Silver Ions Kill “Armor-Plated” Bacteria
Once again, science proves it’s the silver ion that’s responsible for silver’s astonishing effectiveness against some of the most hardy and difficult-to-eradicate pathogens on the face of the earth.
Below, you’ll learn what clinical researchers discovered when they treated one of the world’s most difficult-to-kill pathogens – Bacillus subtilis – with silver nanoparticles.
Here’s a hint: Researchers discovered that it wasn’t the metallic silver nanoparticles that killed the pathogen. It was the silver ions released by the metallic silver nanoparticles that caused the fatal damage.
This proves once again that ionic silver is the active, infection-fighting form of colloidal silver, and that all other forms of silver are effective only to the extent they release silver ions in the presence of pathogens.
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In a clinical study with the lengthy title “The Antimicrobial Properties of Silver Nanoparticles in Bacillus subtilis Are Mediated by Released Ag+ Ions,” researchers discovered that silver nanoparticles exhibit profound antimicrobial action against the Bacillus subtilis bacterium – one of the world’s most difficult-to-kill microbes.
But here’s the clincher: That effectiveness was due largely to the release of silver ions from the metallic silver nanoparticles used in the experiment, and not due to the metallic silver nanoparticles themselves.
Although Bacillus subtilis is a relatively benign soil bacteria, scientists know that it’s extremely difficult to kill due to its ability to produce endospores – a kind of “armor plating” which makes the microbe virtually impervious to a variety of disinfectants and toxic chemicals including antibiotic drugs.
Thanks to this “armor plating,” the pathogen is also virtually immune to temperature variations, desiccation, ultra-violet light, and even to starvation since it can go dormant for months or even years at a time, hiding within its tough endospore shell whenever it feels threatened by antibiotic drugs or other substances.
But the researchers behind the above-mentioned study found that silver ions busted right through the tough outer shell of Bacillus subtilus, just as previous researchers have discovered that silver ions bust through the bacterial biofilms used by colonies of drug-resistant super-pathogens to protect themselves against antibiotic drugs.
Similar to Anthrax
Because of its unusual characteristics, Bacillus subtilis is often used in clinical testing as a substitute for its first-cousin Bacillus anthracis – yes, the deadly anthrax pathogen, which has similar qualities that make it just as difficult to eradicate.
Indeed, for decades Bacillus subtilis has been used by the U.S. Army as a “simulant” in germ warfare studies of the anthrax pathogen. When the military wants to know if a substance can kill anthrax, they first test that substance againstBacillus subtilis. If the substance can kill Bacillus subtilis, then the military researchers can be relatively certain it can kill anthrax as well.
In the above-mentioned clinical study, researchers treated Bacillus subtilis cultures with 0-50 ppm concentrations of silver nanoparticles, and found that while a concentration of only 5 ppm inhibited bacterial growth for 12 hours, concentrations of 10 ppm and higher were lethal to the otherwise difficult-to-kill bacterium.
The researchers found that reactive oxygen species triggered by the release of positively charged silver ions from the silver nanoparticles contributed to the breakdown of the tough “armor plated” cell membrane of the microbe, and that the ionic silver then penetrated the cell membrane and disrupted the integrity of the microbe’s chromosomal DNA causing it to die.
The researchers concluded:
“To the best of our understanding, this is the first study to directly analyze silver particles present within bacterial cells treated with silver nanoparticles, and the results indicate that positively charged silver ions are primarily responsible for silver nanoparticle microbial toxicity…
…our results support the theory that silver nanoparticles exert microbial toxicity through the release of positively charged silver ions that subsequently penetrate into bacterial cells.”
Once again, this is very important to understand:
The researchers treated the microbes with relatively low levels of metallic silver particles (i.e., silver nanoparticles). But they discovered that the metallic silver particles didn’t kill the hardy microbes.
Instead, the silver ions being released by the metallic silver particles did the killing, first, by releasing reactive oxygen species (much like hydrogen peroxide) that essentially “softened up” the tough outer microbial shell of the pathogen, and second, by penetrating that damaged shell wall, entering the microbe, and binding to its DNA.
This proves, once again, that the silver ion (i.e., ionic silver) is the active, infection-fighting form of silver, and that metallic silver (i.e., silver nanoparticles) is only effective to the extent it releases silver ions in the presence of the pathogens.
This is why smart colloidal silver users always choose the superior ionic form of colloidal silver over the metallic silver nanoparticle form. They know the metallic form must first be converted into the ionic form inside the human body in order to work – a process which is both slow and inefficient compared to utilizing pure ionic colloidal silver instead.
Indeed, in one laboratory study the ionic form of colloidal silver was demonstrated to be up to 10,000 times more potent than metallic silver!
To learn more, see the following related articles:
How to Make Your Own
Superior Ionic Colloidal Silver
Whether you use colloidal silver to help ward off colds, flu and other upper respiratory infections (learn more, here)…or for more serious and potentially life-threatening infections (see here)…or for its many other healing and immune-boosting benefits (see here)… one thing you likely know for sure is that it’s quite expensive to buy from health food stores.
Indeed, in most major health food stores colloidal silver in the superior ionic form usually costs between $25 to $30 for a tiny, four-ounce bottle – an amount that’s barely enough to help fend of even a mild cold or flu.
But owning a new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge allows you to make your own superior-quality ionic colloidal silver for less than 36 cents a quart. Yes, I said 36 CENTS per QUART.
In fact, compared to health food store prices of colloidal silver, your very first one-quart batch of micro-particle colloidal silver virtually pays for the entire cost your new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator!
You see, a full quart of ionic colloidal silver consists of eight of those tiny four-ounce bottles you can buy at health food stores for around $30 a bottle. That means you’d have to pay up to $240 for a full quart of colloidal silver in a health food store.
But you can spend about that same amount of money on a brand new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge – the world’s #1 best-selling colloidal silver generator – and make quart after quart after quart of superior-quality colloidal silver for the rest of your life, for about 36 cents apiece!
Do you know of any other product that pays for itself virtually the very first time you use it?
It’s quite literally as close as you can come to enjoying free colloidal silver for the rest of your life, because you’re making it yourself for the same tiny cost the big colloidal silver manufacturers make it for before distributing it to health food stores where it’s marked up by a whopping 60,000%! (Learn more here.)
Making your own high-quality colloidal silver this inexpensively allows you to use colloidal silver any time you need, or even give it away to family members, friends or loved ones who need it, without giving cost a second thought.
Sub-Microscopic Silver Particle Size
Makes It Up to 1,000x More Bio-Available!
What’s more, the tiny, sub-microscopic silver particles produced by this amazing breakthrough in colloidal silver-making technology are as low as .8 nm in size. That’s a fraction of a single nanometer.
Yet most conventional health food store brands of colloidal silver contain silver particles as large as 200 nm to 1,000 nm in size (see here for a photographic comparison of the size differences between ionic colloidal silver made with a Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator, and conventional colloidal silver particles found in health food store brands.)
This is critically important to understand, because even the FDA admits that the smaller the silver particles are, the more bio-available they are, meaning the body is better able to absorb them, utilize them, and afterwards safely excrete them.
Plus, it’s now known that tiny silver micro-particles are able to kill off entire colonies of pathogens with far greater effectiveness than conventional-sized colloidal silver particles.
That’s because of the “zombie effect” described in this recent article about brand new research out of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. As you’ll see, the effectiveness of ultra-small, sub-microscopic silver particles against colonies of disease-causing microbes is absolutely astonishing.
The bottom line is that the tiny, submicroscopic silver particles produced by a new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator from The Silver Edge are up to 1,000 times more bio-available than conventional silver particles.
Indeed, the human body is able to absorb 90-100% of the tiny silver micro-particles, sending them throughout the body to kill pathogens, and then afterwards excreting them with ease, thanks to their small size.
But the human body is only able to absorb and utilize as little as 20% to 40% of the silver particles found in many health food store brands of colloidal silver which contain silver particles as large as 200 nm to 1,000 nm or even larger. Clearly, making your own micro-particle colloidal silver is hands-down the smartest way to go.
Perhaps that’s why so many thousands upon thousands of people absolutely rave over the effectiveness of the colloidal silver made with their Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator, as you can see at this web page full of real-life colloidal silver success stories.
Discover How Easy It Is…
If you’d like to learn more about making your own high-quality colloidal silver for just pennies per quart, you can…
- Read how unbelievably simple it is to make your own high-quality colloidal silver for less than 36 cents a quart, here.
- Learn why the Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator is the world’s #1 best-selling colloidal silver generator, here.
- Find out how to save a whopping $100 on a brand new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator, here.
Meanwhile, I’ll be back next week with another insightful article on colloidal silver….
Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,
Steve Barwick, author
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