How Does Cyanide Kill You?

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Cyanide kills you by making the body unable to use life-sustaining oxygen. This has the effect of suffocating your bodies’ cells by inhibiting an enzyme in mitochondria called Cytochrome C Oxidase which is usually what helps the cells to process oxygen under normal circumstances.
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Cyanide works by interfering with the subtle chemical mechanism of our cells. In order to survive, our cells need energy, and they get this energy, in part, from the sugars in the foods we eat. Cyanide gums up the cell's energy delivery system causing the cell to die, then death of the victim.
Cyanide kills by making the cells of the body unable to use oxygen. Without oxygen, the body dies quickly. Inhaling a large amount of cyanide can cause death within minutes. You can find more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanide_poisoning
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