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Germanium is an element, a mineral. Small amounts of organic germanium are found in some plant-based foods. Inorganic germanium is mined and widely used as a semiconductor in the electronics industry.
Both organic and inorganic germanium have been sold as dietary supplements, though the organic forms are more commonly used today. Germanium in nutritional supplement form is also known as bis(2-carboxyethylgermanium sesquioxide), Germanium biscarboxyethyl sesquioxide-132, and Ge-132. Ge-132 is a synthetic form of organic germanium, a form not found in nature.
Other names for dietary Germanium include: Germanium Sesquioxide, Germanium Lactate Citrate, Vitamin O, organic germanium, and Sanumgerman. Several other forms of organic and inorganic germanium exist. Organic Germanium is a trace mineral/element that is essential for a long, healthy life. Scientific studies over the past three decades have shown that Germanium plays a vital role as an oxygen catalyst, an antioxidant, a detoxifier, an immune stimulant and an adaptogen- a substance that does not cure, but helps the body help itself.
Organic Germanium is found in mineral rocks, rare earths, rare waters such as Lourdes and Honshu, healing plants such as Aloe, Garlic, Shiitake Mushrooms, Comfrey, Chlorella, as well as in herbs such as Shelf Fungus, Wild Ginseng, Sanzukon, Suma, Angelica, and Waternut.
GERMANIUM HEALTH BENEFITS, USES & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE
GERMANIUM DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS
Below are some possible symptoms of a Germanium deficiency:
- Cancer (Breast, Lung, Bladder)
- Cardiac Insufficiency
- Neurotic Disorders
- Hepatic Cirrhosis
- Softening of Brain Tissue
Positive Health: Germanium - The Health & Life Enhancer by Sandra Goodman, PH.D
CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE & CANCER TREATMENTS WITH GERMANIUM
According to American Cancer Society, proponents claim Germanium can be used to treat leukemia and cancers of the lung, bladder, larynx, breast, and uterus. They also claim it can help neurosis, asthma, diabetes, hypertension, cardiac insufficiency, Parkinson disease, neuralgia, chronic fatigue, hepatitis, and cirrhosis of the liver. Supporters say that germanium stimulates the body's production of interferon, a naturally occurring anti-cancer agent, and helps the immune system by boosting the activity of natural killer cells (a type of white blood cell), which attack invading germs. Available scientific evidence does not support these claims.
Available scientific evidence does not support claims that Germanium supplements are effective in preventing or treating cancer in humans, and there are numerous reports showing that they may be harmful. A study conducted by the FDA reported that supplements containing germanium present a potential hazard to humans. As a result, the FDA has banned its import as a food supplement. However, the amount of germanium naturally found in foods does not appear to be toxic.
American Cancer Society (ACS): Germanium
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Germanium improves tissue oxygenation because it acts as an oxygen carrier to cells. Dr. Otto Warburg, a Nobel Prize winning biochemist, stated that germanium helped to increase the delivery of oxygen to cells. He believed that boosting the oxygen supply to healthy cells slowed the growth of tumors.
Germanium also helps fight pain. It keeps immune system functioning properly and rids the body of toxins and poisons. Germanium improves cellular oxygenation. This helps to fight pain, keep the immune system functioning properly, and rid the body of toxins and poisons. Researchers have shown that consuming foods containing organic germanium is an effective way to increase tissue oxygenation, because, like hemoglobin, germanium acts as a carrier of oxygen to the cells.
A Japanese scientist, Kazuhiko Asai, began investigating the biological properties of Germanium after reading reports from Russia, which said that the mineral had tremendous therapeutic value. In 1969, Dr. Asai founded the Asai Germanium Research Institute. He reported that he had developed a process for producing germanium that was chemically identical to the germanium extracted from plants. He found that an intake of 100 to 300 mg of germanium per day improved many illnesses, including rheumatoid arthritis, food allergies, elevated cholesterol, candidiasis, chronic viral infections, cancer, and AIDS.
GERMANIUM DIETARY SOURCES
Germanium is found in all organic material, of both plant and animal origin. The following foods contain the greatest concentrations of germanium: Broccoli, Celery, Garlic, Shiitake Mushrooms, Milk, Onions, Rhubarb, Sauerkraut, Tomato juice.
The herbs Aloe Vera, Chlorella, Comfrey, Garlic, Ginseng, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Suma.
GERMANIUM DOSAGE INFORMATION
Germanium is best obtained through the diet. However, supplementation works well for the conditions listed earlier.
It is important to use organic Germanium or Germanium biscarboxyethyl sesquioxide-132 (Ge132), which are the safest forms. Germanium dioxide and Germanium lactate citrate are inferior versions that can be dangerous to your health and could cause death. Germanium supplements are available in capsules ranging from 35 to 500 milligrams (mg), as well as in powdered form. There is no standardized dose. These supplements are available in health food stores and over the Internet.
You should consult your health care provider before starting any type of supplemental and/or dietary therapy, especially if you have health-related issues or are taking medications for any type of ailment. Consider consulting with a Naturopathic practitioner if you wish to pursue a holistic approach to germanium supplemental therapy.
Talk with your caregiver about how much Germanium you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Germanium. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.
Germanium may interfere with certain other medicines, and may make seizures worse. Drugs that can damage the kidneys may be more likely to cause harm if taken with germanium. Do not take Germanium without talking to your doctor first if you are taking water pills (examples: furosemide (Lasix), torsemide (Demadex).
Very little testing during pregnancy has been reported, but at least one form of germanium caused ill effects on fetuses in animal tests. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should especially avoid taking it.
BEFORE USING GERMANIUM, TELL YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IF YOU...
Are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement). Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine. Are breastfeeding. Have other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease.
To store this medicine: Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.
GERMANIUM SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTION INFORMATION
Germanium is regarded as safe when taken in the recommended doses.
Some individuals may develop kidney problems, or have a toxic reaction to this mineral if they exceed recommended doses. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.
Although it is rare, some individuals may develop kidney problems or have a toxic reaction to this mineral if they take it in excessive amounts.
Before taking Germanium, consult with your midwife or health care provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
GERMANIUM SIDE EFFECTS
Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your health care provider if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.
- Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest.
- Chest pain.
- Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin.
Other Side Effects: Tell your health care provider if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.
- Anemia (low iron in blood).
- Diabetes (problems with the amount of sugar in your blood).
- Infection of sac that is around heart.
- Kidney problems.
- Muscle weakness.
- Nausea (upset stomach) and vomiting (throwing up).
- Nerve problems.
- No interest in eating.
- Thyroid gland problems.
- Weight loss.
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2. Luck B, Mann H, Melzer H et al: Renal and other organ failure caused by germanium intoxication. Nephrol Dial Transplant 1999; 14(10):2464-2468.
3. Krapf R, Schaffner T & Iten P: Abuse of germanium associated with fatal lactic acidosis. Nephron 1992; 62:351-356.
4. Higuchi I, Izumo S, Kuriyama M et al: Germanium myopathy: clinical and experimental pathological studies. Acta Neuropathol 1989; 79:300-304.
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GERMANIUM SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
Germanium improves tissue oxygenation and interferon production. Pure Ge-132 Organic Germanium is a unique organogermanium compound, bis-carboxyethyl germanium sesquioxide, sometimes called just germanium sesquioxide. It has unique molecular characteristics which make it virtually unreactive in the body, and its small particle size and unique structure permit it to be readily cleared in the urine as the intact molecule. Potentially, the body may use germanium as a cellular oxygenator.
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