Germanium
 
Minerals

 

Germanium

Our 7th nutrient mineral (in alphabetical order). Chemical symbol, ‘Ge’. Germanium is one of the more abundant minerals in the surface of the earth.

Although no specific evidence pointing to it as essential to human life, recent studies have indicated that many conditions respond favourably to therapeutic doses of Germanium. It is even considered as an antioxidant mineral.


Functions/Benefits
Believed to function by boosting the action of oxygen in generating energy.
Reduces high blood pressure and lowers cholesterol by maintaining the equilibrium within the body.
Useful in the treatment of cancer and AIDS.
Protects against osteoporosis.
May be analgesic.
May have antiviral, antibacterial and anti-cancer properties.

Deficiency Symptoms
Possible reduced immune activity, but studies are still being conducted.

Natural sources
Ginseng. Garlic. Comfrey (due to Comfrey’s toxicity, take extra care when supplementing with this herb).

US RDA: no official figures
EU RDA: no official figures
Recommended 25-500mg (milligram), but supplements up to 10g seem safe.
Always consult a professional medical practitioner when taking supplements.

Toxicity
Safe up to quite a high level, although skin eruptions and diarrhea were reported in some patients taking therapeutic doses.


 

 

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