What is the function of buffers?

1 Answer
Jun 24, 2015

Buffers help maintain homoeostasis in our cells.


Buffers perform a variety of functions in connection to maintaining homoeostasis in cells. Buffers can come in many forms, such as pH buffers.

In the human body, certain buffers help maintain a consistent pH in order to keep enzymes running smoothly. These buffers achieve this task by taking away #H^(+)# and adding #OH^(-)# when the pH is too low (acidic), while adding #H^(+)# and taking away #OH^(-)# when the pH is too high (basic).

This keeps the pH consistent and maintains homoeostasis in our cells.