The use of ionic colloidal silver for its antimicrobial effects is not a
new concept. In fact, the idea has been around for thousands of years.
As early as the ancient Greek civilization, silver was recognized for
its ability to keep foods and beverages fresh for an extended period of
time. Because of this, the Greeks lined their utensils and drinking
vessels with silver, thus paving the way for silverware.
Haven’t you ever wondered why silver is used to make silverware? Or why your grandmother used to place silver dollars in a jug of milk to preserve its freshness at room temperature? Now, you know why.
Colloidal silver has the ability to repel bacteria, fungi and viruses by causing havoc in these organisms biochemical structure. As a catalyst that provokes oxidation, ionic colloidal silver can bind with hydrogen atoms found in the membrane surface of bacteria, forming an R-S-S-R bond. This new chemical bond will prevent the oxygen-metabolizing enzyme of bacteria from functioning properly, thus blocking respiration and causing the bacteria to expire.
Another important action of ionic colloidal silver is its apparent ability to prevent bacteria from self-replicating. While it is not clear yet how ionic colloidal silver specifically affects the molecular structure of bacterial DNA, it is however clear that the silver ions have a binding effect that can put an effective stop to DNA replication.
All these actions of colloidal silver paved the way for the extensive use of the solution throughout the world for centuries. Silver was used as coating for catheters in hospitals in order to prevent opportunistic infections. Silver was also used to purify water to deter the spread of infectious diseases.
Today, silver is utilized in many FDA-approved drugs, including compounds for treatment of severe burns and eyedrops for newborn babies to prevent conjunctivitis. It is also added in water filters as well as bandages for dressing wounds. In the latter case, ionic colloidal silver is said to aid in preventing infection from setting in as well as promote healing by speeding up tissue formation in the affected area.
Colloidal silver may be taken orally. In fact, most of the colloidal silver products available today are oral supplements. Note, however, that none of these supplements are FDA-approved and that any claims they may have to therapeutic or medical benefits are not proved by scientific, double-blinded studies.
While colloidal silver is largely available as an oral supplement, there are some products that are applied topically. Silver colloid compounds may be in cream form to be applied directly to open wounds or burns. Others are also available as nasal spray. According to product testimonials, nasal spray are the best since it allows for quick absorption of the silver particles into the body.