Did you know that the regular intake of organic germanium may alleviate many health concerns and slow the aging process? In Japan and in Russia, organic germanium is used in alternative cancer therapies because of its ability to modify the body’s biological response to tumors.
Germanium is a powerful anti-oxidant, and it’s found in many foods, like mushrooms.
Ge is a natural trace element that has chemical properties similar to silicon. It is found in your tissues, and has been shown in animal studies to have significant anticarcinogenic, antitumorigenic, and immuno-potential effects. The organic Germanium compounds carboxyethyl Ge sesquioxide and lactate/citrate salts of Ge have been used as anti-viral agents and immunostimulants.
Sounds healthy to me.
The Germanium Relationship
Organic germanium effectively stimulates electrical impulses on a cellular level, and it plays an important role as an oxygen catalyst within the human body.
Germanium is found in fossilized plants, in many foods, in mineral water, and in healing plants and herbs. Like with all healthy food nutrients, the content of germanium in plants depends on the soil in which they are grown.
Germanium In Foods
Low concentrations of germanium are found in many foods, and the average human intake is between 1-3 mg per day. Here is a list of foods that contain relatively high concentrations of germanium:
- shiitake and oyster mushrooms
- aloe vera
- chlorella algae
- pearl barley
Clinical research confirms both the safety and the efficacy of organic germanium. The research shows that organic germanium:
- stimulates the immune system and activates your 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
Organic germanium is well known for its health benefits, but heads-up … its non-organic counterpart has been known to cause damage to the kidneys. So, be cautious when supplementing with germanium sourced to manufactured forms.
In 1967, Japanese researcher, Dr. Asai synthesized a new germanium compound he named “organic germanium” or germanium-132 (bis-carboxyethyl germanium sesquioxide). Although this replicated form of germanium is labelled as organic, when supplementing with this form of Ge, I recommend taking it for a limited amount of time, and checking your Ge levels using the hair analysis.
If your germanium levels are low, this form of Ge supplement is healthy when restoring depleted nutrient levels. Keeping your germanium levels balanced is definitely a healthy thing to do.
Man-made forms of germanium are used in the manufacturing of transistors, diodes, and fluorescent lamps. Ge is found in some dental alloys, too. If you have been exposed to these sources of Ge, it is a good idea to check your body’s germanium levels.
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