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What Are the Health Benefits of Germanium?

author image Alicia Richardson
Alicia Richardson, a Dietitians of Canada member, has been writing for over 24 years for such publications as Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital's newsletter, "Canadian Gardening" and "The Georgian." A diabetic and patient-expert learned in lifestyle medicine, she holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and health administration.
What Are the Health Benefits of Germanium?
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Germanium is a white, lustrous, brittle metal and ultra-trace mineral that was discovered by Clemens Alexander Winkler in 1886. There are two forms of germanium: inorganic, which is used in manufacturing processes and known to pose health risks to humans, and organic, which has been found to be health protective to animals and humans.

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Fights Cancer

In a landmark intervention study, a 47-year-old female with pulmonary cancer refused further medical treatment. After seven months of treatment with Germanium Sesquioxide (7.2 g/day with dose reduced toward the last month), she became cancer-free.

Protects Against Amyloidosis

Amyloidosis is a disorder characterized by deposits of amyloids, abnormal proteins that cannot be used or broken down by the body, adversely influencing the normal functioning of the affected organs. In a study of two groups of mice, one group received 300 mg/kg of Ge-132 for 22 months, while the other received 30 mg/kg. Results showed the control mice developed senile amyloidosis.

Boosts the Immune System

Research has shown that administration of Ge -132 induces interferon-gamma levels, which in turn increase the activity of NK cells and macrophages. Interferons are glycoproteins that inhibit the growth and proliferation of viruses, and natural killer cells, macrophages, neutrophils, leucocytes, are part of the body's defense system.

Ge-132 Prevents Osteoporosis

Using rats on low-calcium diets, researchers found that administration of Ge-132 to one group of rats resulted in higher femur cortical bone indices in comparison with the control group. This suggests that Ge -132 inhibited the reduction of bone strength, loss of bone mass and cortical index by osteoporosis.

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