Germanium – the lifesaving mineral no-one knows about

The sources I use in this podcuast are:

Janet Hull:

NTS Health:

Betty Kamen’s article pdf here


Many of the world’s most medicinal plants contain high levels of germanium, including ginseng, shiitake mushrooms, aloe vera, comfrey and garlic. The highest concentration was found in Russian shelf fungus.

Some scientists believe that germanium’s chemical structure may help the mineral bind or chelate toxic substances and remove them. Dr. Kazuhiko Asai reported Astonishing success with mercury, cadmium poisoning and the removal of PCBs with germanium.  The organic germanium he synthesized is called bis-carboxyethyl germanium sesquioxide, aka Ge-132.

Therapeutic uses:

  • Prevention and treatment of cancer: enables the body to change its response to tumors by stimulating the body’s immune system itself, not the tumor. Germanium facilitates the movement of oxygen across cellular membranes to deliver oxygen into the cells. Cancer cells do not metabolize oxygen properly, so this flooding with oxygen may retard the growth of cancer cells, or even help the cells return to normal.
  • Parris Kidd has shown that a key quality of germanium is its capacity to return a cell to homeostasis. He has repeatedly shown that this trace mineral can restore deviant blood parameters back to the normal range. These include pH, glucose, the minerals sodium, potassium, calcium and chlorides, triglycerides, cholesterol, uric acid, haemoglobin and leucocytes (white blood cells);
  • Normalises high blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Pain relief
  • Boosts the immune system, and possibly treats autoimmune diseases, as organic germanium restores the normal function of T-cells, B-lymphocytes, natural killer cell activity and the numbers of antibody-forming cells.
  • Prevention and treatment of AIDS
  • Protects against radiation
  • Adding geranium to soil enhances plant growth
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Vision problems
  • Heavy metal poisoning


Organic germanium has never shown any toxic side effects. Inorganic germanium – germanium dioxide, is highly toxic and has been linked to over 30 deaths.

Nutritional sources of germanium

No.1 is Russian Shelf Fungus

Japanese Ginseng





Chaga mushroom Inonotus obliquus



Pearl barley

“Although germanium is believed to be absorbed more efficiently in food form, the quantities found in food may be too limited for therapy. Small amounts can, however, serve for prevention.” Betty Kramen

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