Ionic Silver Colloids
Are the most reactive. Due to being positive charged ions, it is eager to bind with different atoms or molecules of negative/neutral charge. This makes it ideal for external use and very effective at treating a host of ailments. However when taken internally, ionic silver will bind wiith chloride in the stomach producing a harmful molecule of Silver Chloride. Ionic binds with Selenium and Sulfur as well, leading to a pigmentation in the skin (Argyria) if taken in extreme doses over long periods of time. A search for Argyria on the net will result in pictures of people that have severely overdosed themselves with ionic products. However this speaks volumes of the safety of silver products given that even severely overdosing themselves did not lead to immediate toxic shock and/or death. In the bottle ionic silver is susceptible to sunlight, temperature fluctuations, and electro-magnetic frequencies, agglomerating quickly into large particles. While 10 ppm is the maximum saturation point at which ions of silver will suspend without a reducing agent, due to imperfect conditions, ions of silver will usually begin to agglomerate upwards of 4ppm. This is what we found in health food store products. A clear ionic product of only 4 ppm with limited effectiveness.
Metallic Silver Colloids
A bit of a misnomer as there is usually an amount of ionic as well as metallic in varying ratios. Using heat to reduce the ion to a metallic state with some being reduced and others staying in ionic form. This type will agglomerate but less quickly than purely ionic. It should not be taken internally over long periods of time, however if needed can be ingested in an emergency. There is a slight metallic taste.
Reduced Silver Colloids
Reduced and stabilized by a food grade ingredient to get the silver past the stomach and into the intestines before the molecule is passed into the blood is ideal. Maltodextrin, Sodium Citrate, Corn Syrup, and a host of others have been tried. There is the least amount of plating on the cathode during the process, which means the most silver is being reduced and stabilized. It can be made quite concentrated, over 300ppm strength has been achieved in tests.
Colloidal Silver Ascorbate
This is our preferred method of reducing the silver ion into the most effective and yet safest state possible. There is a synergistic effect between the silver and sodium ascorbate. This works best in the body and produces the smallest particle sizes/largest surface area. The purest Class 1 deionized water is required and the purest Sodium Ascorbate solution is used to seed the water before electrolysis.
The result is a yellow light refraction, indicating a particle size of between 0.01 and 0.001 micron in size.
With all of the benefits of other reducing agents and none of the drawbacks we have settled on this method of manufacturing over all else.
Colloidal Silver & Gold is a different process again and requires absolute purity for success. Ascorbic Acid (vit c) is used to seed the solution before hand. The results are extremely small particle size. So small in fact that the gold portion is almost clear. This indicates particle size in the 1.6 angstrom or one atom size. For comparison the ruby red colloidal gold is in the 300 angstrom range. The nano sized particles in the red colloidal gold are still small enough to do their job in the body however the surface area of the harmonized product is 100 times more per miligram of gold