Colloidal Silver Facts Info

A colloid of silver consists of very small particles of pure silver (99.999%), suspended in pure steam-distilled water. No stabilizers, additives, or proteins, are added.

If stabilizers and/or proteins are added to ionic solutions, the particles can clump together and become too large. When this happens the particles are not easily absorbed into the blood stream and, therefore, are not very effective. This is an inferior product.

Based on these facts, the best colloidal silver available will contain NO additives, stabilizers, or proteins.

Silver Particle Size

Very small particles, specially as small as a single atom of silver (mono atomic).


colloidal silver has no special storage requirements. Natural color plastic or glass bottles and containers are very adequate.

There are many products that require dark glass bottles and containers because of the large size of the particles and color of the suspension, which might react to light.

How Colloidal Silver Works

Silver has always been one of the most universal antibiotic substances. When administered in the colloidal form, it is non-toxic. Just as we would die within a few minutes if our lungs were suddenly incapacitated, a microbe cannot live without proper respiration. It suffocates and dies. More importantly, colloidal silver does not damage human enzymes or alter the body's chemistry.

Colloidal silver is a powerful, natural antibiotic and disinfectant. When it arrives near a one-celled microbe, it inhibits the cell's metabolic enzymes necessary for energy utilization. Germs cannot build a resistance to the action of silver. There are no known organisms that can completely withstand the impact of silver.

Studies performed at the UCLA School of Medicine Center for Health Sciences confirmed that colloidal silver kills harmful bacterial, viral, and fungal organisms just minutes after contact. It does not affect the "good bacteria" of the digestive system, or the Doederlein bacillus, essential in preventing yeast infection in women. Therefore, pro-biotic programs can be continued while taking colloidal silver, without the fear of contradiction.

Richard Davies and Samuel Etris of The Silver Institute, in a 1996 monograph entitled "The Development and Functions of Silver in Water Purification and Disease Control", discussed three mechanisms of deactivation that silver utilizes to incapacitate disease causing organisms. They are: Catalytic Oxidation, Reaction with Bacterial Cell Membranes, and Binding with DNA.

1) Catalytic Oxidation

Silver, in its atomic state, has the capacity to absorb oxygen and act as a catalyst to bring about oxidation. Atomic (nascent) oxygen absorbed onto the surface of silver ions in solution will readily react with the sulfhydryl (-S-H) groups surrounding the surface of bacteria or viruses to remove the hydrogen atoms (as water), causing the sulfur atoms to form an R-S-S-R bond; blocking respiration and causing the bacteria to expire. Employing a simple catalytic reduction/oxidation reaction, colloidal silver will react with any negative charge presented by the organism's transport or membrane proteins and deactivate them.

2) Reaction with Bacterial Cell Membranes

There is evidence that silver ions attach to membrane surface radicals of bacteria, impairing cell respiration and blocking its energy transfer system. One explanation is based on the nature of enzyme construction: Specific enzymes are required for a given biochemical activity to take place. Enzyme molecules usually require a specific metallic atom as part of the molecular matrix in order to function. A metal of higher valance can replace a metal of lower valance in the enzyme complex, preventing the enzyme from functioning normally. Silver, with a valance of plus 2, can replace many metals with a lower, or equal valance that exhibit weaker atomic bonding properties.

3) Binding with DNA

Studies by C.L. Fox and S.M. Modak with pseudomonas aeruginosa, a tenacious bacteria that is difficult to treat, demonstrated that as much as 12% of silver is taken up by the organism's DNA. While it remains unclear exactly how the silver binds to the DNA without destroying the hydrogen bonds holding the lattice together, it nevertheless prevents the DNA from unwinding, an essential step for cellular replication to occur.

Early Uses

Man's use of silver as a disinfectant dates back to our earliest recorded history.The Greeks and others used silver vessels for water and other liquids to keep them fresh.

The Egyptians used silver as a thin beaten paper-like product and wrapped it around wounds to avoid infection.The Druids lined their drinking vessels with the metal for disinfecting and sanitizing water.

It was observed that those ancient families who ate from silver utensils rarely were sick and had few infections. This knowledge passed on to kings, emperors, sultans and their families and members of their royal courts. They ate from silver plates, drank from silver cups, used silver utensils and stored their food in silver containers.

Settlers in the Australian outback suspended silverware in the water tanks to retard spoilage.Generations ago, pioneers trekking across the Wild West in the US faced many hardships. Keeping safe drinking water was one of them. Bacteria, algae, etc., found a fertile breeding ground in wooden casks, which were carried by the wagons. They placed silver coins in the casks to retard the growth of the spoilage organisms. They also placed silver coins in their milk to keep it fresh.

Wrapping wounds in silver foil was a common treatment around the turn of the century to prevent infection.

Eventually, man learned to make silver nitrate and use it in wounds as an antibiotic. But silver nitrate is a silver salt and is caustic, and therefore burns tissue, much like iodine. These early, unstable and crudely made silver solutions were sometimes injected directly into the body, taken orally or applied topically. Remarkably, there were no significant side effects.

Silver as an Antibiotic and Disinfectant

Jim Powell reported in a Science Digest article in March 1978, titled "Our Mightiest Germ Fighter": "Thanks to eye-opening research, silver is emerging as a wonder of modern medicine. An antibiotic kills perhaps half-dozen different disease organisms, but silver kills hundreds. Additionally, silver-resistant strains fail to develop".

While silver has been used for centuries to purify water, modern ionization technology was developed by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) in the early days of the space program as a lightweight method of purifying recycled water on spacecrafts. In the United States and Canada, more than 100 hospitals have installed silver-based water purifying systems to eradicate Legionnaire's disease, a deadly bacteria that infects hot water pipes and storage tanks in large buildings.

Antibiotic resistance is quickly becoming a public health nightmare. Traditional antibiotics continue to lose their ability to kill certain strains of bacteria. To date, nearly every disease causing organism known has become resistant to at least one antibiotic, and several are immune to more than one. Scientists have known since the dawn of antibiotic age that the more an antibiotic is used, the quicker it tends to become useless due to bacterial resistance.


Silver has been proven to be useful against hundreds of infectious conditions. The list of minor and serious conditions that can be resolved using colloidal silver is practically endless. Additionally, there has NEVER been an interaction with any medication.