About Glycolysis for Energy

Glycolysis refers to the biological process that converts glucose (blood sugar) to pyruvate for ATP production. (ATP is your cells source of energy.) This sequence of reactions is also known as citric acid cycle.

One advantage of glycolysis is no oxygen necessary (anaerobic) to take action. Another is it occurs in the cytoplasm fluid of the cell, which is highly beneficial for spreading the energy around. Yet glycolysis is not a big energy producer.

In the presence of oxygen, glycolysis end product of NADH can be broken down further to produce maximal amount of ATP. The well known cycle for this breakdown is known as the Krebs. However, the site for this energy generator is limited to the mitochondria.

Glycolysis is a basic metabolic pathway.