Beyond Conventional Medicine: A Look at Colloidal Vs Structured Silver

December 7, 2023 11 mins to read

Colloidal and structured silver is one of the most amazing supplements everyone should have in their at-home health kit! It’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, even anti-aging and helps with a wide range of issues from digestive problems like IBS and Candida, to chronic health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease, heart disease and literally dozens more. So In this article I’m going to give you the basics of colloidal/structured silver: how it works, which is better, why its so safe and how to get started. So If you’re someone seeking options beyond the realm of conventional pharmaceuticals, with their often extensive side effects and symptom-focused approaches, please read on!

Understanding the Benefits of Colloidal Silver

Silver has been used for generations in various forms as a beneficial tool in health and wellness. Heck long ago they would put a silver coin in water bottles to help sanitize and disinfect the water. It has been a hot item in alternative medicine outside the realm of mainstream medicine; if you only see a medical doctor you probably have no idea how incredible silver is for healing. The two most common forms are colloidal and structured silver, which have subtle differences.

The Mechanisms: How Do These Silvers Work?

Both colloidal and structured silver can provide similar benefits., but structured silver does so with greater potency because it is more bioavailable (better absorbed). Its effectiveness lies in its ability to target bacteria, fungi, and pathogens in a way that even science finds utterly fascinating.

How Silver Obliterates Bacteria

The effectiveness of silver in combating bacteria is linked to its atomic structure, particularly the behavior of its electrons. This enables silver to steal electrons from bacterial cell membranes. This electron theft causes a breakdown in the bacterial cell’s structure, causing it to be destroyed- a fascinating insight into how silver products work at a microscopic level.

How Silver Obliterates Fungus like Candida

Silver’s effectiveness against fungal infections, like Candida, operates under similar similar mechanisms to how it combats bacteria; it’s atomic structure and electron behavior. Here’s a step-by-step snapshot how it works:

  1. Interaction with Fungal Cells: Silver ions interact with the cells of the fungus, much like they do with bacteria. Fungal cells, like all cells, have a delicate balance of electrons that are crucial for their survival and function.
  2. Disruption of Cellular Processes: When silver comes into contact with fungal cells, it can disrupt their electron balance. Silver ions have a strong affinity for binding with certain components within the cell, such as proteins and DNA.
  3. Damage to the Fungal Cell Structure: By binding to these cellular components (proteins & DNA), silver ions can damage the cell’s structure and interfere with vital processes necessary for it’s survival. This includes hindering the cell’s ability to replicate its DNA, produce essential proteins, and maintain its cell wall integrity. Think of it like a submarine deep in the water – if there is a breach in it’s wall the whole submarine can implode.
  4. Fungal Cell Death: The systematic effect of these disruptions to it’s vital processes, leads to the breakdown and death of the fungal cell. This is how silver combats fungal infections like Candida. And is one of the most effective tools for doing so.

Colloidal Vs. Structured Silver

I told you earlier colloidal and structured silver while both essentially being silver products, do have subtle differences…structured silver is sort of like colloidal silver 2.0 and was released only a few years ago. It is more easily absorbed, more potent and safer due to it’s atomic structure. However both do ultimately have similar impacts or health benefits, one is just more effective at doing it’s job.

Colloidal Silver: Effective but Limited

While colloidal silver operates on a similar principle, its impact is more limited. It can neutralize one bacterium per molecule, which is effective but not as potent as structured silver.

Structured Silver: An Enhanced Version of Colloidal Silver

Structured silver stands out in its efficacy against harmful bacteria largely due to its unique molecular composition. Unlike colloidal silver, which consists of individual silver particles suspended in water, structured silver forms a lattice-like structure that bonds silver particles with water molecules. This unique configuration allows it to target multiple harmful bacteria simultaneously- an increased efficiency that’s a game-changer in terms of gut health and overall bodily function.

Structured Silver Is Safer and Better Absorbed

The latest improved version of silver products – structured silver! Structured silver is safer due to its molecular configuration, which minimizes the risk of silver accumulating in the body, thereby reducing potential toxicity. Its bioavailability (how well absorbed it is) is enhanced because the structured bond of silver with water molecules allows for easier absorption and more effective interaction with pathogens in the body.

Understanding Argyria: A Cautionary Note

It’s important to point out that excessive silver consumption can lead to Argyria – (purple) skin discoloration. But before you panic and freak out, there have only been a few recorded cases of Argyria in the history of colloidal silver. You would have to consume obscene amounts at concentrations well beyond what is available in supplement form at stores (20ppm-100ppm). If for example you were to make your own DIY colloidal silver at home (which I do not recommend), and did not properly test and dilute to a safe concentration…this is probably the only way where you’d be at high risk of Argyria. So just don’t try to “breaking bad” your own colloidal silver, and use silver products responsibly, you should be just fine!

Structured Silver Vs. Antibiotics (in some cases)

Structured and nano silver has the advantage of largely targeting harmful bacteria, leading beneficial ones intact – this can in some instances have advantages over traditional antibiotics which indiscriminately destroy both helpful and harmful bacteria – completely obliterating your gut microbiome which houses 70-80% of your immune system and is responsible for almost half of your neurotransmitter production like dopamine and serotonin (to name a couple).

Health Benefits of Colloidal Silver

  • Bacterial Infections: Including skin infections, respiratory infections, and certain types of food poisoning.
  • Fungal Infections: Such as athlete’s foot, nail fungus, and yeast infections like candida overgrowth.
  • Viral Infections: Some believe it can help with colds, flu, and other viral illnesses, though evidence is limited.
  • Parasitic Infections: It’s sometimes used as a remedy for certain parasitic conditions.
  • Skin Conditions: Including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and wounds.
  • Eye Infections: Like pink eye (conjunctivitis) and styes.
  • Ear Infections: For both bacterial and fungal ear infections.
  • Sinus Infections: Colloidal silver is sometimes used in nasal sprays.
  • Oral Health Issues: Such as gingivitis and other gum diseases.
  • Throat Conditions: Like sore throat and tonsillitis.
  • Respiratory Conditions: There are claims of its use in bronchitis and pneumonia.
  • Digestive Issues: Some use it for food poisoning and stomach ulcers.

There are many other health conditions colloidal silver can help with that are listed in the book “The Most Precious Metal” by Dr. Gordon Peterson & Dr Bryan Frank. If you want to check if your particular health issue is listed.

Conclusion: Weighing the Benefits

Colloidal silver has been used for generations in traditional and alternative medicine. There are many studies on the anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties of colloidal silver. The science on how the molecular structure and how colloidal silver functions is also well established. But more research is needed on the purported health benefits. Meanwhile countries outside of North America and in alternative medicine around the world, silver products have been used for a wide range of diseases and illnesses with incredible results. Western medicine only considers million dollar studies and there has been some breakthrough research…but that is not the only form of evidence, both forms of evidence must be considered. The fact is silver products have been used for hundreds of years, and millions have healed themselves and improved all manner of illnesses with it.

Colloidal and structured silver products are produced in laboratories and made publicly available in concentrations of 5-100ppm (usually 10-20ppm) and when used responsibly are very safe. While your doctor probably has never even mentioned structured silver to you, I hope I have opened your eyes to alternative medicine and the power of silver to improve your illness and boost your health!

How to Get Started

If you want to get started using structured silver follow these two steps:

  1. I encourage you to pick up my favorite book “The Most Precious Metal” by Dr. Gordon Peterson & Dr Bryan Frank – a very concise book that lists how to use structured silver for dozens of different health health issues
  2. Pick up some structured silver, My Favorite Brand in Canada is pH structured silver, and in the USA is Sovereign Silver.

Learn More About Silver Terminology

  • “The Silver Solution: Discovering the Health Benefits of Colloidal Silver” by Gordon Pedersen – This book offers a comprehensive overview of the health benefits of colloidal silver, written in a clear, reader-friendly style.
  • “Colloidal Silver Today: The All Natural, Wide-Spectrum Germ Killer” by Warren Jefferson – Jefferson’s book is an accessible guide to the history, uses, and benefits of colloidal silver, providing practical advice for everyday use.
  • “Silver Miracles: Exploring the Healing Power of Colloidal Silver” by Mark Metcalf – Metcalf’s work focuses on real-life testimonials and scientific insights, making the complex topic of colloidal silver easy to understand for the layperson.
  • “Structured Silver and Your Health: How and Why Silver Works Wonders” by Dr. Nina Silver – Dr. Silver combines scientific research with practical advice, explaining the specific benefits of structured silver in an engaging manner.
  • “The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual: Introducing the Powerful Natural Antibiotic They Want to Take Away from You” by Steve Barwick – Barwick’s book delves into the history, usage, and controversies surrounding colloidal silver, presented in a format that’s easy for non-experts to grasp.
  • “Nature’s Antibiotic: Colloidal Silver’s Many Uses and Health Benefits” by Martha Christy – Christy’s book is a great introduction to colloidal silver, focusing on its role as a natural antibiotic and its various health applications.
  • “Healing with Silver: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Silver in Health and Wellness” by James F. Balch, M.D. – This book, written by a medical doctor, explores the therapeutic uses of silver, including structured and colloidal silver, in healthcare.
  • “Silver Solutions: Your Guide to Understanding, Purchasing, and Using Colloidal and Structured Silver” by John W. Hill – Hill provides a balanced perspective on both the benefits and limitations of silver in health, making it a practical guide for everyday readers.


  1. The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual” by Steve Barwick: This extensive guide covers a wide array of topics on colloidal silver, from dosage instructions for various illnesses to summaries of major medical studies. It also addresses common myths and discusses both medical and non-medical uses of colloidal silver.
  2. Colloidal Silver: Understanding Colloidal Silver Basics And Ingesting Powerful Nanoparticles” focuses on the fundamental aspects of colloidal silver, emphasizing its potential in enhancing immune defenses through the ingestion of nanoparticles. It explores the transformative effects of colloidal silver in achieving optimal health and well-being.
  3. The Most Precious Metal: why silver is more valuable than gold, platinum, money” by Dr. Gordon Peterson and Dr. Bryan Frank – Index of various diseases that colloidal / structured silver can help with including usage instructions.


The information provided in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any health care agency or government entity in Canada or the United States.

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