Is anaerobic respiration harmful to human beings?

Asked by  | 21st Jun, 2008, 12:53: PM

Expert Answer:

Yes. Anaerobic respiration occurs in humans only when sufficient oxygen is not available, such as in case of vigorous activity. During anaerobic respiration, glucose is only partially broken down, and lactic acid is produced. This lactic acid is harmful to the body, since it accumulates in the muscles and causes muscle fatigue and cramps. Hence it has to be broken down to CO2 and water immediately after the vigorous activity is over. This is done by using oxygen.

Answered by  | 26th Jun, 2008, 11:20: AM

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