Gastric Glands – Break it Down!
How does your acidic stomach keep from digesting itself? With help from the mucous-secreting gastric glands! But wait — these slender tubes also make the hydrochloric acid that breaks down food. Different cells within the glands produce different gastric juices, from hydrochloric acid to protective mucous to specialized enzymes that digest proteins. The flow of gastric juices never stops, but can increase by just thinking about your next delicious meal. Mmm…ice cream and French fries… SHOP THIS ORGAN »