Choosing the Best Anti-Infective Colloidal Silver
Every colloidal silver seller claims to offer the best product, but obviously, this cannot be the case. How can we judge which product is worth our time and money?
To reach an informed opinion, we must take into account the characteristics or properties of the colloidal silver product on offer. Here are some more significant points to consider.
Do It Yourself or Professionally Made?
A number of websites play up the cost factor to convince you to make your own colloidal silver. The other question is: What price value do you put on your good health?
Everyone can make colloidal silver at home. You don’t need a fancy machine to do it. Connecting silver wires to a battery and placing these wires in a glass of water is a cheap and cheerful way. No matter which DIY method you use, the end product is extremely unreliable. One reason is that such homemade silver particles have an unprotected surface. They tend to clump together and will settle at the bottom of the glass. The human body cannot safely handle these large silver clumps. For the same reason, homemade silver rapidly becomes oxidized (combines with oxygen). Silver oxide creates a plethora of other health problems that will not be discussed in detail here. Lastly, there is no reliable measure of the concentration of silver ions present in the mixture. As we have discussed, it is vital to know the concentration so the correct dosage can be taken.
To avoid danger, it is highly recommended to buy professionally made colloidal silver products, with all of the previous cautions in mind. Just as with all other products, from sports shoes to food processors to ice cream, not every professionally made product is of the same quality. Some helpful questions to ask are:
- What is the concentration? A higher concentration means less product needs to be taken for each dose. This can lead to a significant savings in overall cost.
- Which functions can the product perform? The product should provide antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal benefits.
- Who are the professionals involved? Websites, merely the middlemen, may not know much about the product they are selling, even if it is supposedly professionally made. Choose a product whose makers are on the website, health professionals who know what they are talking about.
In any form?
Definitely not! The only form to purchase is nanoparticles, and you will be aware of this by the mention of colloids.
First, no matter how they are dressed up, there are only two forms: salts and particles. Ignore labels with fancy names, such as silver hydrosols or any other so-called NASA-recommended form.
Also, don’t be fooled by the mention of ionic silver. Both silver particles and salts have and release silver ions. Particles release them slowly and gently, while salts release them like a flood. Slow release and low concentration is several orders of magnitude more than enough for their effect, so it is not advisable or necessary to flood the body.
Second, only the particles are truly colloidal. As explained previously, colloidal silver means silver nanoparticles suspended in liquid, most often water. Silver salts, also known as silver nitrates, will dissolve in liquid, and they do not function the same way.
Labels can be misleading, but here are two tips to help you sleuth out what is being marketed:
- Colloidal silver has a pale yellow to dark brown color. Silver salts will have no color, as they are totally transparent.
- When a laser light is cast through colloidal silver, a clear line is produced. Shining a laser light through dissolved silver salts produces no line. Some gels may have some low amount of particles and may be close to transparent. Even an inexpensive laser pointer will work for this test.
- Adding table salt to silver salts with result in a cloudy, silver chloride precipitate (substance) that will settle to the bottom of the glass or container. In the same way, silver salts that you drink will settle in your stomach. Adding some table salt to colloidal silver will not cause such a reaction.
What’s wrong with silver salts?
Nothing is wrong with silver salts, typically silver nitrates, and they are the form of choice in many situations. However, they are not appropriate in any situations requiring colloidal silver.
It may be useful to think of the situation in terms of Aesop’s fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare.” The hare raced around, using up energy and foolishly tiring himself out before reaching the end. On the other hand, the slowly plodding tortoise kept steadily on to reach his goal. While the case is not exactly the same, one can think of silver salts as hares. In their silver nitrate form, they race around, releasing too many silver ions, a bit of overkill. This excess of silver ions is not necessary for the job, and it is difficult for the body to safely eliminate it. Like speedy hares, silver salts are also very difficult to control. As a result, it is very hard to create the correct concentrations, enough to eliminate the bacteria while low enough to keep the body safe.
Since salts dissolve in the body almost immediately, silver nitrate does not stay in this form; rather, it separates into silver and nitrate ions. The hydrochloric acid in the stomach comes into play, and silver chloride is formed. This form of silver is not an efficient antibacterial. In addition, silver from silver salts can attach to chemical compounds in the body. If it weasels its way into proteins, for example, it can change their structure and bind to amino acids, thus damaging DNA.
The body does not successfully eliminate silver salts, so they remain in the tissues much longer. As discussed previously, high concentrations of silver in body tissue and organs can produce conditions such as argyria.
Also, silver salts may change the body in a way that actually encourages diseases to set in or flourish, the opposite of its intention. One way is by causing the body to become more acidic, as acidic body conditions are favorable to diseases. Nitrate components can change to nitrites, which have been associated with cancer. In addition, silver salts have been shown to trigger autoimmune reactions. Examples of diseases associated with autoimmune reactions are multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
On the contrary, silver nanoparticles are like the trusty and persistent tortoise, slow and steady to win the race. Correctly prepared, silver nanoparticles gently release their silver ions in the right amounts to get the job done, without putting any stress on the human body. Indeed, in a given liquid environment, the concentration will always be the same and very low. As discussed previously, nanoparticles are harmlessly eliminated from the body through several naturally occurring options. Therefore, proper concentrations are easy to establish and maintain, keeping the body safe.
Silver nanoparticles are nonreactive and chemically inert. This means they do not take up residence in body tissue. Also, the particles stay in their original form; they do not separate or react with other chemical compounds in the body.
The pH (measure of acidity) of correctly prepared colloidal silver is 8 to 8.5. This means it is alkaline, the opposite of acidic. Alkaline body conditions have been associated with healing and the fighting of cancer.
Coated or uncoated?
As we’ve mentioned already, the better option is coated. Coating keeps nanosilver particles more stable. As a result, coated particles have a virtually never-ending effectiveness. Coating also reduces the chance that the particles will clump together. This keeps them uniformly small, at a nanosize that can be safely tolerated by the human body.
The coating itself should have certain characteristics. It should be slightly porous, with openings, so silver ions can be released from the larger nanosilver particle. The coating should be safe for human consumption, as well as chemically inert and nonreactive.
Colloidal Silver Conclusion 12: The best colloidal silver comes from a firsthand source and contains professionally made, coated nanosilver particles.
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