Lactic Acid Guide
What happens to Lactic Acid?
The Lactic acid produced from the pyruvate is then free to leave the call and awaits a few possible fates. It can either be
- Converted back to pyruvate in a well-oxygenated cell ,which can then enter the mitochondria and undergo oxidative phosphorylation to yield large amounts of energy.
- Converted back into glucose via a process known as gluconeogenesis in the liver. This glucose is then free to enter the bloodstream to be used again or can be stored in the liver for future use.
- Be metabolized by certain cells in the body as a direct fuel source.
The lactic acid leaves the cells through the blood stream and this way it can be transported anywhere in the body within a very short period of time.