Silver water is another name for colloid silver, or colloidal silver, and has been known for centuries to help people with infections, fungus, and bacterial infections, making it a favorite go-to for homeopathic healing options. Colloidal silver is sold in most health foods stores across the US at big box pharmacies like Walmart pharmacies, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreen’s, and various online websites.
For reference purposes, silver water will be referred to as colloid or colloidal silver (water) throughout the article.
If you research colloid silver water you’ll be inundated how much information is available, essentially though only two types pack the most effective anti-bacterial punch: ionic and metallic. It’s said the most effective is ionic colloid silver water, which is manufactured and sold worldwide but can also be made at home by following a simple and inexpensive process. The biggest difference between colloid silver water and metallic silver water is how they’re produced and work inside the body to attack bacterial pathogens.
History of Silver Uses
For thousands of years, silver has been used as a healing treatment and germicide. Silvers medical, preservative and restorative powers can be traced back to ancient Greek and Roman Empires. As a matter of fact, before antibiotics, colloidal silver was used in hospitals and was known as a bactericide for at least 1200 years.
Throughout history, you can find stories of silver being used to thwart off bacteria by throwing silver coins into water, some even keeping silver in milk, and storing wine in silver urns. Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and other ancient cultures all used silver vessels to safely store food and purify water. It’s no secret the ancient cultures were on to something big, they knew silvers anti-microbe properties long before we discovered it scientifically.
Back around the 1940’s when penicillin was introduced colloid silver was getting bad reviews, mainly because there were four types of silver found around this time, so manufacturers began making colloid silver water in ways that were not effective, causing adverse reactions and bad publicity. However, even though silver was still widely known as the go-to antibiotic, it lost the battle to the new mainstream synthetic medicines. Plus colloidal silver was more expensive to make at the time, and it was more profitable to push the new synthetic medications.
The Scientific Breakdown
Time to put your science hat on.
Ionic colloid silver water is composed of relatively small particles of one form of silver or another, suspended homogenously and indefinitely in high-quality distilled (purified) water.
There are several ways to produce metallic silver (also known as nanosilver if the silver particles are less than 100 nanometers in size). Regardless of how the metallic water is produced, you’ll drink ultra-tiny particles of bare metal elemental silver in that doesn’t break down like ionic particles do, making metallic silver the second choice to ionic colloid silver.
Ionic silver water is typically made through a low voltage D/C electrical process versus being somewhat chemically processed like metallic silver. The low volt of electricity passes through silver rods in high-quality distilled water, producing hydrogen and hydroxide ions making the water conductive, causing enough electrical current to flow through to the other rod.
The ionic form is known to work better since it’s already in the biologically active, infection-fighting state. It works best against pathogens in the human body because it carries a positive electrical charge, while bacteria carry a negative electrical charge, causing silver ions to have a high affinity for positive bacteria. (opposite ions attract to form an ionic bond). The metallic form works only to the extent it’s converted inside the human body to the ionic form; otherwise stated, metallic silver isn’t “ready” when ingested to tackle the bacteria like the ionic form. If it’s not ionic, it cannot kill pathogens.
The human body has a way of leading positively-charged silver ions through the stomach and into the cells, tissues, and organs where pathogens settle. It’s called the Metalloprotein Transport System, all forms of colloidal silver are dependent upon silver ions to work against pathogens.
In simpler terms, this means that silver first attacks the cell wall of the infectious microorganism. After contact is made with the surface membrane of the cell wall of the microbe, silver releases what is referred to as an “oxygen burst” that severely damages the surface membrane.
This process results in specific chemical changes to the cell wall of the pathogen that blocks energy transfer and respiration, stopping the usual life-sustaining chemical processes from continuing, and initiating the death of the pathogen.
Benefits of Colloid Silver
Silver, not poisonous to the body, interferes with bacteria in at least three ways: by interacting with cell membranes, binding to the DNA of cells, and blocking the metabolism of the bacteria. It reduces the growth of hundreds of different types of bacteria, including some that do not normally react to pharmaceutical antibacterial agents
Today you can find millions of people claiming how colloid silver has helped them. Some claim it will heal bone infections, ear and some eye infections, will help with boils (even with pets), and has also been known to help certain viruses like herpes and shingles.
Silver is known to relieve inflammation, reduce pain, increase the healing rate of cuts, burns, bites, various types of skin outbreaks (including acne), tooth and gum infections, dermatitis (eczema), skin inflammation, toenail fungus, cystic fibrosis, lung disease, monkeypox virus and the smallpox virus.
It’s also known to be effective against urinary tract infections, central venous catheter infections, E. coli and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). Interestingly, researchers have also found both ionic and metallic silver to cause cervical cancer cells to commit cellular suicide through a process called apoptosis.
In addition to claims from silver fans around the world, there have been many independent studies of colloidal silver showing how it helps with many more conditions than what’s mentioned above.
As you would suspect, colloidal silver water is only sold in liquid form, but beware, not all waters are created equal. Each brand manufactures differently producing different amounts of PPM (parts per million), and just because the PPM is higher doesn’t mean it’s better. Knowing the amount of both PPM and particle size (nanoclusters, also known as microns) in the water you’re purchasing is essential to judge value and effectiveness.
PPM doesn’t mean the “strength” of the product yet means what the overall weight of silver is in the water. How finely the silver particles are in the ion water is really what makes the water more effective.
Colloidal silver water is sold in sprays, bottles, and droppers. Depending on what you’re treating, or if you’re using it as daily maintenance, you may use it one to three times a day, every day or for a few weeks. Some consumers use it to swish around in their mouths and spit out, not ingesting it internally, and, use silver salve topically on the skin to treat scrapes and cuts.
Warnings about Colloid Silver
Even with all the positive stories crawling the internet and independent studies showing promising results from colloid silver, there are plenty of warnings from health-related companies with cautions against it.
According to research, overexposure to too much silver can cause your skin to become grayish-blue/purple, called argyria, a condition where the silver builds up in the tissue. These cases are rare and harmless but are permanent, and nearly all cases occur in those who maintain daily doses for a year or more.
As with many homeopathic remedies, the Mayo Clinic doesn’t recommend taking colloid silver at any dosage, as it can have adverse effects and can cause poor absorption of some drugs, such as certain antibiotics and thyroxine (used to treat thyroid deficiency), and, according to their guidelines, shows no overall health benefits. However, it can be argued that companies who back big pharma do not recommend non-synthetic medicines even if it has known benefits.
Before you dive in and buy colloid silver water, it’s extremely important to know the proper dosage 1) for your body 2) for the reason you’re taking it. You can check out the Silver Safety Committee’s guidelines for safe usage of silver supplements. You should know the exact breakdown of the colloid silver, how it’s made, the PPM, silver particle size and recommended dosages before you begin using it internally or externally.
As with any new supplement talk with your physician before taking colloid silver, especially if you’re already on medications.