Colloidal Silver Information
Advanced Colloidal Silver is so named because it is made by the most advanced process being utilized today. The resulting product is a revolutionary new colloid. Our Advanced Colloidal Silver uses .9999 pure silver in producing nano-particles of some of the smallest sizes ever produced suspended in de-ionized water. To learn more about how it works and the properties, including particle size and value of particles vs. ions, go to The Science of Colloidal Silver.
Other colloidal silver products actually consist of mostly ionic silver and have a low percentage of silver particles which range in size from 10-500 nanometers and more. Advanced Colloidal Silver is approximately 20% ionic with the rest being ultra small particles with a mean average of 2 nanometers. This small particle size, combined with a high concentration of particles results in a vastly larger surface area of silver for a given concentration. To see this relationship expressed graphically and a comparison of power of various products, go here.
Commercially available colloidal silver products typically have a silver concentration in the range of 3-1000 parts per million (PPM). In many instances, the higher concentration products consist almost entirely of ionic silver. Many contain particles so large they must add gelatin to the solution to keep the particles from falling to the bottom. The products that add gelatin are typically called 'silver protein' or 'mild silver protein'.
As measured by a Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (FAAS), Advanced Colloidal Silver has approximately 20 PPM of silver. PPM is also properly expressed as mg/liter.
The process which produces Advanced Colloidal Silver produces a high concentration of ultra small particles. This high concentration results in a brown color which is the indicative color of our product. This color is a result of the reflection of light from the multiple billions of silver particles. It is your guarantee that you have what we believe is the most potent silver colloid available.
Advanced Colloidal Silver is almost tasteless, but can have a very slight metallic taste since it does contain the mineral silver. It can be taken directly from the bottle. Advanced Colloidal Silver can be rightfully called a concentrate, relative to other colloidal silver products. Its power is unequaled by a wide margin.
In summary, Advanced Colloidal Silver is on the cutting edge of the science of colloidal silver and has power far beyond that of any other colloidal silver product. Furthermore, considering that it is a concentrate (recommended dose is 1 tsp/day), it is by far the most economical as well. A single 8 oz. bottle is worth several bottles of weaker products.
The History of Silver Use
Man has used silver to kill germs throughout recorded history. Here is an ancient anecdote from the writings of Herodotus, the Greek philosopher, dating this use of silver to before the birth of Christ.
The Greek historian Herodotus, called the "Father of History", is one of our prime sources for information known about the fall of Babylon . Herodotus lived a century after the time of Daniel and traveled widely in the East. In his "Histories", we learn of the campaign of Persia 's King Cyrus against Babylon . The details include the fact that no Persian king, including Cyrus, would drink the water of any stream other than the Choaspes, a river that flows past the Persian capital of Susa . Wherever the king went, a long train of four-wheeled mule wagons followed him transporting silver jars filled with boiled water from the river's waters. The water would keep fresh for years during the long campaigns.
The Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and many peoples from the "Dark Ages" used silver in one form or another to preserve food and water. In the "Middle Ages," during the plagues, silverware protected the wealthy from the full brunt of its ravages. In the old west, pioneers used silver coins to preserve milk and water. In the last century, man was beginning to develop more sophisticated forms of silver to kill germs. In 1938, the FDA was formed, Penicillin was introduced and the modern pharmaceutical industry began to dominate anti-microbial science. Since silver preparations were more expensive they receded from favor. The use of some silver preparations in modern, mainstream medicine have survived until this "Modern Age." Among them are the use of dilute silver nitrate in newborn babies' eyes to protect from infection and the use of "Silvadine," a silver based salve, in virtually every burn ward in America to kill infection. A silver coated nylon material was patented as "Silvalon" and licensed by FDA as an antimicrobial bandage. Clearly, silver has been established as a germ killer in the historical record.
In recent years, a new process emerged as the cutting edge technology and Advanced Colloidal Silver was born.
The Science of Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver is metallic silver particles suspended in a base of some other material. The base can consist of water alone or another liquid. It can have a stabilizer or surfactant in it. If the silver is in solution, i.e. ionic and it contains no silver particles, it is not a colloid. Most colloidal silver products contain a substantial amount of ionic silver, however, so we will be referring to colloidal silver to include the ionic content though recognizing the incorrectness of the reference.
Mild silver protein is not colloidal silver and will not be analyzed here except to observe that compounding silver with a protein is not necessary to derive efficacy. We will not address other silver compounds either, as they are an entirely different subject with very different properties, effects and uses. For purposes of this treatise, we will be considering colloidal silver products containing particles and ions in a base of distilled or de-ionized water. This includes the majority of the colloidal silver products commercially available today.
Basically, there are two silver components in colloidal silver products which give them their properties, silver particles and silver ions. Silver ions are silver atoms which have an electron missing in the outer shell. They are the smallest possible form of silver, about .28 nanometers. Silver particles are metallic silver consisting of clusters of silver atoms. They can range in size from less than a nanometer up to 1000 nanometers (1 micron).
Silver ions will combine with chloride ions readily where they are present. The human stomach contains a strong solution of hydrochloric acid. Silver chloride forms immediately in the stomach when silver ions enter it. Though silver chloride is harmless and in fact not even soluble in the body, it is also has very little value. The same thing happens to silver ions in the bloodstream by virtue of the high chloride content due to the presence of sodium and potassium chloride. Silver ions, therefore are of little value inside the body as they are quickly combined with the available chloride ions to form silver chloride. One researcher, a Dr. Meade, has estimated the half-life of a silver ion inside the human body as 7.8 seconds. The only component of colloidal silver products which survives to work inside the body, therefore, is silver particles. This discovery is what has compelled us to strive for the greatest quantity of particulate silver possible in our product. We do not underestimate the efficacy of silver ions in a non-chloride environment, however.
Although ions are of an exact and uniform size, particle sizes vary greatly. The pursuit of small particles is at the forefront of research efforts. The reason that small particles are so desirable is that the smaller the particles, the greater the total surface area presented to the solution by a given amount of silver. The differences are significant. In a 1 PPM colloid of particles at 100 nm (nanometers) in diameter, the total surface area of silver in a cubic centimeter of solution is .042 square centimeters. With 10 nm diameter particles, the total surface area is .42 square centimeters or 10 times as much. We can say, therefore, that available silver is 10 times greater between the two. Proportionately, then, a colloid with 1 nm particles is 100 times as effective as a colloid with 100 nm particles.
How Silver Works:
Silver inhibits the growth of bacteria by deactivating the bacteria’s oxygen metabolism enzymes. In turn, this destroys the bacteria’s cell membranes, stopping the replication of the bacteria’s DNA. Source- Acupoll Precision Research, April 2003 Beiersdorf, Inc
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