Like with Silver, the same goes for the Gold. Today, when you talk about dietary supplements containing Gold, you are talking about “Colloidal Gold”, which is the FDA generic classification for virtually all Gold solutions. Colloidal simply means “particles suspended in water”.
In this article we discuss the following points:
- Different Types of Gold Solutions
- What is Ionic Gold
- The History of Gold
- Colloidal Gold Benefits
- Side Effects
Different Types of Gold: Colloidal Gold, Ionic Gold, and Nano Gold
The colloidal gold benefits have been known throughout history. Nowadays, there are all kinds of forms of Gold solutions that are quite different from each other, all with unique and ambiguous names and definitions. Likewise, there are theories as to why each one works better than the others. The colloidal gold reviews can become confusing, as with colloidal silver reviews.
Unfortunately, most of these theories seem quite convincing, and yet also seem diametrically opposed to others. Most people would take the position that much is unknown with regards to how Colloidal Gold works, the mechanisms of action, as well as admitting there is very little existing data regarding the products that exist, the technologies with which they are made, or how effective they are as dietary supplements.
Traditional Colloidal Gold of the past now seems somewhat old school, and it has been replaced with Ionic Gold and even a new hydrosol technology, both of which are now marketed without even mentioning the word “Colloidal” on their bottle or advertising.
What is Ionic Gold?
Ionic Gold is what some producers call their non-Colloidal Gold supplements. Monatomic Gold is another name some companies call their Ionic Gold products. Ionic Gold is a water soluble Gold salt that is dissolved in water. The Gold salt must be water soluble to create an ionic solution.
Laboratory testing of products labeled as ionic Gold has determined they are really Gold chloride, also called Chloroauric acid, a water soluble Gold salt. Some producers trying to avoid the stigma of Gold chloride have claimed that their ionic Gold is Gold hydroxide. Gold hydroxide is a Gold salt which is not water soluble, making the claim scientifically impossible.
Through chloride testing, it shows products that claim to be Ionic Gold and Gold Hydroxide are really “Gold Chloride.” It is interesting to note that you will never see Gold chloride on the label of these products, a violation of the federal laws governing labeling.
The reason you don’t see Gold chloride on the label or mentioned in the ads is because Gold chloride is known to be potentially toxic to humans.
Gold chloride is a Neurotoxin. A Neurotoxin is a toxic agent or substance that inhibits, damages or destroys the tissues of the nervous system, especially neurons, the conducting cells of your body’s central nervous system.
Gold chloride is known to cause Peripheral Neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy describes damage to the peripheral nerves, the vast communications network that transmits information from the brain and spinal cord to every other part of the body. Among many of the causes of peripheral neuropathy are neurotoxins such as Gold chloride, they produce common symptoms including weakness, numbness, paresthesia (abnormal sensations such as burning, tickling, pricking or tingling) and pain in the arms, hands, legs and/or feet. A large number of cases are of unknown cause.
This is ironic considering Gold is known for its rejuvenating properties.
History of Gold
Colloidal gold history and study of its applications spans at least several thousand years. Gold is one of the first metals to have been discovered. The first data on Colloidal Gold can be found in treaties by Chinese, Arabian, and Indian scientists, who managed to obtain Colloidal Gold as early as in the V–IV centuries BC. They utilized it for medicinal purposes and called it the Chinese “Golden Solution” and Indian “Liquid Gold”, amongst other uses. In Europe during the Middle Ages, Colloidal Gold was studied and used in alchemist laboratories. Paracelsus wrote about the therapeutic properties of Gold quintessence — “ quinta essentia auri, ” which he obtained via the reduction of Gold chloride by vegetable extracts in alcohols or oils. He used the “potable Gold” for the treatment of a number of mental diseases and syphilis. His contemporary, Giovanni Andrea, used it as a therapy for patients with Leprosy, Plague, Epilepsy, and Diarrhea. In 1583, the alchemist David de Planis-Campy, who served as doctor to Louis XIII of France, recommended his “longevity elixir,” a Colloidal Gold solution in water. The first book on Colloidal Gold preserved to our days was published in 1618 by the philosopher and doctor of medicine Francisco Antonii. It contains data on how to obtain Colloidal Gold and its application in medicine, including practical advice.
Colloidal Gold Benefits
The more you study Gold, the more you become mesmerized with its potential to transform any human condition. Many ancient cultures appreciated the spiritual meaning of gold and consumed small amounts of Gold to achieve higher states of consciousness and spiritual awareness. Many traditional medicines appreciated colloidal gold spiritual benefits and used it to remove blockages from the body and thereby enhance our vital Life Force.
Despite its centuries-old history, the “revolution in immunochemistry” linked to colloidal gold health benefits and the use of Gold nanoparticles (GNP) in biological studies occurred only recently in 1971, when the British researchers Faulk and Taylor described a method of antibody conjugation with Colloidal Gold for direct electron microscopy visualization of the surface antigens of salmonellae. The study was initiated using biospecific markers – Colloidal Gold conjugated with immunoglobulins and other molecules – in different spheres of biology and medicine. Over the past 40 years, there have been many studies devoted to the application of functionalized nanoparticles – conjugates with recognizing biomacromolecules (antibodies, lectins, enzymes, aptamers, etc.) – in biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, cytology, plant physiology, morphology, etc.
The range of Gold Nanoparticles use in modern medical and biology studies is extremely wide. In particular, it comprises genomics, biosensorics, immunoanalysis, clinical chemistry, detection and photothermolysis of microorganisms and cancer cells; the targeted delivery of drugs, DNA and antigens; optical bioimaging and the monitoring of cells and tissues using modern registration systems. It has been argued that Gold nanoparticles could be used in almost all medical applications: diagnostics, therapy, prevention, and hygiene. A wealth of information on how to obtain and use Colloidal Gold in biology and medicine, as well as how it functions, can be found in books and reviews. The broad range of applications for GNP is based on their unique physical and chemical properties. In particular, the optical properties of GNP are determined by their plasmon resonance, which is associated with the collective excitation of conduction electrons and localized in the broad region, from the visible to the infrared (IR) region, depending on the particle size, shape, and structure.
Colloidal Gold Side Effects
There are no known side effects for Colloidal or nano Gold.
Taking into account the large volume of data published and the high speed at which they are updated, our review aimed to generalize the results obtained over the past several years in the most promising directions in the use of GNP in modern medical and biological studies.
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Sara Banta is a Stanford University Graduate with a Degree in Economics and Psychology, and a certified Natural Supplement Expert & Graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Sara is the Founder of Accelerated Health Products and host of the health & wellness podcast, Accelerated Health Radio.