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Venkat

Apr 13, 2015

# What is the function of hydrochloric acid present in stomach?

How is HCl present in the stomach helpful to us?

Aruna kavitha Singupilla

Sol: Hydrochloric acid is the only acid secreted by parietal cells of the stomach. *This provides an acidic environment for many digestive enzymes to become active. Enzymes like pepsinogen get activated by HCl into pepsin which acts on proteins and brings about their digestion.  *HCl along with gastric lipase emulsifies the lipids present in our food. *HCl kills most of the pathogenic bacteria entering the digestive tract along with our food and water.

Anshita Jaswal

Hcl has three main functions in the stomach- Sterilisation- It kills the harmful bacterias ingested through food Digestion- It helps in the release of Pepsin an enzyme which break down protiens Absorption- It helps in the absorption of minerals such as magnesium, sodium and iron. It is also called Gastric Acid and it is so strong that it can digest the stomach itself but the mucus membrane/ lining in the stomach protect the whole organ.

Syeda

Answer. Hydrochloric acid is the only acid secreted by parietal cells of the stomach. This provides an acidic environment for many digestive enzymes to become active. Enzymes like pepsinogen get activated by HCl into pepsin which acts on proteins and brings about their digestion.  HCl along with gastric lipase emulsifies the lipids present in our food. HCl kills most of the pathogenic bacteria entering the digestive tract along with our food and water. SME Approved
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