MadSci Network: Biochemistry

Re: Can Chlorous Acid cause blood cells to take up additional oxygen?

Date: Tue May 30 10:42:17 2000
Posted By: Lillian Mundt, Faculty, Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department
Area of science: Biochemistry
ID: 958186398.Bc

I am not familiar with Oxyprime, however, the substances in it would make the blood more alkaline which does cause the RBCs to take on more oxygen. (affinity is increased)See the attached diagrams. I don't know how affective this is in athletic performance, as the cells would have to be able to give up that oxygen to the tissues that need it (muscles). If the blood is more alkaline than the tissues, I tend to think the oxygen would NOT be delivered to where you want it to go. Another drawback to forcing the pH of the blood to change is that the kidneys are designed to maintain the pH of the blood at a constant level. Artificially changing the pH, or when the pH changes due to disease states, causes the kidneys to work harder to do this job of balancing. I would really check out a product's pros and cons, safety and "proven" track record before using it. Most of these kinds of products are not regulated by the FDA and even those that they have approved can be quite harmful.

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