People today are concerned about colloidal silver, its effects on health and potential side effects. Silver, when it reaches human body produces specific effects. What are the negative effects and what are the positive ones? This article tells you briefly about all aspects of colloidal silver.
What is Colloidal Silver? Colloidal Silver is basically silver particles suspended in water. These sub-microscopic particles are neither filtered nor deposited at the bottom of the container. Other than silver particles, silver ions (a silver atom with one electron removed and has a positive charge) too can be present in colloidal silver products.
PPM (parts per million) refers to the concentration of the material in a medium. The same number is derived if you find milligrams of silver per liter (mg/l) of water. Thus mg/l and ppm are the same. Different companies sell colloidal silver of different concentration. The concentration of 20ppm has the qualities of fine size particles, uniform suspension and silver particles in ionic state are lesser than 20% of the total silver content.
The size and concentration of silver particles are variable (1 nm to 1000 nm). The variations are due to different factors including the purity of the silver, purity of the water and the speed of manufacturing process. The smaller the particle size, the better its performance will be.
The Manufacturing Process
The manufacturing of colloidal silver is akin to electrolysis process, where silver wires act as the electrodes and distilled water with a little of colloidal silver as the electrolyte. The electrodes used are pure .9999 (99.99%) silver rods and the water is distilled. Tap water, water purified by reverse osmosis etc are not used in the production of colloidal silver. No salt is added to increase the conductivity of the water either.
Effect of Colloidal Silver on Living System Colloidal silver has anti-microbial properties. It acts as fungicide, bactericide and virucide (viricide), killing the microorganism and preventing the chance of adaptation for anti-silver resistance by the microorganisms. The silver first disables the respiration capacity and affects the metabolism of the unicellular microorganism.
Silver doesn’t affect the cytoplasm of multi-cellular organisms. There is difference in cell structure of sub-microscopic organisms and that of animals and plants. Thus colloidal silver is harmful to single celled microorganisms, but is harmless to plants and animals.
Colloidal silver is used for topical applications. It is used as an antiseptic in the treatment of bruises and wounds. When used in wounds, colloidal silver acts as an antiseptic and facilitates quick healing.