Frequently Asked Questions

What is Colloidal Silver?

Our Colloidal Silver is a pure, all natural clear liquid consisting of purified distilled water and submicroscopic nano-particles of 99.99% pure silver.  It 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.  Our colloidal silver is primarily ionic which has been tested and shown to be more effective than primarily particulate colloidal silver (see article below).

 

What does Colloidal Silver do?

When taken as directed colloidal silver improves immune system health and also acts as a catalyst that promotes cell regeneration and growth.

 

Is Colloidal Silver safe to take?

The Environmental Protection Agency's Poison Control Center reports no toxicity listing for colloidal silver. These reports seem to reflect that it is considering it harmless in any concentration. Other studies and information also show that colloidal silver is safe, and when taken as directed colloidal silver has no documented negative side effects.

 

Historically, What has Silver Been Used For?

Silver has been used for centuries to disinfect water and promote good health.  Herodotus, the first historian who lived 484-425 BC, claimed that no Persian king would drink water that was not stored in silver-lined vessels.  It has been well documented that silver vessels were also used in ancient Greece and Rome to disinfect water and other stored liquids. 

During the bubonic plague pandemic in Europe during the 1400's that killed as many as 75 million people, the wealthy had a much lower mortality rate reportedly due to the fact that they regularly ate using silver utensils and drank from silver goblets.

The American settlers (1800’s) routinely place a silver dollar in barrels of liquids to avoid spoilage. 

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used silver to treat ulcers. Between the 19th century and the introduction of antibiotics, surgeons commonly used silver sutures to help prevent postoperative infections. Argyrol, a mixture of silver suspended in gelatin, was the first line of defense for American and Allied troops during WWI who were exposed to STDs, especially gonorrhea.

The free silver ion or radicals are known to be the active agents of anti-microbial silvers. Of interest is its extremely potent antibacterial properties as only 1 part per 100 million of elemental silver is effective in a solution. Silver ion kills micro-organisms instantly by blocking the respiratory enzyme system (energy production) while having no negative effect on human cells.

What are some Modern Uses for Colloidal Silver?

Today in the United States colloidal silver is widely used as a mineral supplement.  Also various forms of silver are used in hospitals as an antiseptic for treating burn victims, both as a topical solution and incorporated into bandages themselves. Silver is also used to coat stints and catheters. Since the 1880's, newborns have been given silver nitrate eyedrops to prevent neonatal conjunctivitis.

The US CDC endorses the use of silver in ceramic water filters for developing nations.  NASA has also used silver to maintain water purity on the space shuttle. Colloidal silver is also used to disinfect clothing, to disinfect water, to disinfect hot tubs, to disinfect hospital surfaces and washing machine surfaces, and new practical uses are being discovered constantly.

For circumstances where the quality of drinking water may be questionable (esp. on travels) it is very good to know that a teaspoon of 5 ppm colloidal silver is able to disinfect 1 liter of drinking water within about 20 minutes. It will kill the most common pathogens at a concentration of over 200 CFU (Coli-forming Units) per ml of water.  So, one 4-ounce bottle of 5 ppm colloidal silver can disinfect safely and surely approximately 32 liters of drinking water!

 

What is a Colloid?

A colloid is a collection of ultra-fine particles that do not dissolve but remain suspended in a solution. Blue Ridge Silver ultra-fine silver particles are so small they do not reflect natural light.  That's why our products are clear in appearance. The silver particles generally fall within the range of 0.0005 - 0.015 microns in diameter. These particles are electrically charged and so tiny that they remain suspended in water.

 

How is Blue Ridge 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.

Which is Better:  Ionic or Particulate Colloidal Silver?

According to an article written by Steve Barwick of The Silver Edge who is a health journalist entitled, "Ionic Versus Particulate Colloidal Silver: the Great Debate," ionic colloidal silver is better.  Here's an excerpt of Mr. Barwick's article:
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"Actually, ionic colloidal silver solutions are not in the least bit inferior to particulate colloidal silver solutions. Unfortunately, the myth that the particulate form of colloidal silver is somehow superior to the ionic form has been perpetrated by some individuals on the internet who have a financial self-interest in selling an overly-expensive bottled commercial particulate-based colloidal silver product.

The reality is that the ionic form of colloidal silver is the form used in hundreds of clinical studies carried out since the early 1900's. Even Dr. Robert O. Becker's ground-breaking research into the effectiveness of electrically generated silver ions, conducted at Syracuse Medical University during the 1970's and 1980's, attributed the astonishing infection-fighting power of silver to the silver ion, i.e., the ionic form.

What's more, Dr. Becker used a small electrical device that generated very low micro-amps of current in order to produce his silver ions within the human body -- a device very much like the tiny colloidal silver generators used today which also exclusively make the ionic form of colloidal silver ingested by millions of people across North America to fight off or prevent infections, colds, flus, and even help heal serious chronic degenerative diseases."
 

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 boosting immunity support. 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.

 

What about the color of the final product?

An excellent indicator of the quality and particle size of Colloidal Silver is the color.  As the size of each silver particle gets larger, 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 proper electrolysis method 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.

 

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

Many studies indicate that in the range of 1 - 50 ppm (parts per million or mg/l), colloidal silver is highly useful to boost the immune system.  Studies also show that depending upon the method of production usually as the silver ppm increases the particle size typically increases as well. Therefore, low concentrations are typically more effective.  

How does silver naturally get into the body?

We consume silver and many other minerals through the food we eat. So how does silver get into food? In plants silver along with many other minerals are absorbed and transferred into fruits and vegetables through organic soil where living organisms consume and break down the nutrients in the soil into sub-microscopic particles that are absorbed along with water in a colloidal state through the roots of the plant. 

Then of course, by consuming those fruits and vegetables, the colloidal minerals are then transferred through the blood stream to the various tissues of our body.  Hence, we consume silver in a tiny amounts from plants.  We also obtain silver through the consumption of free range meats and wild caught fish.  In fact studies show that wild oysters and many sea weeds are very rich in silver.  

Some researchers suggest that the produce from smaller farms that employ organic and sustainable practices is more rich in minerals like silver because the farms are surrounded by large trees whose roots go deep and absorb many minerals that transfer into the leaves that fall each year and decompose over the winter depositing those minerals into the topsoil for crop enrichment. 

 

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.

Therefore, many people take from one to two tablespoons each day for daily immune system maintenance and larger amounts for short periods of time when their immune system is compromised. Just remember to drink plenty of water especially during the first week because usually large numbers of pathogens are rapidly exterminated within the body and the excretory systems work tirelessly to flush out the dead germs.  

 

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

Aside from the Herxheimer effect (described below), 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 that have been shown to cause the greyish/blue skin condition called Argyria when taken in large doses over long periods of time.

Since ionic colloidal silver kills germs, a detoxifying reaction can occur which is called the Herxheimer effect.  This is a temporary flu-like condition resulting from the overloading of the body's excretory systems caused by the massive die-off of pathogens. Therefore, if you begin to feel run down after first taking or increasing your consumption of colloidal silver, then reduce your intake for a few days and drink more water to aid in the body's detoxification process. 

We cannot over stress the importance of consulting a licensed medical practitioner if you have serious concerns.

 

If it's so great, why have so many never heard of colloidal silver before?

Prior to the discovery of electricity in the late 1800's people who could afford to eat using true silverware and store or drink beverages in silver containers often unknowingly enjoyed many of the healthy benefits of silver.  In the 1920's and 30's, colloidal silver was widely used to treat many infectious diseases for those who could afford it. Unfortunately, at that time colloidal silver was highly costly to produce and retailed for about $100.00 per ounce, so few could afford it. 

With the discovery of Penicillin and other less expensive anti-biotics in the 1930's and 40's, the use of colloidal silver diminished.  Recent breakthroughs in technology and manufacturing that have occurred within the past 40 years have brought the price down so that colloidal silver in now very affordable.

Numerous articles in medical journals of colloidal silver can be found dating before 1940. New articles and clinical trial results are appearing frequently as more people rediscover this safe and effective silver mineral solution.

Of course, many pharmaceutical companies work diligently to prevent people from learning about the many benefits of drinking colloidal silver in order to the protect their profits. 

 

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

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 has silver been used as a germ fighter?

For thousands of years.  Silver is mentioned in the Bible. Royalty stored water in silver vessels in the belief that this water would help them maintain their health. Before refrigeration was invented, a silver dollar was placed in containers of milk to maintain freshness. Silver was used by the wealthy to maintain good health before the advent of penicillin in 1938.  

 

How Long will Colloidal Silver last?

Because the silver particles hold a positive charge, they, like many things, are affected by electromagnetic fields.  If you store colloidal silver in sealed glass containers away from extreme temperatures, electromagnetic fields, and sunlight, then you should expect ionic colloidal silver to keep for many years and perhaps decades without losing its effectiveness. 

Can colloidal Silver be Given to Pets? 

Colloidal Silver can be given alongside other products recommended by your vet to help maintain health and vitality in your pets. Colloidal Silver has shown dramatic results in the case of very young animals such as foals and calves scouring. Given with a syringe by mouth twice daily it has the most beneficial effect.

Cats with absesses may be treated both internally and externally with good results. It has been observed that many animals gain weight and energy following a course of colloidal silver suggesting that their general wellbeing is enhanced.

For larger animals such as horses, symptoms such as coughs and colds, hoof absesses and eye infections respond best by administration of a high dosage for 5 days followed by the daily recommended allowance.

Remember to seek the advice of a registered veterinarian whenever you have questions about your animal's health.