According to a research paper titled ('The development and functions of silver in water purification and diseases control' published on 26.03.1998), written by American scientists Richard Davies and Samuel Etris there are three main mechanisms on which the healing power of colloidal silver is based:
- Catalytic oxidation - silver naturally binds to oxygen molecules that readily react with the sulfhydryl groups of bacterial and viral cells. This leads to disruption of cellular respiration of pathogenic cells.
- Interaction with the cell membranes of bacterial cells - according to this theory, silver ions have the ability to attach directly to cell membranes and disrupt the cellular respiration of the pathogenic cell.
- Binding to DNA - silver ions directly enter the bacterial DNA, while it is not yet clear exactly how this binding takes place without destroying the hydrogen bonds, which in turn allows the preservation of the structure while impairing DNA replication..