Silver is a natural metal that has been used for centuries to stop the spread of harmful bacteria. In ancient Greece, for example, silver barrels were used to store water and wine, the cowboys in the Wild West had a silver coin in their canteen for bacteria and algae, and the nobility ate with silver cutlery in the Middle Ages to stay healthy.
The comeback of Silver
Since the production of synthetic antibiotics was cheaper than the use of silver, silver has been used less and less since the 1930s. However, many bacteria gradually become resistant to antibiotics, causing silver to make a comeback. Researchers claim that silver is the most powerful element to fight viruses and bacteria. On the other hand, taking too much silver (ions) orally is not good for humans and can cause a condition in which the skin continues to turn blue-grey.
Silver inhibits the spread of bacteria
When silver ions are used in low concentrations on objects and materials, the silver is not harmful to humans. If the surface of an object is treated with silver ions, for example through a special powder coat, these will inhibit the cell division of the bacteria, thereby inhibiting the spread of bacteria. We see this coating particularly in the healthcare and food industry, where hygiene plays an important role.
The use of silver ions can be an effective way to protect against the growth of bacteria. Do you want to know more about how Bruynzeel offers this protection? Then take a look here!