landmark discovery in nutritional science.
versatile, health-giving substance that is
in high concentration in numerous
plants. This remarkable nutrient is
an oxygen catalyst,
and immune enhancer.
David M. Grace, B.S., D.C.
Karen Karvonen, M.F.A.
GERMANIUM-The Missing Element
Many of us regularly supplement our diets with vitamins and
minerals. However, germanium is one naturally occurring trace mineral
which you will not find on your label. Not because it isn't safe. The
organic form, Germanium-132, has never exhibited any toxic side effects.
And not because it hasn't been shown to play an important role in keeping
you well. In fact, dozens of scientific studies have shown that germanium
appears to have a wide range of health benefits which include helping to
boost the immune system, normalize high blood pressure and cholesterol,
protect the body against harmful cellular aberrations and abuse, providing
some pain relief, alleviate rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and generally
normalize physiological functions.
the reason you may have not heard about this nutritional supplement is
because it can take decades before an important discovery becomes public
knowledge. For instance, many of the tests that proved the effectiveness
of fortifying our diets with vitamins and minerals took place years before
people began taking these nutrients. Even though calcium has been known to
strengthen bone for decades, it's only been in recent years that women
began taking this supplement.
is the case with germanium. Although researchers have performed tests on
the organic form for over 30 years, news of these exciting finds have not
filtered down into the public's consciousness. Today though, interest in
germanium's vital contribution to our well-being is growing. Recently,
germanium was one of only six substances selected for clinical testing as
potential weapon against AIDS by the International AIDS Treatment
Conference held in Tokyo, Japan in February of 1987.
further into published medical reports on the substance, we learn that
many researchers believe that germanium exhibits a remarkable ability to
stimulate the immune system in cancer patients as well as healthy
individuals. In experiment after experiment, Japanese and American
scientists have evidence which suggests that germanium activates the
body's own defenses.
His review of the medical literature also indicated that germanium
normalizes metabolic functions by decreasing high blood pressure and
cholesterol levels. Some of the most interesting findings suggested that
germanium could help to keep healthy individuals well.
Today, we know much more about how germanium works, and why it has
health benefits. Several doctors who treat patients with germanium report
that it helps fight chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, food
allergies, viral infections, arthritis, even depression and
constipation. A number of prominent researchers such as Dr. Kidd and Dr.
Frank Summerfield have stated that germanium is the ideal immunostimulant.
To understand how germanium can be effective against such a broad
range of illnesses it may be helpful to look at the history and scientific
research of this remarkable mineral.
Inorganic Germanium is a fundamental element such as iron or
calcium. It also occurs in small quantities in many foods as well as in
the earth's outer crust. In 1871, Mendeleff, the creator of the periodic
table of all the earth's elements, first predicted its existence. He
termed the yet undiscovered 31st element "ekasilicon."
Several years later, the German, Clemens Winkler, isolated this
missing element and christened the substance germanium in honor of his
homeland. In 1948, germanium
was first used as a semi-conductor in the transistor similar to the way
silicon is used in computer chips.
As a naturally occurring element, germanium fills a niche between
silicon and selenium, another very important trace mineral which plays an
essential role in maintaining human health. Fifty years ago scientists did
not believe that trace minerals were vital to our physical well-being.
Twenty years ago selenium was still regarded as toxic to humans.
we know that selenium is not only essential for the human organism but
that many people, and some animals such as horses, may have a selenium
deficiency. Researchers have also established the importance of zinc,
manganese and chromium in proper metabolic functioning. Jeff Rinehardt,
Ph.D., a nutritional biochemist with the Marin Clinic of Preventative
Medicine in California, believes germanium may someday have the same
status as a nutritional supplement.
think in 10 to 20 years, germanium will be viewed in the same light as
selenium," observes Rinehardt. "Except that germanium's
semi-conducting properties, its ability to quickly donate and re-attract
electrons, give germanium unique chemical powers to correct critical
imbalances in the body."
Traditional Medicinal Plants High in Germanium
early as 1922, doctors in the United States used the inorganic form of
germanium to treat patients with anemia.
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