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Vitamin O

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • Aerobic oxygen, bis-beta-carboxyethyl germanium sesquioxide, Ge-132, germanium, organic germanium, organic germanium-132, oxygen, salt water, stabilized oxygen.
  • Select products: Super-Oxygenated Solution (Earth Portals); Vitamin O (RGarden); Firming Moisturizing Cream (Organic Germanium) (contains organic germanium Vitamin O, coenzyme Q-10, retinol A); OxyCaps (Earth's Bounty); OxyMax (Earth's Bounty); Vitamin O (Rose Creek).
  • Note: This review does not cover Vitamin O that contains germanium. Please see the individual monograph on germanium for more information.

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • Oxygen is an integral part of human existence. Some have dubbed this element as "Vitamin O," even though it is not a true vitamin. Proponents of Vitamin O claim that disease occurs because the body is lacking in oxygen. Therefore, by ingesting oxygen through Vitamin O supplements, these ailments can be reversed.
  • There appears to be two types of Vitamin O products on the market. The first is an expensive health supplement that is composed largely of salt water and "stabilized" or "aerobic" oxygen. Companies, such as RGarden, marketed Vitamin O (without germanium) claiming that it could cure or prevent serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and lung disease, and when taken orally, enrich the bloodstream with supplemental oxygen. These claims were never substantiated with scientific evidence; however, numerous testimonials mention the effects of Vitamin O on a variety of conditions.
  • The second Vitamin O product contains germanium, which when synthetically derived may be nontoxic and safe at high doses. For more information about germanium-containing therapies, please see Natural Standard's monograph on germanium.
  • There is no scientific evidence currently available regarding the effectiveness of Vitamin O or the benefit of ingesting stabilized or aerobic oxygen.

Dosing/Toxicology

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Interactions

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References

Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to www.naturalstandard.com. Selected references are listed below.

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