ABOUT BLIS PROBIOTICS

A world first throat probiotic1, BLIS K12™ is backed by 30 years of research to date2.

We hear a lot about the gut microbiome, but the oral microbiome also plays an important role in supporting the body’s immune defences. There are over 700 species of bacteria in the oral cavity alone!3

The BLIS PROBIOTICS range was developed after a unique bacterial strain, Streptococcus salivarius K12, was discovered by Professor John Tagg in New Zealand.

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Streptococcus salivarius K12, or BLIS K12™, is a targeted throat probiotic that occurs naturally in the mouth and throat and plays a role in supporting throat health and the body’s immune defences

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Streptococcus salivarius K12, or BLIS K12™, is a targeted throat probiotic that occurs naturally in the mouth and throat and plays a role in supporting throat health and the body’s immune defences

Although BLIS K12™ occurs naturally in the mouth and throat, most of the population do not have high levels of it. Unlike many other probiotics, which work in the gut, BLIS K12™ works in the mouth and throat.

BLIS PROBIOTICS colonises the mouth and throat with good bacteria, and helps to:

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Support the body’s immune defences to help the body fight illness

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Crowd out bad bacteria and support the balance of good bacteria in the mouth and throat

Professor John Tagg

The discovery of BLIS K12™ is credited to Professor John Tagg, who dedicated his life’s work to research in microbiology.

Following an episode of childhood illness and the subsequent need for a daily regimen of prophylactic antibiotics which lasted nine years, the young Professor John Tagg made it his lifelong mission to find an alternative way to support mouth and throat health.

The commercial outcome of his discovery was the launch of the BLIS PROBIOTICS range in New Zealand in 2002.

1. Data on file. Refers to commercialisation of Streptococcus salivarius K12
2. Wescombe, P. et. al. Probiotics & Antimicro. Prot. 2009 (online)
3. Gao et al, Protein & Cell. 2018:v9; 5; 488-500
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