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What is Colloidal Gold?
Gold is a precious metal that has been prized since ancient times and was once thought to contain all of the energy and power of the sun. Colloidal gold is known today as a health supplement that can aid the treatment and lead to improvement in several medical conditions.
So what is colloidal gold? It is a suspension of microscopic particles of gold in liquid, usually distilled water. It is also known as nanogold, and the colour of the suspension is usually either a vivid red colour or a sludgy yellow colour if the gold particles are larger
Usually the gold nanoparticles are produced in a fluid by reduction of chloroauric acid. After dissolving the chloroauric acid, the liquid is stirred very quickly as a reducing agent is added. Gradually neutral gold atoms are formed and eventually the fluid becomes supersaturated and gold starts to precipitate in the form of sub-nanometer particles.
As more atoms are formed they stick to these particles and the uniformity of the particle size is all down to how vigorously the solution is stirred.
History of Colloidal Gold
The concept or idea of an ‘Elixir of Life’ created from gold has been around since ancient times. The Ancient Egyptians used gold in dentistry and believed that if they ingested the precious metal that their life force would be stimulated and that both their body and soul would be purified. An elixir was created in Alexandria, known as liquid gold, which supposedly could restore youth and vigour to the old and infirm.
In Ancient Rome, gold salves were used to heal skin complaints and ulcers and colloidal gold was used to stain glass. The colour of the glass created depended on the concentration of the gold, and the Romans managed to achieve vivid shades of mauve, red and yellow glass by this method.
Gold elixirs for health and beauty were popular in medieval and Renaissance Europe, and Diane de Poitiers, the famous royal mistress of King Henri II of France, was said to have maintained her beautiful white skin and youthful looks well into old age by drinking a gold elixir.
The famous alchemist Paracelsus reputedly concocted a potion called Aurum Potabile or ‘potable gold’. As an alchemist, Paracelsus would have believed that it represented ‘the perfection of matter’ and that by taking gold into your body you would be rejuvenating and rebalancing your life force.
It was this idea from Paracelsus that encouraged Michael Faraday in 1857 to create what he called ‘activated gold’ and which was the first pure specimen of colloidal gold. In 1898, Richard Adolf Zsigmondy, concocted the first colloidal gold in diluted solution and in the early 20th century, surgeons would sew a gold coin under the skin near a sore and inflamed joint, to help soothe the pain and reduce the inflammation.
Health Benefits of Colloidal Gold
It is used to alleviate the symptoms of several diseases and condition. Medical studies have shown that using it relieves the symptoms of aching, swollen joints that are associated with arthritis. Taking colloidal gold is believed to improve mobility, reduce swelling around the joint and ease the pain of arthritis, as gold is an immune-suppressive and so stifles the autoimmune response and painful inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis.
It is also known for being an energy and libido booster, as it stimulates the natural cell functions of our bodies. Taking it as a health supplement is also known to help improve mental alertness, as it increases the conductivity between neurons in the brain. In studies, it was shown that people who took colloidal gold daily for a month showed increased ability to concentrate and raised IQ levels.
Colloidal gold is also now being used for nervous conditions that involve poor concentration, memory loss, depression, anxiety and problems with language. It can also be taken as a relaxant, as it soothes the nerves and relieves stress.
In the 19th century in the USA, colloidal gold was used as a cure for alcoholism, or dipsomania as it was then called, and is still used today to reduce cravings for nicotine, caffeine, sugar and alcohol. Colloidal gold cream is used as an anti-ageing skin treatment and there are colloidal gold creams available that offer topical pain relief.
This precious metal is also used in some modern cancer therapies. Microscopic gold is injected into men suffering from prostate cancer to help prevent the growth of the cancer, and women are given gold solutions as a treatment for ovarian cancer.
Dangers of Taking Colloidal Gold
As with any dietary supplement or complimentary remedy, you should always consult your doctor before taking colloidal gold if you are taking any prescribed medication or are at all concerned about any possible side effects.
Having said that, it is regarded as being non-toxic and as having no reported side effects. Colloidal gold can also be safely taken in conjunction with other pharmaceutical drugs and complimentary remedies. Gold is the only heavy metal that has a right-hand atomic spin, so it is easily tolerated by the human body.
However, if it is present in the human body in unusually high concentrations, it can lead to gold poisoning. The symptoms of this poisoning range from anaemia, resulting in very pale skin, dizziness, nausea, a metallic taste in the mouth, very fine hair and fragile bones and teeth.
It will accumulate in body tissues over time and can cause damage to bone marrow, the liver and the kidneys. Therefore, physicians generally recommend that arthritis sufferers on gold therapy have regular blood tests to check the levels of this precious metal in their body.
The concept of monatomic gold, also known as gold powder or white gold powder has been around for thousands of years. For example, the Ancient Egyptians believed that by eating powdered gold that they could gain immortality.
White powder gold in ancient times was a substance believed to only be taken by royalty and initiates in the mystery cults, and it was supposed to confer incredible longevity and vitality on those who took it.
In the US in the mid-1970’s a farmer called David Hudson discovered a white powder that he believed was monatomic gold while he was trying to extract gold and silver from the tailings of an old mine in Arizona.
Hudson alleged that his monatomic gold had some wonderful health benefits and some unusual properties like being a high-temperature superconductor and if heated the correct way being able to levitate as it then weighed less than nothing.
He classified these white gold powders in the 1980 as ORMEs or Orbitally Rearranged Monatomic Elements. David Hudson gained patents for his monatomic gold in the UK and Australia and started equating it with ‘the elixir of life’, ‘the food of the gods’ and even ‘the philosopher’s stone’.
If you would like to try colloidal gold for yourself, it can be bought in health food shops and shops that sell complimentary remedies. Colloidal gold can also be easily bought online and Amazon has a wide range of colloidal gold products for you to browse through and purchase.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that any information given in this article should in no way be used to replace advice given to you by your medical practitioner. Anybody suffering from a medical condition or who is at all concerned should always consult their doctor before changing their diet or starting to take any form of dietary supplement or complimentary remedy. Also be aware that while taking colloidal gold or using colloidal gold externally on wounds or skin infections is generally regarded as being beneficial, there are no guarantees that your health will improve.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2010 CMHypno
CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on January 06, 2015:
Thanks for reading the hub Gracen and leaving a great comment. I think it would be prudent to stick to the instructions on dose on any individual product and consult your medical practitioner over any concerns you have. Hope you also have a very Happy New Year!
gracen on December 31, 2014:
I've been taking it for about 15 days and I'm beginning to notice interesting effects. Better mood, attention span and perhaps cognitive function I'm not sure yet. Do you know what the optimal dose is at 20 ppm to get its effects as much as possible without going to toxic levels? And how much time do you think it takes to reach full effects? I've been reading it's normally 3-4 months. Do you know what the warning signs of toxicity may be? Thanks! Happy new years :D
CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on April 28, 2012:
Hi passionfashion, colloidal silver is used more as a natural antiseptic and antibiotic, and colloidal gold is used to help with the painful symptoms of conditions like arthritis and is thought to help with improving concentration and memory
passionfashion on April 26, 2012:
I'm curious, as I used to take Colloidal Silver. What is the difference between the two?
CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on June 28, 2011:
Hi camdjohnston12, thanks for reading about the health benefits of colloidal gold. It is great that gold is good as a health elixir as well as being an ornament
camdjohnston12 on June 27, 2011:
Wow!Gold for health as health is gold. Excellent hub.
CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on January 24, 2011:
Glad that you find the info on colloidal gold useful Christine. Thanks for reading the hub and leaving a comment
ChristineVianello from Philadelphia on January 24, 2011:
Wow, very informative. Another reason to love gold!
CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on December 04, 2010:
Glad that you enjoyed reading about colloidal gold katiem2 and thanks for leaving a comment. You can also get colloidal copper.
Katie McMurray from Ohio on December 04, 2010:
I had heard about silver and yet not gold. Thanks for the tutorial on Collidal Gold and Monatomic Gold. Well Done!
CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on October 02, 2010:
Surely is lindaadams37, and shows that gold is so much more than a precious metal used in jewelry. Thanks for reading the Hub on colloidal gold and leaving a comment
lindaadams37 on October 02, 2010:
Well, so we have another reason to invest in Gold, isn't it..?!
CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on June 14, 2010:
I think that copper bracelets are worn for rheumatism, billyaustindillon. Gold has been used in healing for centuries, and ancient kings used to think that it would rejuvenate them. Glad you found the Hub on colloidal gold interesting and thanks for commenting
billyaustindillon on June 14, 2010:
Very interesting hub. I was not very familiar with the powers of Gold for healing. Copper also, does that have anything to do with the bracelets?
CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on June 10, 2010:
There is colloidal copper also, Arthur. No colloidal gold doesn't seem to change people into funny colours, but gold elixirs are supposed to keep you young and vigorous. Could maybe be just what a frisky, antlered young man like yourself needs at certain seasons of the year!
Arthur Windermere on June 10, 2010:
What? There's colloidal gold too? Forgive me, but this is just too much colloidal. It's put me in an existential quandry.
And sadly colloidal gold doesn't seem to change people funny colours. The IQ-raising part is interesting, though.
CMHypno (author) from Other Side of the Sun on June 09, 2010:
Hi Hello, hello, glad that you enjoyed reading about colloidal gold and monatomic gold
Hi Sidney, gold certainly does have its uses medically, but whether there are forms of gold that are the 'Elixir of Youth' is a matter of conjecture. But like all good mysteries, an interesting thought to ponder!
Thanks for the read and the comments!
SidneyMorgan from Australia on June 09, 2010:
Interesting and well researched hub I have heard of all kinds of supplements and remedies, but none until now that is where the main ingredient is gold. Not sure if I am convinced but was interesting to read about it anyway.
Hello, hello, from London, UK on June 09, 2010:
Very interesting hub, a subject I never knew anything about. Thank you.