Ten Stimulating Facts About Cellular Respiration

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1. Cellular respiration happens in all form of life.

  • A common knowledge about respiration is just simply breathing by inhaling and exhaling air through the nose or mouth.
  • Respiration also takes place in the smallest unit composition of the body (the cell) by undergoing series of complex biochemical reactions.
  • Cellular respiration performs vital tasks needed for the body to survive by fueling muscles, vital organs and cell division.

2. Nutrients are needed for cellular respiration.

  • Nutrients are found on the food you eat.
  • It undergoes digestion and is metabolized by the body.
  • Cellular respiration is the process of oxidizing food molecules.
  • Essential nutrients like sugar, fatty acids and amino acids are oxidized by oxygen through catabolic reactions breaking down large molecules to simpler one which is converted to biochemical energy needed to start and fuel cellular activity
  • Processes like biosynthesis, locomotion and transport of molecules across cell membrane requires energy from cellular respiration.

3. Conscious stopping of breathing is totally impossible because of cellular respiration.

  • You cannot simple kill yourself from holding your breath.
  • Carbon dioxide is the stimulus for a person to breath.
  • In aerobic cellular respiration, carbon dioxide is excreted out as waste product of different biochemical process.


4. Surviving without oxygen is possible through cellular respiration.

  • Unlike respiration with that of humans, anaerobic organism such as bacteria and protozoa can live without oxygen.
  • Microbes are capable of using sorts of compounds besides oxygen.


5 .Environmental temperature can affect cellular respiration.

  • Heat is one of the factors that determine the rate of cellular respiration.
  • The warmer the temperature the quicker the rate of cellular respiration thus affecting the whole cellular activity.


6. Dental carries are one of the undesirable effects from cellular respiration.

  • The main villain is the lactic acid bacteria.
  • The bacteria produce acids that dissolve the outer layer of a tooth.
  • Through aerobic cellular respiration, pyruvate is broken down in the process of glycolysis.
  • Pyruvic acid is the conjugate base of pyruvate which when it ferments produce lactate.
  • Lactic acid is the converted product of simple carbohydrates.
  • Lactic acid fermentation by lactic acid bacteria through anaerobic cellular respiration causes tooth decay.

 7.Cellular respiration has an empirical medical contribution.

  • Lactate occurs naturally from series of biochemical activity brought by cellular respiration.
  • Lactate in considered to be one of the main component of isotonic solution used in fluid resuscitation after massive blood loss secondary to injury or surgery such as the lactated ringer’s solution.
  • Furthermore, chemical compounds derived from lactate have proven its convincible use in pharmaceutical industry.


8.Cellular respiration has an indispensable importance in wine industry.

  • Yeasts are the main ingredients in wine production.
  • They are microorganisms which belong in the kingdom of fungi.
  • An anaerobic biochemical reaction from yeast cellular respiration enables conversion of sugar to alcohol.


9.Cellular respiration entitles plants and animals a symbiotic relationship.

  • Plants and animals live for each other.
  • Photosynthesis is possible from carbon dioxide of animals excreted during cellular respiration.
  • And plant takes in carbon dioxide to produce foods and gives back oxygen to animals to breathe in.

10. Cellular respiration of anaerobic microorganisms inside your body work for you and not against you.

  • Some organisms are normal human anaerobic floras and reside in the body without causing diseases.
  • These organisms sustain their activity through anaerobic cellular respirations.
  • They protect the human body by producing compounds which kill other bacteria and maintaining pH balance so other bacteria won’t grow.

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