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Frequently Asked Questions

Why did FDA Issue a Warning Letter to Blue Ridge Silver?

According to the Warning Letter (Click to View) we received on Feb 5, 2019, we published articles and customer reviews on our website  in which colloidal silver users made claims that taking colloidal silver has helped them prevent, treat, or cure various diseases.  We responded quickly and removed the articles and testimonials that reportedly violated FDA rules. 

What is Colloidal Silver?

Our Colloidal Silver is a pure, all natural clear liquid consisting of pure distilled water and submicroscopic nano-particles of 99.99% pure silver.  Blue Ridge Silver, which is colloidal and ionic in nature, is manufactured by a non-chemical process resulting in the nano-particles of silver being held in suspension by an electric charge placed on each particle.

Is Colloidal Silver safe to take?

Yes; for thousands of years, silver has been a popular metal for producing eating utensils, drinking containers, and coins.  Trace amounts of silver have been consumed by people for thousands of years. The US Environmental Protection Agency classifies silver as non-toxic for human consumption.

What is a Colloid?

A colloid is a collection of sub-microscopic particles that do not dissolve but remain suspended in a solution. Blue Ridge Silver colloidal silver particles are so small they cannot be seen by the naked eye. These silver particles generally fall within the range of 0.0005 - 0.015 microns in diameter which are so tiny that they remain suspended in water.

How is Colloidal Silver made?

Blue Ridge Silver produces ionic colloidal silver slowly in small batches using generators that utilize an electrolysis process that causes extremely fine silver nano-particles to be suspended in distilled water.  This method replaces the need for any chemicals, stabilizers or proteins which have been shown to reduce product effectiveness, and the resulting product contains pure ionic colloids of silver.

Does particle size matter?

Yes; particle size is a highly critical factor. Much of the effectiveness of any colloidal silver solution depends on the actual size and uniformity of silver particles.  Large particles are much less effective in improving immunity. According to many researchers, the preferred particle size for optimum results and safety of use should be from 0.0005 - 0.015 micron or 0.5 - 1.5 nanometers in diameter. (one micron = one millionth of a meter). Blue Ridge Silver products particle sizes are well within this range.

Why is your colloidal silver clear or transparent?

An excellent indicator of the quality and particle size of Colloidal Silver is the color.  As the size or concentration of the silver particles increases, the color of the solution changes from clear to yellow to amber to brown or dark red or grey to black.  As particle size increases they reflect a broader range of light within the spectrum.  Colloids of silver that are produced using the latest electrolysis methods are lighter in color than the grind or chemically produced colloids, except in the case of some products that contain artificial food coloring to change the color. The ideal color of Colloidal Silver is clear to very pale yellow/amber.

How can I verify that colloidal silver really contains silver particles?

One way to verify the presence of silver particles is to shine a laser light beam through the solution.  The silver will reflect the laser light but will not be visible in normal light.
Some people verify the presence of silver using the "milk test" by which you pour two small glasses of milk.  Add two teaspoons of colloidal silver to one glass and nothing in the other.  Let both sit at room temperature for several days and check the results.  The one without silver will spoil much quicker than the one with silver.
Another way to test for silver is to pour a few ounces of colloidal silver into a white container and let it sit at room temperature.  After a few days, depending on room humidity, all of the water will evaporate leaving a gray fine silver powder at the bottom of the container.
If you try to speed up the evaporation process by heating the colloidal silver on the stove or microwave, then many of the silver particles will escape with the steam due to the greater energy levels and agitation which will leave little if any silver dust. 

What about the ppm (mg per liter) – what concentration is best?

Many studies indicate that in the range of 5 - 50 ppm (parts per million or mg/l), colloidal silver is best when taken as a dietary supplement.  As concentrations increase beyond this range, the particle size generally increases as well.

How does silver naturally get into the body?

We obtain silver and other minerals through the food we eat.  Before chemical fertilizers and pesticides were introduced into farming, all necessary minerals came from the soil of small farms which was rich in living organisms.  These organisms would break down organic material in the soil like the leaves from large nearby trees so that fruit and vegetable root systems were provided minerals in a form usable to the plant.

Hence, we would obtain trace amounts of silver naturally from the minerals present in organically grown fruits and vegetables.  If, however, we eat fruits and vegetables that have been grown using chemical fertilizers and pesticides, as most large farms do today, the quantity and quality of essential vitamins and minerals that we receive is diminished.  Although silver is not officially recognized as an essential nutrient, when taken as a dietary supplement it can be very beneficial.  

How much colloidal silver should a person take per day?

The US Environmental Protection Agency publishes a reference dose (Rfd) for silver which is an estimate of daily exposure to the entire population that is unlikely to be associated with a  significant risk of adverse effects over a lifetime. The current Rfd for oral silver exposure is 5  micrograms/kg/day with a critical dose estimated at 14  micrograms/kg/day.  Based on this Rfd, a 150 pound  adult can safely and regularly consume approximately 350 micrograms/day or 70 ml (2.4 ounces) of 5 ppm colloidal silver per day or 196 ml (6.7 ounces) of 5 ppm colloidal silver per day for short periods of time.

Are there any known side effects from using ionic colloidal silver?

Aside from the Herxheimer effect, there are no recorded side effects in medical literature from the use of ionic colloidal silver unless the person is allergic to silver. Additionally there has never been a recorded case of a drug interaction. It is non-addicting, the body does not build up a tolerance to it, most is flushed out of a body within the first few days of consumption, and studies show that ionic colloidal silver is not deposited under the skin like silver salts and other silver compounds with larger particles that have been shown to cause the greyish/blue skin condition called Argyria when taken in large doses over long periods of time.

Do I still need to visit my family doctor if I use colloidal silver?

Yes; always consult a medical doctor if your conditions look serious, begin to look serious, or if they persist or worsen. In no way do we even remotely mean to imply that this product or any alternative methods will or can replace your family doctor. 

How Long will Colloidal Silver last?

Pure colloidal silver has no expiration date.  When kept at room temperature out of sunlight, our colloidal silver will remain usable and effective indefinitely.

Can Colloidal Silver be Given to Pets? 

Yes; and remember to seek the advice of a registered veterinarian whenever you have questions about your animal's health.

Does the FDA say Colloidal Silver is "not safe or effective"?

No; FDA reports say "over-the-counter (OTC) drug products" containing silver that are being "marketed for numerous serious disease conditioins" are not generally recognized as safe or effective for those purposes.  There is no mention of safety or effectiveness for colloidal silver products being sold and used as dietary supplements.  The official FDA report dated September 16, 1999 makes the conclusion:
SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a final rule establishing that all over-the-counter (OTC) drug products containing colloidal silver ingredients or silver salts for internal or external use are not generally recognized as safe and effective and are misbranded. FDA is issuing this final rule because many OTC drug products containing colloidal silver ingredients or silver salts are being marketed for numerous serious disease conditions and FDA is not aware of any substantial scientific evidence that supports the use of OTC colloidal silver ingredients or silver salts for these disease conditions.