Virginality – Nitrate

SNO™ has zero Nitrates, zero bacteria and non detected chemical toxins.(see NSF lab test USA Dec 2012)

What are nitrates?

Nitrates are a chemical compound- symbol NO3- necessary to sustain plant life.
NO3 delivers essential nitrogen to plants. To increase plant size and output , nitrogen fertilizers are used. Nitrates are then often carried by rain, irrigation, and other surface waters through the soil and into the ground water through a process known as “leaching”. Nitrogen fertilizers are the #1 source in drinking water.

Nitrate levels in drinking water are considered an absolute indicator of overall water quality, along with bacterial infiltration and presence of chemical toxins.

Elevated nitrate content also suggests the likelihood of other contaminants. These include disease-causing micro-organisms, pesticides and various inorganic and organic compounds known responsible for serious health problems.

What nitrate-nitrogen levels are safe and desirable?

The maximum safe level of nitrate-nitrogen in drinking water is 10mg/L, ( commonly written as “mg/L” and synonymous with parts per million). The equivalent of 10mg/L of nitrate-nitrogen, expressed as NO3 nitrate, is 50mg/L. Levels above this can affect an adult and could potentially lead to a fatal blood disorder in infants under 6 months of age.

Both the WHO of the United Nations and US and state regulations, recommend a MAXIMUM nitrate-nitrogen no higher than 10mg/L

The ideal level in human drinking water for nitrate-nitrogen or nitrate is 0mg/L, which is what SNO™ has because its water comes from a glacier , so fertilizer runoff can not affect the ice above the ground.

What are the biggest risks

Infants: Methemoglobinemia, commonly know as “blue baby syndrome” can occur in infants under six months if nitrate –nitrogen levels are greater than 10mg/L. Physiologically, nitrates are reduced to nitrites in the stomach. Nitrite enters the bloodstream and binds to hemoglobin, changing it to met hemoglobin. The effect is interference with the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to the body tissues. A baby with methemoglobinemia literally turns blue because his tissues are starved for oxygen as he is slowly being suffocated. Vomiting, diarrhea and labored breathing are symptomatic of milder presentations before actual cyanosis (the turning blue-gray of skin, lips and nails ) occurs.

Pregnancy: There is a proven correlation between birth defects and high nitrate levels in the carrying mother. Pregnant women must avoid drinking water with nitrate-nitrogen levels greater than 10mg/L.

Cancer: Studies suggest a potential link between high nitrates in drinking water and an increased incidence of gastrointestinal cancer.

What can you do about it?

Know what your are drinking. Don’t fool yourself. Maybe you are under the impression that water softners purify for nitrates. They do not. You might think that boiling water is a means to destroy nitrates. It isn’t.

The only way to guarantee you are drinking low-nitrate water is to get the water from a guaranteed source. Like SNO™, glacier water.