Which is Better, Ionic or Colloidal Silver?
Silver is an antimicrobial with increasing interest due to the frightening failure rate of antibiotics, which is now up to 30 percent. A challenge for consumers is deciding which silver is better, ionic or colloidal? Even silver’s most ardent supporters often disagree. The matter has become a clash of the Titans.
While I believe that there are some elements of truth on both sides of the ionic or colloidal silver debate, I have ultimately come down on the side of ionic silver. Am I biased? I’ll let you decide after I give you as clear a perspective on the controversy as I can, starting with definitions.
“Ionic silver” is individual positive charged atoms of silver (chemical symbol: Ag+) dispersed in distilled water.
“True colloidal silver” is a made-up marketing term used by some to refer to nanoscale uncharged particles of pure metallic silver in water.
“Colloidal silver” is a generic term that can legitimately be applied to any form of pure silver that is evenly dispersed and permanently suspended in water. This includes ionic silver, metallic silver particles small enough to remain suspended, and silver complexes like mild silver protein and silver citrate.
First of all, making “true colloidal silver,” i.e., nanoscale metallic silver in a colloidal suspension, is a very complex and expensive industrial process. There are no consumer machines that produce “true colloidal silver.”
The Silver Healer makes a mixture of “ionic” and “true colloidal” silver. This is clearly described on Page 9 of the Silver Healer manual. As a matter of fact, due to the nature of the electrical process used, all “home-appliance” type silver machines produce a blend of ionic and colloidal silver in rough proportions of 80 to 90 percent ionic and 10 to 20 percent colloidal. It’s just that the Silver Healer does a superior job in several ways.
As the Silver Healer “brewing” process proceeds, silver ions (individual positive charged atoms of silver, Ag+) are dispersed into the distilled water. The positive charges on these ions help to widely disperse the silver atoms throughout the water because like charges repel each other. Some of the ions gain a free electron and lose their charge, becoming able to group with other uncharged silver atoms and forming microscopic nanoscale colloidal particles.
Some competitors tout their “true colloidal silver” products as if they are superior to ionic silver and as if theirs are the only effective products.
You will unfortunately find misleading statements about ionic silver. While it is true that the Silver Healer produces primarily silver ions in a crystal clear solution, and that by their made-up definition this is not “true colloidal silver,” that is far from the end of the story. Having conceded that the Silver Healer produces mostly silver ions, let’s move on to the facts and the research, including “bioavailability.”
The controversy between true ionic or colloidal silver was settled, perhaps definitively, by some fascinating research performed at Rice University in Houston and published in 2012.
The researchers found that colloidal silver particles had no direct effect on pathogens, but rather it was the silver ions (Ag+) alone that killed bacteria. You can read an abstract of that Rice University research paper. Furthermore, in an article published in Nature in 2013, researchers reported:
“Collins and his team found that silver — in the form of dissolved ions — attacks bacterial cells in two main ways: it makes the cell membrane more permeable, and it interferes with the cell’s metabolism, leading to the overproduction of reactive, and often toxic, oxygen compounds.”
Please note that it is the dissolved ions that attack the pathogens, not metallic colloidal particles. I have found similar comments in research paper after research paper, all in agreement that it is the silver ions (AG+) that do the job.
And so, you may now be wondering, does this mean that “true colloidal silver” doesn’t work? No, of course not. All it means is that the mechanism by which colloidal silver particles work undoubtedly, requires the silver nanoparticles to shed silver ions (AG+)
Summarizing, it has been well-settled science (since 2012) that it is not colloidal nanoparticles that are antibacterial, but rather silver ions themselves.
Any benefits of so-called “true colloidal silver” only occur in the body after silver ions dissociate from the silver nanoparticles. A second, more recent (2015), research paper confirms this assertion.
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The Breakdown on Bioavailability
Now, regarding the bioavailability of ionic/colloidal nanosilver … The basic question is, will ionic silver pass safely through the human digestive system and be delivered to where it is needed in your body without being damaged or destroyed in the process? The answer is “yes.” In addition to the misinformation you’ve received about “true colloidal” silver, you may have also read more misinformation on bioavailability that does not take into account the remarkable biological mechanisms of the human body known as metalloproteins. I will refer to a very astute competitor, Mr. Steve Barwick, who has written a couple of remarkable articles about this.
By the way, I don’t hesitate to cite Mr. Barwick because, although comparing his silver machine to the Silver Healer is like comparing a horse and buggy to a Ferrari, I find his research and writing to be excellent.
And so, from the moment the silver solution made by your Silver Healer enters your mouth, silver ions are being packaged in metalloproteins for secure transport to the rest of your system. Additionally, (in case you still have concerns about this), you could administer silver solution via nebulizer if you wish, completely bypassing your digestive tract. You could if you wish, as some people do, simply swish the silver around in your mouth and spit it out — a considerable amount of the silver will still enter your bloodstream directly through the membranes in your mouth.
And so, why would you prefer to own a Silver Healer than to constantly purchase uber-expensive “true colloidal silver?” Quite the engineering marvel, the Silver Healer is, by design, superior in most ways to the vast majority of consumer machines on the market.
The Silver Healer detects the presence of salt or other electrolytes in the water when it starts up. This protects you from consuming silver chloride or other contaminants.
It creates a silver solution that delivers silver to your system in its effective ionic form.
Because the Silver Healer applies a constant current, the silver particle size it produces is consistently nanoscale.
It affordably makes a ~10 ppm blend of ionic and colloidal nanoparticle silver fully automatically, which is always clear or very slightly straw-colored. This is comparable to expensive commercial brands of readymade silver solutions on the market, such as Sovereign Silver.
As we say on Page 9 of the Silver Healer manual, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” By personally using nanosilver in various ways, you will be able to see for yourself that it works wonderfully well.
Duncan Cary Palmer has worked as a carpenter, technical writer, engineer, and political pundit, but recently abandoned politics for pure crypto-anarchy. Driven by a compulsion to know what makes things tick, Duncan is an inventor and engineer who designs health-enhancing electronics. Like Woody Allen, he hopes to achieve immortality by not dying. He is the inventor and creator of the Silver Healer.
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