Germanium mineral supplement health benefit and side effects
September 24 2015 by
Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Germanium is a mineral found in chlorella, ginseng, aloe, suma, and shiitake mushrooms. Germanium was discovered by a Japanese scientist Dr. Kazuhiko Asai. Germanium has been promoted for its immune-boosting, analgesic, anti-tumor, and liver-restoring powers. Germanium is touted to have energizing properties.

Germanium supplement human studies
In 2015 we did a search on Medline and could not find any clinical human studies regarding the administration of a germanium supplement. The benefits and risks for germanium supplementation are not fully understood.

J Vet Science. 2013. Antiviral effect of dietary germanium biotite supplementation in pigs experimentally infected with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. Germanium biotite (GB) is an aluminosilicate mineral containing 36 ppm germanium.

Germanium in industry
Germanium element has found widespread use in electronics, transistor, nuclear sciences and in medicine. General toxicity of germanium is low, except for the tetrahydride germane. Germanium is not carcinogenic and even appears to inhibit cancer development and, in the form of the organic germanium compound, spirogermanium, to destroy cancer cells. High doses of germanium may result in an increased embryonic resorption, but possible malformations have been reported only after administration of dimethyl germanium oxide to pregnant animals. Germanium may thus be considered an element of rather low risk to man.

Can you give me any information on germanium for chronic fatigue syndrome?
   I have no reason to suspect a relationship exists.