Your Accelerated Silver Questions Answered!
Interestingly I have received these questions a lot more recently.
I’ll address PPM first. Some of you may have heard of PPM before, while for others this may be your first time hearing this term.
PPM stands for “Parts per Million”
The usage of PPM in the Supplement Facts Disclosure Box required on all dietary supplement product labels is legally prohibited, and only product content expressed as weight per recommended dose (i.e., 2 mcg per 2 TSP dosage) is allowed to be published.
Why is using PPM on product labels prohibited?
PPM may be considered misleading because of the tendency of people to associate parts per million with particles per million, causing them to think that the higher the PPM, the more particles per million. In fact, a bottle with only one super large particle could easily have a much higher PPM than the same size bottle with billions of small particles.
PPM and Accelerated Silver®
Unlike other supplement vendors, Accelerated Silver® complies strictly with the spirit of FDA regulations prohibiting the usage of PPM (parts per million).
Most Silver sold in America: 50 mcg or more
Accelerated Silver®: 2 TSP = 10 ml = 2 mcg
Accelerated Silver® contains less than 5% of the silver content of the vast majority of all silver purchased in America today.
What About Silver Ions?
In addition to the particle versus parts per million confusion problem, whenever silver particles are present in water, so are silver ions which are not technically considered particles. Silver ions are atoms or molecules (as opposed to particles composed of hundreds of thousands of atoms) which are chemically dissolved in water.
Ionic silver is not the same as metallic silver nanoparticles. For example, metallic silver is not water soluble (does not dissolve in water) but ionic silver is water soluble (it does dissolve in water).
Technically speaking, a silver ion is an atom or atom cluster of silver that is missing one electron. It is the outermost electrons of an atom that determine the physical properties of matter. Take away one electron from a silver atom and you get a silver ion which is water soluble. Suffice it to say, generically, that all silvers will have some mix of particles (colloids) and ions (positively charged atoms or molecules). Most silver purchased today, similar to Accelerated Silver®, contains significant quantities of ionic silver content in addition to silver particle content.
Which is most effective, silver particles or silver ions?
There is currently much debate over this question. There are serious advocates for the superiority of ionic silver who present theories and data to support their position. There are also serious advocates for the superiority of particle (colloid) silver who also present theories and data to support their position.
The colloidal silver category as defined by the FDA encompasses both ionic and particle forms of silver solution, and due to the lack of quality peer review and scientific consensus, definitive statements regarding which forms of colloidal silver are most effective do not seem possible at this time.