All Sovereign Silver products carry a 3-year expiration date, supported by evidence from stability studies. This means that even at the 3-year mark, a silver content analysis would still show a reading of at least 10 ppm (label claim). Over time, the concentration may decrease gradually as the silver adheres to (or adsorbs onto) the inside of the glass bottle or the surfaces of the closure system. It is always best to consume the product by (or before) the expiration date.
While many Practitioners may recommend off label use of dietary supplement products to include silver hydrosol, Sovereign Silver is required by the FDA and FTC to only label and recommend our products within the guidelines of DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994), and therefore can only advise for oral ingestion for the structure/function claim of Immune Support* and not any specific ailment or symptom.
Our silver product tastes like water, although sometimes people report detecting a faint metallic taste. This faint metallic taste might feel stronger, usually due to the pH of the mouth when the product was ingested. For example, if you recently drank coffee, which is highly acidic, you might be more apt to detect the faint metallic taste.
If Sovereign Silver ever tastes stronger (bitter/sour/pungent) than “water with faint metallic taste,” the primary reason would probably be due to metabolic changes, such as acidic saliva, most likely due to changes in diet or from dietary choices, both of which could result in a change in the pH of your saliva. Secondary issues could be leaching of metals from dental amalgams. However, leaching usually only occurs when the saliva is acidic, thus pointing back to a dietary change. You can easily find lists of alkaline foods on the internet.
Organoleptic (taste & odor) tests are part of our batch release parameters. Our product is manufactured the same exact way with the same exact components, each and every time, and we have never released a “bad” batch.
Sovereign Silver Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol is made of just two ingredients: 99.999% pure silver and pharmaceutical-grade purified water. Our particle size is so small (as small as 0.8 nanometers) that we have the lowest concentration with the most efficacy*. At 10 ppm, you will most likely only taste water!
Mild Silver Proteins (MSP) contain silver in a bound, or compounded form, thereby leaving less available for desirable interaction within the body.
Silver proteins are not necessary for the body to receive the immune supportive benefits of silver. In fact, binding silver into protein compounds actually limits their supportive interaction within the body. Learn more about the various Types of Silver. Why take higher concentrations of mostly inactive silver to achieve the same efficacy one finds in silver hydrosol, with > 98% bioactive silver?
More is not always better. What makes one silver product more effective than another is not its PPM but rather its particle size, charge (not neutral) and purity. The smaller the particle, the more bioavailable it becomes, and the greater the surface area available for conversion to bioactive silver while within the body.
Read Myths About Silver to learn more.
Over the past few decades, the term colloidal silver has been dramatically polluted by manufacturers that produce (knowingly or unknowingly) silver products contaminated by the presence of salts, proteins, compounds and stabilizers, all of which serve to degrade and diminish the bioactivity of the silver.
Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol is a mixture of silver ions and silver nanoclusters as small as 0.8 nm in size. It is not to be confused with “ionic silver,” which means by definition that the product should be comprised entirely of silver ions.
Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol is composed of only 2 ingredients: 99.999% pure silver and USP 23, the United States Pharmacopeial monograph for pharmaceutical grade purified water. It represents a unique blend of the most active and effective species of silver (positively charged silver ions and the smallest type of silver nanoparticles called nanoclusters) at such low concentration as to present no fear of toxicity*.
A Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol has the smallest particles and highest charge ratio of any colloidal silver product, and so represents the ultimate refinement of the colloidal silver category. Learn more about the various Types of Silver and what makes a silver hydrosol different.
Silver hydrosol is a mixture of positively charged silver ions and silver nanoclusters (particles <5 nm). Larger particles (>5 nm) lead to visible yellow color, and more particles absorb more light. Darker color is an indication of one or more of the following: Large particles that reflect or absorb visible light, compounds (salts or proteins), reduction of bio-active silver ions, or other impurities. A smaller particle is desirable due to surface area – and if visible color is an indication of larger particles, then visible color is your visual cue to less effective (larger particles) products.
To learn more, read Myths About Silver.
Surface area is of utmost importance, since the conversion from neutral metal to positively charged bio-active silver happens at the surface of the particle. Only the outermost layer or two of atoms on the nanoparticle surface will be able to convert during circulation in the body before excretion. Imagine having a large onion that weighs 1 pound, and having a basket full of many small shallots that weighs 1 pound. Only the outer layer of the onion or the shallots can be peeled off and used. The many shallots have far more material on the surface, making that a better choice. This is analogous to what happens in the body. Only the outer layer of atoms of the silver particle can be peeled off and converted into bio-active silver, before the remaining particle is excreted. A smaller particle size gives greater surface area and greater potential to convert into bio-active silver.
To learn more, read Myths About Silver.
People have been taught in high school and college freshman chemistry that silver ions react with chloride ions to form water insoluble silver chloride. But in advanced courses in chemistry, one further learns that in the presence of large excesses of chloride ion, such as that found in stomach acid and/or blood, the silver exists as a water soluble complex ion containing 2 chloride ions per silver ion. Since this is water soluble, it can be readily absorbed through the stomach if necessary. Now, while the strength of the complex ion formed by the reaction of silver with the two chloride ions is enough to prevent precipitation, it is also not enough to prevent the silver from its normal ability. There is no loss in effectiveness*.
Under the Dietary Supplement Health Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), dietary supplements may only be marketed for children 4 years and older. See your health care practitioner for use with children under 4.
Silver is naturally found as a trace element in foods such as wheat, mammalian breast milk, and mushrooms, as well as natural waters. People on “free from” diets, such as gluten-free, dairy-free, or nut-free may not get the typical trace quantities found in the diet. Furthermore, silver is recognized by Canada as a trace mineral necessary for the maintenance of health.
To learn more, read Myths About Silver.
No, refrigeration is not required or recommended for any of our products. We only recommend keeping the product away from sources of electromagnetic energy (microwaves, electrical outlets) and direct sunlight. Product should not be stored in a freezer either.
The product will not be damaged if exposed to high temperatures (under 125 degrees Fahrenheit) for short periods. It is not advised to store the product in a car during the summer, where temperatures can exceed this for prolonged periods