ToppCock Men’s Grooming and Personal Care products rely on silver nanoparticles’ potent anti-microbial properties to keep men clean and fresh, from head to toe and especially in between. But is silver safe?
Since time immemorial, Silver has been recognized for its anti-microbial and disinfectant properties in different cultures around the world. The ancient Phoenecians prevent the contamination of water and other liquids by storing them in silver coated bottles. The Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, discussed the use of silver in the treatment of wounds in his writings.
While various other metals were also found to have anti-bacterial properties, silver exhibited the most effective anti-microbial action whilst having the least toxicity to animal cells. Silver eventually became a popular material used in medical treatments. Silver sutures were commonly used to reduce the risk of infection in surgery while silver-containing solutions were used to treat various infections. During World War I, soldiers used silver leaf to deter microbial growth in wounds.
The use of silver as an anti-microbial agent waned in the 1940s upon the discovery of modern antibiotics. However, the resistance of an increasing number of bacterial strains from antibiotics started a renewed interest in using silver as an anti-bacterial agent. With the emergence of new laboratory technologies, including nanotechnology, Silver can be broken down into fine particles which makes them highly effective for various anti-bacterial applications. Today, silver nanoparticles are common components in consumer products including deodorants, wound dressings, toothpaste and even socks!
Silver is a naturally-occurring metal in the human body. The adult human body contains about 2 milligrams of silver and small amounts of new silver is introduced via food and drink. The accumulation of silver inside the systems of humans has not been found to have ill effects to health.
The only known effect of exposure to large quantities of silver is called Argyria, where silver starts to accumulate on the skin and gives it a blueish gray color under the sun’s UV-light. To acquire Argyria, a person needs to consume several grams of silver.
The World Health Organization (WHO) sets 10 grams of silver as a lifetime silver exposure that does not have adverse effects. ToppCock products only need a small amount of silver nanoparticles to be fully effective against odor-causing microorganisms, making them safe to use externally. If accidentally ingested, our products should not pose any danger. To give you an idea, you need to drink several liters of ToppCock Silver to get Argyria!