One of the most useful health aids we have, in Canada and US, is NSP Silver Solution.
In the US there are several products, with various names: Silver Shield with AqualSol, Silver Shield Gel
In Canada there are two, Silver Guard (which is really FAR more than a mouthwash, a ‘Health’ Canada enforced label) and Silver Shield Gel.
There are slight differences in ppm of Silver and FDA/HC labelling, but all basically offer the same benefits and applications.
Since 2008, I have been asked many times to explain the difference between these Silver Solutions and the well known Colloidal Silver, so this article is well over-due. Since we have had access to these stellar health aids, we have had many success stories and we believe every household should always have a stock of these. We never leave our home for any trips without at least a tube of Silver Gel.
Nature’s Sunshine Silver is made by Aqua Sol Technology using a patented process with strict quality control to verify potency and purity. The result is fine, bioavailable, nano-particle sized colloids.
What’s the advantage of Silver Shield?
This Silver is processed by the kidneys, does not affect populations of beneficial bacteria in the colon like pharmaceutical antibiotics, and cannot accumulate in the body or skin to create Argyria or argyrosis or “blue skin”, a permanent skin discoloration caused by excess silver accumulation; often a problem with homemade colloids or inexpensive deals found online. In other words, NSP Silver is safe.
Learn why it is also more effective:
Liquid (Colloidal) Silver Silver Sol
5 – 10 ppm concentration 18 – 24 ppm
110 V DC used in manufacture 10,000 V AC used in manufacture
One silver particle kills one pathogen One particle kills many pathogens
Conventional colloidal technology New and patented AquaSol technology
Kills bacteria by one method Kills bacteria and viruses 3 ways
Works metabolically in body Works catabolically in body
Silver (Ag) is ionic and is Silver (Ag) is bonded to water
separate molecule and is one unit
How Does Silver Solution Work?
As mentioned above, Silver Shield/Silver Guard works by 3 separate mechanisms to stop the growth and spread of harmful pathogens. Peer studies have shown Aquasol silver to be effective on over 600 bacteria, viruses, yeast and fungus, including Malaria, MRSA, Avian flu, limb regrowth, Swine flu, burns, Lyme & MS
- Silver Oxide
The silver oxide coating of the nano-particle kills bacteria by pulling away one of the electrons on the bacteria cell membrane, which contributes to the rupture of the membrane and ultimate death of the cell. This is also how the older generation Liquid Silver worked, but in the case of Liquid Silver, once the silver oxide had pulled an electron away from the bacteria cell, it stopped functioning. The new Silver Shield has a double + charge on the silver molecule (explanation in FAQs below). This double charge, coupled with the fact that the silver in Silver Shield exists as a core of pure silver metal with an oxide coating on the outside, allows for this reaction to regenerate itself, so that one silver particle kills many bacteria, instead of just one bacteria.
The silver particles in Silver Shield resonate at a frequency of 890 – 910 THz. This is the exact same frequency used in blue germicidal lights in laboratories. The silver sol nano-particles are small enough to get in close proximity to a virus or bacteria. The “good vibrations” of their resonant frequency will rupture the bacterial or viral cells without damaging surrounding healthy tissue.
- Magnetic Viral DNA Disruption
Silver Shield works by its electromagnetic charge. The silver nano-particle is magnetically attracted to the virus and overpowers its DNA, rendering the virus impotent and unable to replicate. Viral DNA has a slight magnetic charge while healthy DNA does not, so healthy cells remain unaffected by the Silver Shield.
The Silver Shield is a liquid product that can be applied via mister, nasal sprayer, atomizer, inhaler, dropper, teaspoon (swallowing for internal applications) or topically. It is safe for all applications and is safe for children.
Silver Shield Gel has all of the benefits of the liquid except that it provides 24 ppm of silver instead of 18 ppm. It is for topical use.
There has been a great deal of interest in this product since its launch, and many success stories – see Silver Archives. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What are the ingredients of Silver Shield?
Silver Shield is manufactured solely from high purity water and high purity silver metal, with no other ingredients involved.
Q: How is the gel manufactured? What are the extra ingredients in it?
Silver Shield Gel is manufactured by taking the Silver Shield solution and adding a gelling agent and triethanolamine. The gelling agent is declared on the label by its INCI name, acrylates\C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer (we are required by law to declare cosmetic ingredients by their INCI nomenclature). The triethanolamine acts as a surfactant (emulsifying agent) to keep the gel stable under all conditions.
Q: How is the silver oxide coating created?
The patented manufacturing process causes very small silver particles to be formed – about 90% between 0.05 microns and 0.15 microns – and the high energy environment in which they are formed causes these particles to acquire a surface layer of a multi-valent silver oxide (empirical formula AgO, molecular formula Ag4O4). The product may also contain a small amount of ionic silver (as silver nitrate) and a few particles larger than 0.15 microns. (A micron is one-millionth of a meter).
Q: How can the silver have a 2+ charge? I thought silver had only a 1+ charge?
Purely ionic silver compounds such as silver nitrate or silver chloride occur with silver having a 1+ charge. As mentioned in explaining how the silver oxide coating is created, the molecular formula for the oxide is Ag4O4, translating to an empirical formula of AgO. Oxygen occurs with a 2- charge, so in order to achieve electrical balance, the silver in this case must have a 2+ charge.
Q: Is Silver Shield a colloidal silver or not?
The best scientific description of this complex mixture is a hydrosol. Most of it could accurately be described as a colloid, and up to two or three percent of the silver may exist in ionic form.
Q: The Silver Shield label has a warning about thyroid medications and antibiotics. Can someone take Silver Shield if they are already taking these medications?
When we first developed the label for the Canadian market we consulted several different sources of information for contraindications, warnings and known risks, keeping in mind that Health Canada is overly cautious in requiring this kind of information on our product labels.
We found reliable scientific databases that advised there was a theoretical concern that colloidal silver products could interfere with the absorption of both thyroid and antibiotic medications.
The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database’s monograph for silver issues cautions against concomitant use with levothyroxine (synthroid) and certain antibiotics. These cautions are all based on theoretical consideration of the pharmacology of colloidal silver. In each case, the caution is that taking silver with these medications at the same time could reduce the absorption of the medication, making it less effective. The US parent does not advertise these cautions on their label and the US and Canadian products are exactly the same. We know from Dr. Pederson’s presentation that the silver actually makes antibiotics more effective. We still felt it was best to put this warning on the label to begin with, since Health Canada would most likely require us to add it before a product licence was granted (our Product Licence Application is under review as of this writing). The best advice at this time is that in order to avoid any possible interactions, patients should take the Silver Shield and their thyroid or antibiotic medications two hours apart.
Q: Is Silver Shield safe for pregnant or nursing mothers? There is a warning on the label against this.
Information presented during the product launch would seem to indicate that the Silver Shield would be acceptable for use in these cases. However, medical databases we have consulted advise caution, saying there is inadequate testing of silver compounds in these cases. That is also the standard position of Health Canada. It is somewhat paradoxical, because no pregnant or nursing mother will ever volunteer herself as a test subject to find out if some ingredient or product is harmful to herself or her child. So it is unlikely that ‘adequate testing’ will ever happen. Almost ALL pharmaceuticals state that they are not tested on pregnant or lactating women or children or the elderly, yet they are prescribed frequently to these groups.
Our best advise is to consult your health care professional in these cases.
Q: If I take too much silver, will I turn blue?
No. The famous “blue man” who made the news in early 2008 was making his own silver solution at home and drinking it every day for many years. There are many internet sites that advertise “Make your own silver solution” as well. We would strongly advise our customers not to do that, and to leave the manufacture of these products to the professionals. In the case of home-made products, there would be a lack of quality control to say the least!
Q: Is the silver toxic?
No. Upon ingestion, silver compounds are known to clear out of the body by 90 to 99% by the second day after ingestion. Silver Sol TM passes through the body via the urine with no toxic metabolites. Research suggests you would have to take Silver Shield every day for more than 200 years before it built up to exceed .05mg/kg.
Q: Is the silver organic?
No. By definition, metallic elements and their oxides are not organic.