Cumberland Academy

Protons in Life

“We tend to think the primary reason we breathe is to take in oxygen. But did you know the protons are then buffered by bicarbonate and excreted by the mitochondria as carbon dioxide? Breathing out properly could be more important than you have imagined.”

Protons not only make up the material of our bodies, but they also play a massive role in keeping it alive!

Your body basically fuels itself by utilizing a proton gradient. Essentially, energy in the form of sugars, fatty acids or proteins in food is transformed by metabolism to satisfy the cells’ need for protons inside of their powerhouses, the mitochondria.

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