Citrates play an important role in many metabolic processes. They are a central component of the citric acid cycle in the mitochondria (energy production) and the bones. The bones are the main storage site for citrates. Citrates are also important for a healthy acid-base balance. They serve the cells for intracellular deacidification by being broken down to carbonates, which in turn also contribute to deacidification. Orally ingested citrates are broken down in particular by the liver and kidney cells, thus supporting these organs in acid neutralisation.