HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST COLLOIDAL SILVER
When faced with a decision of which colloidal silver would be best for you, there are several things to take into consideration. Some of the most important are:
- Should you buy the product or make it yourself?
- Are you looking for particles or salts?
- Should you choose coated or uncoated?
There are several products on the market labeled “Colloidal Silver” and even more silver-based antibacterials. Most of those labels make dubious claims, and some companies even produce do-it-yourself kits for you to manufacture the products at home on your own. All of these products contain different concentrations and can be of various strengths. Even the color is not consistent.
Considering all these factors, it can be very difficult to choose the right colloidal silver product. Unless you understand the scientific basis, how silver chemically behaves, you will be a victim of unscrupulous marketers who will shamelessly feed you all sorts of imagined statistics and so-called facts, invented words that mean nothing, or half-truths.
So, how do you choose the BEST silver product? Before you can make the right choice for your health, you must be able to discern fact from fiction, and this article is intended to equip you to do just that.
Buy It or DIY It?
There are two ways to get silver: You can make it yourself, or you can buy it. Which is better? While we live in a very DIY world and some things are better left to your own ingenuity, in the case of colloidal silver, it is definitely best to buy the best product.
Why is buying better? Let me say from the start that everyone and their mother can make colloidal silver at home by using nothing more than a battery with silver wires and a glass of water. Unfortunately, those who promote these methods fail to disclose how unusable and potentially dangerous the produced silver particles and ions can be. For more information on the dangers of ingesting too many silver ions, please see “Silver Particles vs. Salts”
The particles manufactured with home kids are electrically charged. As a result, they tend to quickly clump together, grow very heavy, and finally settle at the bottom of the glass. If ingested, these large silver clumps will either be non-absorbable, or else they will become trapped in the body tissues like debris caught in the bottom of a sieve. To make matters worse, homemade silver is quickly oxidized to silver oxide; this substance is very chemically and will present a whole other multitude of problems.
For all of these reasons, and for your convenience and safety, it is best to avoid the claims that homemade silver is the best option. Buy your silver already manufactured instead of trying to do it yourself.
Particles or Salts?
When you examine the silver products for sale, you will discover two varieties: particles or salts. Some marketing claims will indicate that there are other types, but this is simply not true. Of these two types of silver, your best bet is most definitely particles. Anything else is not actually colloidal silver. You may read or hear another label for silver—hydrosols, gels, ionic, etc.—but don’t let this terminology confuse you. Silver comes in only two forms. Both particles and salts release ions, some more and some less. If someone tells you, “We have only ionic silver,” this is a non-issue, as even the metallic silver will generate far more ions than necessary to be antimicrobial.
Only silver particles are colloidal. In colloidal silver the particles are suspended in the liquid; they are not dissolved. The color of colloidal silver is pale yellow to dark brown, depending on concentration.
In silver salts, however, the silver is ionic and is combined with another ion, most commonly silver nitrate. This product will be devoid of color, entirely transparent.
Beyond the labeling, there are two easy ways to detect if a product is actually colloidal silver (particles) or silver salts:
- Check the color. If it is yellowish or brownish, it is colloidal silver. If it has no color, it is silver salts.
- Shine a laser light through the product. If you see a clear line, you are holding colloidal silver. If there is no line, you are holding silver salts.
Another confirmation that the product consists of silver salts is that it will react very distinctly in the presence of table salts. Adding table salt will form a cloudy silver chloride precipitate that settles, and this is exactly what happens in the stomach if you ingest silver nitrates.
To Coat or Not to Coat? That is the question.
Colloidal silver particles will be in their natural form or coated. When you have this option, it is most definitely better to choose coated silver.
This is really a no-brainer. Coated particles are safely enveloped with a substance that enhances their stability. It also keeps them from clumping together, so they remain small, as they were originally created. The coating also has to be safely porous enough to release the silver ions from the bigger particles.
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So how do you choose the BEST silver product? Simple!
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Is Colloidal Silver More Efficient than Silver Nitrate?
The answer to this question can be quite complicated, even a bit technical.
The Short Answer
In a nutshell, colloidal silver is NOT more efficient than silver nitrate. Silver salt forms ions a bit faster, so if time is a factor, silver nitrate is more efficient. However, this does not really translate to a significant health benefit, because silver nitrates can and do cause a lot of damage. In every way, colloidal silver is the best form of silver administration for the greatest and safest antibacterial effect in the human body.
The Long Answer
For a clearer picture of the comparison between colloidal silver vs. silver salts, imagine that you are living in the suburbs of Los Angeles, and you wish to travel downtown. You might ask yourself, “Would a space shuttle or a car be more efficient to get me there?”
Truthfully, a space shuttle would be more efficient from a time perspective, but in every other way, it would be impractical, if not entirely dangerous. If you took a space shuttle to downtown LA. you would definitely overshoot your destination, waste a great deal of fuel and resources, and do a lot of irreparable damage and burn the environment in the process. In many ways, silver salts (usually nitrates) are similar to that space shuttle, while colloidal silver can be viewed as that reliable, much safer, less extreme automobile.
Face the Facts, Folks
There are many technical details about colloidal silver that even chemists are not aware of:
Silver particles (colloidal silver), especially the coated variety, function as a reservoir of silver ions. The ions are released from the particles into the body, until a saturation concentration for the metal (silver) is achieved. Imagine a ball made of 200 to 300 atoms of silver, releasing 1 to 2 ions periodically. The released ions will have no problem penetrating the ball coating, and in the process, they will be protected from oxidation by the coating, so no damage is done in the meantime. Particles will move slowly through the reticulo-endothelial system (tissues) and slowly and constantly release the silver ions that are responsible for the antibacterial effect.
The particles are gentle, non-reactive, and chemically inert; they do no damage to the surrounding tissues. The concentration of equilibrium of silver ions is established gently, over a period of hours. Nothing is excessive, and the concentration of silver necessary to destroy bacteria is too low to spawn any harmful side effects—a major benefit of coated silver particles. For even more added benefit, the pH of our colloidal silver is a gentle 8 to 8.5, thus alkalinizing the body.
On the other side, silver salts (silver nitrate) are much more violent, liberating a mass exodus of silver ions—far more than what is necessary to kill harmful bacteria at a rate literally trillions of times more (ten to the twelfth power) than colloidal particles. Silver nitrate has no practical equilibrium concentration. In other words, it dissolves up to a 1:1 ratio within the solvent, while silver particles have an equilibrium concentration of 1 to the minus-10 to 12th to 13th power. This difference is trillions of times in order of magnitude, and it is major overkill. The concentration of silver needed to kill bacteria is so small that there are more than enough ions liberated from silver particles to get the job done.
The concentration of equilibrium of silver particles effectively ensures that nothing higher than that concentration and no great excess of silver ions is dissolved. Thus, the number of silver ions are effectively limited in the solution or the body, no matter how much more metallic silver you add. This concentration of equilibrium of ions from silver particles is very, very low, but it is still way over the limit of concentration necessary to kill microorganisms and bacteria. You really don’t need more than what colloidal silver can provide, and you cannot overdose with the right kind of colloidal silver!
It would be absolutely impossible to reduce the amount of silver nitrate dissolved to obtain the same safe concentration as from silver particles. Why? Because the limit of measuring silver nitrate is one milligram, but even that would be over a billion times more than necessary to garner antibacterial effect. Again, there is great risk of overshoot and harmful physical effects when using silver salts.
Salts instantly dissolve in the body. This is very excessive, up to a trillion times more ionic invasion than necessary. Released in the body, this very chemically reactive type of silver can precipitate (settle into organs) and will attach to proteins, amino acids, carboxyl groups, and other components, blocking enzymes, modifying protein structures, and changing receptors. It may even block or damage DNA, which is made of amino acids.
For example, if silver nitrate comes into contact with Vitamin C, the reaction causes silver ascorbate to be deposited in the tissues, rather than eliminated. Silver salts also react with copper-containing proteins and distorts the surface, thus modifying the behavior of these essential proteins within the body.
Not only are there adverse effects, but some are irreversible. The silver from salts attaches permanently to proteins and tissues, and the infamous argyria or blue discoloration then occurs. Other side effects and problems can occur when organs and skin are overloaded with silver. Silver salts also oxidize very rapidly to silver oxide, which is even more reactive and dangerous to tissues. In short, silver salts are dangerous because it is not eliminated; instead it is deposited in the tissues, where it can do much damage.
Also, when ingested, silver nitrate is instantly dissociated to silver and nitrate. This, coupled with an abundance of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, results in silver chloride. The silver chloride molecule is very stable, but it does not dissociate well enough to provide ions for an antibacterial effects. Moreover, if there is an overabundance of hydrochloric acid in the stomach as compared to the amount of silver ingested, which is usually the case, molecules of one silver ion connected to two or three chloride ions form complex ions that are very stable—meaning, there will be no antibacterial activity. This is similar to the burning of environment from the space shuttle engine. Nothing can be used there anymore.
Another major concern is the possibility of cancer. Nitrates can change to nitrites, a possible cancer-producing agent. The dose needs to be high for this to occur; however, silver from salts are so reactive that they de-naturate and change proteins and DNA. This can trigger autoimmune reactions and even cancer. The high reactivity means that free radicals are formed, and this can lead to cancer, albeit through a different mechanism.
Last but definitely not least, silver nitrates entail chemically acid hydrolysis. In other words, the moment you ingest silver nitrate, the chemical reaction itself produces acid. This reaction of dissociating nitrate salts instantly drops the pH by several points, thus acidifying the body. As you know from the alkaline versus acid foods concept, acidic foods and chemicals are disease- and cancer-producing, while alkalinizing agents are disease- and cancer-healers. It is always in your body’s best interest to be alkalinized, and this is yet another reason silver salts should be avoided; they are cancer-producing through three to four mechanisms.
In addition to the above, you never know how many silver ions are inactivated through different mechanisms like attachments to proteins, combining with chloride and other ions, etc
The above are some serious considerations when comparing silver salts (nitrate) to colloidal silver (especially coated). Excess overshooting, free radicals, proteins modification, being stuck in the body, argyria, side effects, organ blockage, acidifying the body are the price you will pay to see results a few minutes or hours earlier. All things considered, this is far too high a price to pay!
All these factors considered, your perfect vehicle to for gentle, effective antimicrobial effect with minimal problems and side effects is COATED COLLOIDAL SILVER.
NOTE: ALL of the above are valid in the case of coated gold nano-particles, although to a different degree, since gold is more stable and the gold dissociation coefficient is several orders of magnitude lower. Overall, the comparison of particles versus salts is the same, except for the fact that gold will not dissolve or react in the stomach as silver does.
Colloidal Silver: Coated or Uncoated?
Now that you realize that colloidal silver (silver particles) is the best option for antimicrobial effect, should you rely on coated or uncoated silver particles?
Coated is better for many reasons. Coated is the best option for colloidal silver because the coating will prevent particles from clumping together and also make them safer for human consumption.
* Particle size uniformity, so particles will be safe in the body and will not be trapped in tissues
* Concentration, so it can be easily, conveniently, and inexpensively transported
* Stability, so it has a practically unlimited shelf life.
* Stability in complex liquids (paints, soups, cans, drinks, etc).
*Higher degree of safety, as most coated nano-particles are
Not every coating is appropriate. The coating must be safe to ingest and chemically inert and not reactive. It must also incorporate the right dimension and be permeable enough for ions to pass through at a feasible rate.
Coated silver particles can be used in water treatments, soups, liquids, filters, or as an anti-infection agent dispersed in water. Presently, it is used in the International Space Station, hospitals, pools, and a several applications by big corporations like Samsung.