat the course as often.