Although the packaging on many products brag about being anti-bacterial, scientists in Denmark warn that a germ-fighter added to many items on store shelves can penetrate the body’s cells and potentially put your health in danger.
The problematic toxin consists of nano-particles of silver (tiny microscopic fragments) that are frequently added to cosmetic products, athletic socks, band aids, dietary supplements, toothbrushes, food packaging, washing machines and refrigerators. When they travel through cell walls, they may stimulate the production of free radicals that can lead to illnesses like cancer and heart problems.
“Silver as a metal does not pose any danger, but when you break it down to nano-sizes, the particles become small enough to penetrate a cell wall. If nano-silver enters a human cell, it can cause changes in the cell,” warn researchers Frank Kjeldsen and Thiago Verano-Braga, who are with the University of Southern Denmark.
In lab research on human intestinal cells, the scientists found that the silver can penetrate cell membranes.
According to the researchers: “We can confirm that nano-silver leads to the formation of harmful, so-called free radicals in cells. We can also see that there are changes in the form and amount of proteins. This worries us.”
They note that no one knows what dose of nano-silver can cause harm.
“We don’t know how much is needed, so we cannot conclude that nano-silver can make you sick,” they say. “But we can say that we must be very cautious and worried when we see an overproduction of free radicals in human cells.”