The History of Silver
A Natural Wonder
Silver is a natural element that can be found in whole grains, edible and medicinal mushrooms, mammalian milk, spring water, sea water and tap water. Used medicinally for more than 2,000 years, silver has played an integral role in safeguarding human health.
Ancient Greece, Egypt, Macedonia, Phoenicia and Rome used silver to keep the immune function strong. Ancient civilizations learned that silver possessed powerful anti-microbial effects. Phoenicians stored water, wine and vinegar in silver bottles to prevent spoiling.
Hippocrates, the “father of medicine,” wrote in his medical texts that silver had beneficial healing and anti-disease properties, and he praised silver for its tissue repair and wound healing abilities.
Silver was one of the few antimicrobial treatments available before the discovery of antibiotic drugs. By the 1800s, silver nitrate was used to treat wounds and skin ulcers. In 1852, it was discovered that using fine silver wires for sutures helped heal repaired flesh.
In America’s Old West, silver coins were dropped into drinking water barrels for protection against water-borne illness, and during the Civil War, silver was used to treat syphilis.
In the 1880s, the use of silver nitrate in the eyes of newborn infants to prevent post-delivery infections was introduced. Colloidal Silver was first discovered in the 1890’s.
By the 1930s, Colloidal silver was the preferred choice of physicians for empowering the immune system and supporting the body’s innate healing process.
Silver was used to treat infections on the World War I battlefields, but medicinal usage of silver declined with the advent of antibiotics shortly thereafter.
Silver based Sulfadiazine has been the standard of care in burn centers worldwide since 1968.
Today, silver is experiencing a resurgence as consumers seek out more natural ways to support their health and well-being.
Sovereign Silver and Argentyn 23 are leading the way with unparalleled products for both internal and external use for the consumer and professional markets, respectively.
In 2017, after years of consumers asking for it, we launched Sovereign Silver Kids and Sovereign Silver Pets, meaning that every member of the family can now benefit from the power of silver – because family is everything.
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