BLIS K12™ is a specific strain of bacteria called Streptococcus salivarius K12™ which can be found naturally in the mouth and throat of some healthy adults and children.

Scientists have found that while Streptococcus salivarius bacteria are present in everyone, the beneficial BLIS K12TM strain is much less common.

John Tagg, a professor who spent his career studying microbes, is credited with discovering BLIS K12TM.

Exactly what are the benefits of using BLIS K12TM?

By adhering to cells in the mouth, BLIS K12TM can establish a colony that can outnumber and outcompete bacterial ones. Bacterial interference, also called competitive exclusion*, describes this phenomenon.

Increasing the number of beneficial bacteria in the mouth after taking a BLIS K12TM-containing oral probiotic may aid in immune system support, better breath, easier breathing, and a healthier mouth and throat in general*.

What’s the deal with BLIS K12TM?

Finding an efficient method of administering BLIS K12TM for colonisation in the oral cavity took years of study. Since the BLIS K12TM bacteria can survive in lozenges and powder form for at least two years, these are the preferred delivery methods.

They can be stored at room temperature, but refrigeration is recommended if you live in a particularly hot and humid climate.

The mouth’s moist and warm* environment is ideal for the bacteria to multiply. The more time the lozenge is allowed to remain in the mouth before being swallowed, the more bacteria will be crowded out*.

This is why *taking a slow, satisfying bite out of a lozenge is advised. If your child is too young to suck on a lozenge, Throat Health for Kids is available in a powder form that provides all the same benefits.

How do I maximise my results with BLIS K12TM?

Many health benefits* are associated with having a healthy mouth and throat, which BLIS K12TM aids in maintaining. Throat Health, Throat Health for Kids, HoneyBlis, Travel Protect, and the Fresh Breath Kit all have BLIS K12TM as their primary active ingredient.

Maintaining a healthy population of bacteria in your mouth and throat is the best way to crowd out bacteria and support a healthy immune system, so taking BLIS K12TM regularly – one or two doses daily – is highly recommended.

In most cases, the symptoms of children taking BLIS K12 begin to improve within the first two weeks. A three-month course of BLIS K12 has been shown to be optimal in clinical studies.

Having a healthy ear, nose, and throat is linked to many health benefits, and BLIS K12TM aids in both of those areas. Essential to the functioning of Daily Defence, Daily Defence Junior, Throat Guard PRO, HoneyBlis, Travel Protect, and Fresh Breath is BLIS K12TM.

BLIS K12 is a probiotic that can be taken orally to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the mouth, resulting in longer-lasting fresh breath and a stronger immune system. The ingredient, which was created by researchers at New Zealand’s University of Otago, is the newest addition to Stratum Nutrition’s line of premium bioactives.

The FDA has determined that BLIS K12TM is safe for use, giving it the GRAS designation.

The B. salivarius K12 strain, also known as BLIS K12, is a probiotic found naturally in the mouth and has been studied extensively for its safety. The use of BLIS K12 to treat bad breath and prevent streptococcal pharyngitis and/or tonsillitis, otitis media, and ear infections is supported by solid scientific evidence.

Streptococcus salivarius K12TM, also known as BLIS K12TM, is a strain of bacteria that lives in your mouth and throat. While everyone has the Streptococcus salivarius bacteria, only a small percentage also have the BLIS K12TM strain that is effective against harmful bacteria, as our research has shown.

Both BLIS K12TM and BLIS M18TM, two of our oral probiotic strains, are Streptococcus salivarius and work to strengthen your immune system by warding off oral infections. Infections like tonsillitis, pharyngitis, and otitis can be prevented with the help of BLIS K12TM, which eliminates the harmful bacteria responsible for these illnesses.

BLIS K12® is an advanced oral probiotic that helps maintain ear, nose, and throat health and supports our natural immune system defences.* It is risk-free for both kids and grownups and has been the subject of extensive study for over 30 years.

Just five things should be taken into account when thinking of novel applications for probiotics:

1. Supplementing with a probiotic that can colonise in the mouth and start benefiting there helps overall health and wellbeing. The oral cavity is a major entry point for bacteria throughout the body, both beneficial and harmful.

The BLIS K12® strain of Streptococcus salivarius was originally isolated from the mouth of a child who was unusually healthy and therefore immune to common ear and throat infections.

BLIS K12® starts colonisation in the mouth and can migrate into the throat and ear canal supporting oral, throat, and ear health.

2. Supplementing with probiotics like BLIS K12® can help to preserve a healthy mouth, throat and ears. Pathogenic bacteria are a common cause of upper respiratory infections.

Pathogenic bacteria can cause otitis media (ear infection) and pharyngitis (sore throat).

Three published studies have shown supplementation with BLIS K12® probiotics may help against such bacteria (1).

3. Missing days of school and work costs both time and money. Some of the most common reasons for paediatric visits include ear infections (otitis media), bronchitis, strep throat, and pharyngitis.

Though it’s unnecessary to demonstrate the veracity of this concern, it’s worth noting that it extends beyond the monetary outlay necessitated by a trip to the doctor.

4. Our bodies need to restore a balanced microbiota after antibiotic use for bacterial infections. Antibiotics are designed to eliminate the bacteria that cause infections in humans, but they are often too effective, leading to the elimination of healthy bacteria in addition to the pathogenic ones.

The use of probiotics after antibiotic treatment aids in reestablishing a healthy bacterial balance in the gut and the body as a whole.

5. Safe for children and adults in easy-to-consume formats. Yogurt and ice cream are just two examples of the many food items that contain probiotics.

Probiotics have been the subject of tens of thousands of studies, demonstrating their usefulness and safety for people of all ages. Now that everyone can easily get their hands on probiotics, there’s no reason not to use them for more than just digestive wellness.