Q: How do enzymes accelerate biochemical reactions?
How do enzymes accelerate biochemical reactions?
- Enzymes are catalysts in living things. They speed up biochemical reactions.
- Under the conditions inside living cells, biochemical reactions would occur too slowly to support life without the help of enzymes.
- Enzymes increase the rate of biochemical reactions by reducing the amount of activation energy needed for reactants to start reacting.
- More than 1000 different enzymes are necessary for human life, and many help digest food. Two examples are amylase and pepsin.