It is kind of funny how things go in cycles. A few years ago when they added it, I asked Andreas Moritz
if it was good or bad and he said good, it helps with the oxygen.
I always thought that the Oxypowder
was a little more expensive because of it.
Your alternative is to try some other cheaper products, they, in general, don't use germanium at all, though it still should work.
You could google it, it is also used for cancer, they sell it as a supplement.
Even on the cancertutor website they suggested to use Oxypowder
I have read when people use colosan they often say to use some extra lemon juice, when you take the capsules, may be that will help.