What is Germanium?
Germanium is a white, lustrous, brittle metal and ultra-trace mineral that was discovered by Clemens Alexander Winkler in 1886.
Organic and inorganic germanium
There are two forms of germanium: inorganic, which is used in manufacturing processes and known to pose health risks to humans, and organic, which has been found to be health protective to animals and humans.Both are sold as supplements. Organic germanium is a man-made blend of germanium, carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Common names include germanium-132 (Ge-132) and germanium sesquioxide.
Inorganic germanium is generally considered toxic. It’s usually sold under the names germanium dioxide and germanium-lactate-citrate.
The organic germanium compound can be regarded without exaggeration as an effective means of combating almost any disease. Nonetheless, for assuring its efficacy and the health of the body, the following two conditions have to be met. One is to keep a well balanced diet in order to maintain the acid alkali equilibrium of the body fluids. The other is to relieve stress to keep a stable mental state for maintaining the equilibrium of the autonomic nervous system. – Kazuhiko Asai, PhD
Foods that contain germanium
Japanese researcher, Dr. Asai who dedicated more than thirty years to the investigation of germanium, found out that some plants and mineral waters that are well known for their therapeutic properties also contain relatively high concentrations of germanium. The list includes
- aloe vera,
- chlorella algae,
- pearl barley
- shiitake mushrooms.
Health benefits of germanium
Unlike its non-organic counterpart which causes serious damage to kidneys, organic germanium is well known for its health benefits. The research shows that organic germanium
- stimulates immune system and activates body’s own defense mechanisms
- normalizes many physiological imbalances including blood pressure and serum cholesterol
- fights free radicals
- helps detoxify the body
- chelates heavy metals
- protects against radiation
- rejuvenates blood vessels
- improves blood circulation
- improves vision
- relieves chronic pain and inflammation
- increases the flow of oxygen in the body
- improves skin conditions if applied topically as an ointment
Germanium as a part of cancer therapy
“Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by the abnormal process of the cancer cell.” – Otto Warburg
Since organic germanium is known to enhance the oxygen supply to the cells, it may be considered the supplement of choice in cancer prevention and in cancer therapy.
In a landmark intervention study, a 47-year-old female with pulmonary cancer refused further medical treatment. After seven months of treatment with Germanium Sesquioxide (7.2 g/day with dose reduced toward the last month), she became cancer-free.
Suggested preventive daily dose of organic germanium is 100 mg. If needed the dose can be increased gradually to 1000mg per day. Dr. Asai administered a daily dose of 1000-2500 mg daily to seriously ill patients. Organic germanium is considered to be non-toxic and can be taken over a longer period of time. It is normally dispelled from the body via the digestive and the urinary tracts within twenty to thirty hours after ingestion.
It is important to remember, however, that organic germanium accelerates the detoxification processes and may cause Herxhaimer** reaction in sensitive individuals if taken in very high doses.
Germanium has been associated with a variety of side effects, some of which are very serious.
Germanium and kidney damage
Germanium can break down your kidney tissue, causing kidney damage. In some cases, germanium can even cause chronic kidney failure and death. Due to these risks, most doctors recommend avoiding supplements that contain it. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has banned the import of germanium-containing products that are promoted as drugs or dietary supplements.
Other risks of using germanium
Germanium can cause toxic side effects. For example, it can damage your liver and nerves. Taking products that contain germanium may cause:
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- nausea and vomiting
- muscle weakness
- problems with your muscle coordination
- problems with your peripheral nerves
- elevated liver enzymes
Researchers are still looking into the benefits of germanium. Until they identify the active ingredients and develop a form of the chemical that’s safe to take, the risks probably outweigh the benefits. While you can still purchase some organic germanium products in the United States, evidence suggests that germanium may be more menace than miracle.
This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease. Please, consult a certified health care provider before commencing supplementation.