Frequently ask questions
The Tyndall effect (scattering of light by particles in a colloid or in a very fine suspension) will be very minimal or almost non-existent on our colloidal silver, the reason for this is that our filtration system will filter out anything above 0.02 microns. Basically, the size of the silver particles in the solution will be between two silver atoms and 0.02 microns. It's very small and these nanoparticles will not be able to reflect light in any way.
To put that into perspective, an average bacterial cell is 3-5 microns and the average size of a virus is 0.02-0.3 microns.
Colloidal silver that produces a strong Tyndall effect is a sign of poor quality or a sign that no proper filtration was used to filter out large particles.
Colors like gold, amber, brown, yellow, or cloudy indicate either of the following: Refraction of light on large particles. Oxidation at time of manufacture. Chemical reagents or stabilizing additives. Colloidal silver that is not clear in color is an indication of poor quality, and if the manufacturer tries to tell you otherwise, you are being misled. The color of good quality colloidal silver should only be clear.
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Colors like gold, amber, brown, yellow or cloudy is an indication of one or any combination of the following:
Refraction of light off large particles.
Oxidation during the time of manufacture.
Chemical reagents or stabilizing additives.
Colloidal silver that is not clear in color is an indication of poor quality, and if the manufacturer tries to tell you differently, you are being misled. The color of good quality colloidal silver should only be clear in color.
Our filtration system will filter out anything that is bigger than 0.02 micron.
So, to answer your question, the particles sizes range from between two atoms of silver and 0.02 micron.
This is very small, to put this in perspective, an average bacterial cell is 3-5 microns and an average virus size is 0.02-0.3 microns.
When making colloidal silver using electrolysis, portion on the silver content in the water will be in colloidal form and portion will be in ionic form. Study as shown that when producing colloidal silver at room temperature via electrolysis, the silver content ratio is 10 to 20% colloidal and 80 - 90% ionic. When heating the water, this ratio is changed considerably. The hotter the water, the more the silver in colloidal form will be produced. The reason for this is that distilled water is a very poor conductor of electricity, but when you heat the water, it becomes more conductive. By increasing the conductivity of water using heat, we are able to diminish the current going to the silver electrodes to a minimum. This fact will produce the smallest particles possible explaining why our colloidal silver is as clear as water.
In other easier to understand words, when producing colloidal silver at room temperature, you have to push more current between the silver electrodes because of the water poor conductivity, therefore removing larger chunks of silver in the process. The larger silver particles are visible in the yellow spectrum of light, explaining the yellow color of some of the colloidal silver available on the market.
Because silver is very sensitive to light, you must keep it out of the light as much as possible. It is best to store colloidal silver at room temperature in a kitchen or medicine cabinet. It is also recommended to store it away from large electric appliance like microware or oven because the nano-size silver particles are electrically charged.
Do not refrigerate colloidal silver in liquid form.
It is better to keep the colloidal silver gel (green bottles) in the refrigerator if you do not plan to use it all within 3 months from the date of delivery.
The silver particles size is very important in colloidal silver. The smaller the particles, the more surface area it will cover. To put this in perspective, One ppm is equivalent to 1 milligram of something per liter of liquid (mg/l). So, if you have a 1 milligram (mg) particle or 1 thousand particles at 1 microgram (µg) (or 1/1000mg) each, in one liter of water, the silver content would be 1ppm in both solutions. The second colloidal silver solution will be more effective because it will be able to attack one thousand pathogens compare to just one
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