While colloidal silver still has a bad rep in conventional medicine, it is, however, gaining ground in alternative medicine.
For thousands of years, silver is known for its antibiotic properties. Today, it is used to treat wounds and prevent infections as well as used in water purification processes.
How colloidal silver works is truly uncanny. When the silver particles, suspended in liquid, come into contact with bacteria, viruses, or fungi, they have the ability to destroy the enzyme that these microorganisms need for oxygen metabolism. In other words, colloidal silver can cause these microorganisms to suffocate and eventually die. All this without destroying any neighboring otherwise healthy living cells.
Not many people are aware but colloidal silver available in the market actually has three distinct types, all of which are marked under the general label of “colloidal silver.” These types include ionic silver, silver protein, and true colloidal silver.
Out of all three types, the least prevalent is true colloidal silver. This is probably due to the complexity of manufacturing true colloidal silver although the high cost of production may also have something to do with it.
Other silver colloids, such as ionic silver solutions and silver proteins, are more prevalent, with ionic silver being the most widely used and available in the market. Ionic silver is produced by electrolysis, considered one of the best methods to produce colloidal silver. After electrolysis, the resulting solution is made up of 90% silver ions and 10% silver particles.
Silver protein, on the other hand, is the second most prevalent colloidal silver product. It is typically made up of 30 to 20,000 ppm. Compared with ionic silver, the silver particles found in silver protein are larger – so large, in fact, that they do not stay suspended in the liquid base, and only remain so with the addition of proteins. The proteins prevent the silver particles from settling at the bottom of the container.
True colloidal silver is different from the
other types of silver colloids because of its high concentration of
silver particles. In fact, a typical solution of colloidal silver
solution may contain up to 50% of silver particles (50-80%) while the
rest is made up of silver ions. So when looking for true colloidal
silver, the two critical factors to consider are:
* Percentage of silver particles
* Particle surface area
This high concentration of silver particles makes colloidal silver solutions never clear like water. Instead, the solution is dark because the particles, no matter how small, can block light from passing through.
A condition called argyria, which can turn skin to a bluish-gray pallor, is said to be caused by too much consumption of ionic silver. Because true colloidal silver contains very low ionic silver, it does not result in argyria.