Inhibitors and Chemical Reactions
Inhibitors affect the rate of a chemical reaction by slowing the rate of the chemical reaction down. Sometimes inhibitors can even stop the chemical reaction altogether. When you can use an inhibitor, they make the reaction slower and more controllable. Without inhibitors, reactions could continue to go. With this happening, all the molecules could be used up. This could be bad for things, especially in your body. An example of an inhibitor being used in the real world would be Proton Pump Inhibitors, or PPI. They’re used for reducing the production of acid by blocking the enzyme in the wall of the stomach used for acid production. The reduction of acid prevents ulcers in the stomach.


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