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Germanium (trace mineral)

Applications: Recently discovered by Japanese scientists, germanium is an effective antioxidant that can improve rheumatism, arthritis, high cholesterol, infections, food allergies and pain. Organic germanium can increase tissue oxygenation.

Sources: Garlic, comfrey, sushi, ginseng, aloe and chlorella.

Safety: No known side effects, although doses larger than 2 grams can cause skin rash and stool softening. Large doses are not recommended. Extended ingestion has been associated with kidney problems in some individuals. Check with your doctor before taking germanium for extended periods of time.

Interactions: None known to date.

Recommendations: Doses range from 30 to 150 mg per day. Germanium dioxide is more potent and can lead to kidney dysfunction if taken in doses over 50 mg per day.

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