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Potential Benefits: Many disease states, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, immune system dysfunction and cancer have all been shown to respond to Germanium therapy. It would appear that the reason for Germanium's effectiveness is its ability to regulate the uptake of oxygen in the cells.

In plants, this process helps protect them from infections by viruses, bacteria and fungi as well as increasing growth and protecting them from the cold. In humans, it seems the effects are both related to oxygen regulation and strong antioxidant activity.

Description: Although not officially classed as a "trace mineral", Germanium is one of the most important reasons why natural foods, such as garlic are recommended by nutritional practitioners.


Potential Side Effects: Although Germanium deficiency per se is not recognised, a lack of Germanium is associated with infection and immune disorders, heart disease and high cholesterol, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer and many other conditions.

Potential Interaction: Germanium seems to be particularly effective in enhancing the body's natural resistance to viruses. this led to it being used as a treatment for AIDS in the late 1980's, prior to some toxicity problems with one of the synthetic forms.

If the same critical approach was applied to aids drugs, they would surely be taken off the market tomorrow (or even better, would never have even got there!). It is no surprise that the dietary sources rich in Germanium are those that are used routinely by traditional medicine, such as garlic, ginseng, comfrey and mushrooms. It is also a powerful analgesic, which enhances the effects of the body's own endorphins

General Usage: May be taken daily.

Food Sources: Aloe, Broccoli, Carrot, Celery, Chlorella, Comfrey, Ginseng, Garlic, Mushrooms (especially shitake), Milk, Onions, Potato, Rhubarb, Sauerkraut, Suma, Tomato Juice, Wheat Bran and amazingly the water at Lourdes (Well, explains a lot!)