FAQ’s - Silver Hydrosol
What is the role of Silver in the body?
Silver is one of the heavy metals found in nature in metallic form or salts such as sulfide, chloride and nitrate. Metallic and insoluble silver compounds are not absorbed by the body and are excreted unchanged. Silver plays no role in the body and has no trace metal value. Its main use is as an antimicrobial agent.
The average daily intake of silver was 10 - 100 mcg/day before the soils became depleted. Currently the typical American diet including water contains 7.1 ug per day. If Silver is used as bacteriostatic agent in drinking water the levels will be much higher.
The EPA states that it is safe to ingest 350 ug daily.
What is Argentyn-23 Silver Hydrosol (SH)?
We use only Argentyn-23 for Silver. It is the professional grade silver hydrosol 99.999% pure, used by physicians. It is suspended in pharmaceutical grade distilled water and 98% positively charged (Ag+). It contains the smallest particles (0.8 nM) and is preservative and additive free. Nor does it contain any salts or proteins. One teaspoon contains 115 mcg of silver. S.H does not produce any toxicity compared to older forms of colloidal silver.
How is Silver absorbed and excreted?
Silver may be absorbed via the G.I tract, lungs, mucosa and skin lesions.The absorption rate when orally administered is about 5-10%. The absorption takes place in the first few feet of small intestine. The blood levels rise for 3-4 h after ingestion and then taper off.
Silver is not absorbed into brain or nervous tissue but is bound as inert precipitates in lysosomal vacuoles of the blood brain barrier and blood-CSF barrier
In blood silver is bound to globulins. Only 2-4% is retained in the tissues. In tissues it is seen in cytosolic fractions bound to metallothionein, a group of proteins that bind heavy metals.
In the body silver is stored mainly in liver and skin. Silver ions possess a high affinity for the thiol groups in the liver.
The biliary route of excretion predominates over the urinary route but urinary silver measurement may provide a convenient index of silver absorption by all rout
What is the half-life of Silver?
The biological half-life in humans (liver) ranges from a few to 50 days The liver excretes most of what is absorbed.
Does Silver help general health and well-being?
Dr. Robert Becker M.D, the author of “the Body Electric” noticed a correlation between silver and health. People with higher levels of silver had a higher frequency of good health. He believed silver produces a stronger immune system.
The anti-inflammatory effects of silver nitrate or nanocrystalline silver have been recognised experimentally in wound care, treatment of allergic contact dermatitis, ulcerative colitis and cystitis
How does small particle size of S.H help?
S.H acts mainly by its Oligodynamic effect or the biocidal effect of very small particles of silver even in very low concentrations. This effect is used to prevent spoilage of water for prolonged usage as in space flight.
Ionized (Ag+), not metallic, silver produces the therapeutic effect of binding to the microbial cell wall. Ionisation of metallic silver is proportional to the surface area of particles; release of Ag+ from nanocrystalline particles of 20 nm being more than one-hundred-fold higher than that from silver foil or other metallic silver forms.
Studies show that oligodynamic silver has 10-100 times more antimicrobial action than silver sulfadiazine used in burn treatment.
Nanoparticles enhance the bioavailability of silver compared to the old colloidal preparations. Taking one teaspoon of S.H will give 115 ug of silver.
The three factors determining the oligodynamic (biocidal effect in very low concentration) action of Silver are:
What is the mode of action of S.H?
The biological activity of silver nanoparticles is one of being a catalyst and it remains unchanged from its original form (nanoparticles). Acting as a catalyst it disables the enzymes that the microbes need for their oxygen metabolism. It reacts primarily with the microbe’s cell wall blocking their ability to transfer O2 and without causing any harm to the enzymes or parts of the human body chemistry as they are radically different from those of single-celled primitive organisms. Another mechanism by which S.H inhibits microbial growth is by the binding of its positive charge with the negative charge on the pathogen, thus preventing its reproduction.
Unlike antibiotics, silver does not produce bacterial resistance.
The antimicrobial efficacy of silver in medical devices, clothing, wound dressings, and so forth is directly proportional to the release of Ag+ and its availability to interact with cell membranes leading to lethality and inactivation of toxins produced. Burrell has clearly identified the ionizing properties of metallic silver and silver compounds and shown that nanocrystalline particles (20 nm diameter) exhibit a solubility of 70–100 gmL-1,
Does S.H destroy or affect the “good bacteria” in our body?
In a series of recent experiments with colloidal silver by H. Mitchell (U of virginia) and others it was found that S.H has no effect on acidophilus bacteria in the stomach. In fact concentrations as high as 40 times to destroy disease-producing microbes did not have any bactericidal effect on intestinal flora. It is thought that S.H may be advantageous in stimulating vigorous growth of beneficial bacteria that boost immune system.
How is the antimicrobial properties of S.H used?
Until 1938 colloidal silver was the choice of physicians for bactericidal effects and empowering the immune system. With the recent surge in natural ways of healing, Silver hydrosol is becoming very popular.
Silver is a unique healing agent and has no interactions with drugs. Its antimicrobial properties are exploited for many uses.
Is Silver Harmful to Humans ?
Unlike other heavy metals such as lead and mercury, silver is not toxic to humans and is not known to cause cancer, reproductive or neurological damage, or other chronic adverse effects. Nor has normal day-to-day contact with solid silver coins, spoons or bowls been found to affect human health. Silver should not be regarded as a cumulative poison (W. Zheng et al).
Numerous studies have demonstrated that there is a total lack of toxicity related to the use of modern silver colloids, like S.H, even in doses that are over tens of thousands times normal standard doses. Silver’s effect on the mammalian cell system was studied by culturing bone marrow cells in the silver treated nutrient broth. No toxic effects on bone marrow cells were found but rather a slight improvement in functioning of the bone marrow as demonstrated by a slight but significant improvement in neutrophils
If your body is extremely ill or toxic, do not be in a hurry to clear up everything at once by silver. If pathogens are killed off too quickly, the body's five eliminatory channels (liver, kidneys, skin, lungs and bowel) may be temporarily overloaded, causing flu-like symptoms, headache, extreme fatigue, dizziness, nausea or aching muscles.
Prolonged exposure to silver dust as in chronic occupational exposure or rarely to the silver compounds in medicines or supplements can result in a permanent blue-gray staining of the eyes, nose, mouth, throat and skin. This blue-gray staining is known as “argyria.” Aside from its permanent cosmetic effect, argyria is not believed to pose any other risk to human health. Oligodynamic silver does not cause argyria.
What are the government standards on Silver?
There is no one standard and guidelines vary depending on the government agency making the recommendations. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that the concentration of silver in public drinking water supplies not exceed one milligram per liter of water — one part per million
What are some of the references?
1. Alan B.G Lansdown: A pharmacological and toxicological profile of silver as an antimicrobial agent in medical devices: Advances in pharmacological sciences Vol 2010 Article I.D 810686
3 W. Zheng, M. Aschner, and J.-F. Ghersi-Egea, “Brain barrier systems: a new frontier in metal neurotoxicological research,” Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, vol. 192, no. 1, pp. 1–11, 2003
- Duhamel B. Electric metal colloids and their therapeutical applications. Lancet. Jan 13;1912:89-90. 8. Barranco SD, Spadaro JA, Berger TJ
- Rentz E. Viral Patogens and Svere Acute Respiratiory Syndorme: Oligodynamic Ag+ for direct Immune Intervention. Journal of Nutritional & Enviromental medicine June 2003;13(2):109-118. 11.