Explore BrainMass

Explore BrainMass

    Carbohydrate Function in the Human Body

    Not what you're looking for? Search our solutions OR ask your own Custom question.

    This content was COPIED from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

    How are carbohydrates important in RNA and DNA? How do they function as part of DNA and RNA? What's their importance in the construction of the body organs and nerve cells? What is their function in body organs and nerve cells? Do you know of any other functions?

    © BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com November 24, 2022, 11:40 am ad1c9bdddf

    Solution Preview

    Carbohydrates include ribose and deoxyribose that constitute the RNA and DNA backbone structure. They are also nutrients for all body organs and nerve cells. The different carbohydrates are responsible for different functions. Please see the attached.

    Carbohydrates provide a major source of energy for the body and are used to power muscular contraction and as a fuel for the central nervous system. Carbohydrates spare protein from being synthesized into glucose, and they are a metabolic primer for fat metabolism. There are three kinds of carbohydrates: monosaccharides, disaccharides and polysaccharides. Monosaccharides and disaccharides are also called simple sugars or simple carbohydrates, and polysaccharides are called complex carbohydrates.
    The simple sugars are fructose (fruit sugar), ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution is provided in 459 words in an attached .doc file. It describes carbohydrates' use in the body as well as the different types of carbohydrates.