Strep Throat Prevention with Probiotics

Anyone who has ever had a strep throat infection knows how painful it is. But did you know that the bacteria that causes strep throat, Streptococcus pyogenes is also highly contagious and in severe infections may lead to rheumatic fever and kidney disease?
Once you have strep throat, the surest way to beat it is with antibiotics.
But how can you PREVENT it? And after you take antibiotics, what can you do to replenish the friendly bacteria that have been killed?
Professor John Tagg in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Otago knows how. He studied Streptococci bacterium for more than 30 years, looking for friendly strep bacteria that would control and destroy the harmful strep bacteria before it colonizes to the degree that it causes a strep throat infection. And, after 30 years of research, he found it and named it BLIS K12.
While Streptococcus pyogenes is the highly contagious, bad guy (pathogen) that causes strep throat, a closely related “cousin,” Streptococcus salivarius, is a good guy that  inhabits (colonizes) the mouths of healthy, infection-resistant people. Professor Tagg discovered a component of Streptococcus salivarius – BLIS K12 – that has unique infection-fighting powers in the mouth where infections enter and take a hold.  His research showed that BLIS K12, a naturally occurring oral probiotic (a probiotic that lives only in the mouth) destroys and renders harmless the infection- causing Streptococcus pyogenes.
To prevent strep throat and after taking antibiotics, Professor Tagg recommends chewing one piece of CulturedCare Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12 every day in order to recolonize and sustain healthy levels of  this probiotic that lives in our mouth and fights strep throat.
Anyone who has ever suffered the pain of a strep throat infection will appreciate just how big a discovery this was!
Along with preventing strep throat, Professor Tagg’s BLIS K12 has also been shown to combat the unfriendly bacteria that cause bad breath (halitosis), ear aches and upper respiratory infections.

Anyone who has ever had a strep throat infection knows how painful it is. But did you know that the bacteria that causes strep throat, Streptococcus pyogenes is also highly contagious and in severe infections may lead to rheumatic fever and kidney disease?

Once you have strep throat, the surest way to beat it is with antibiotics.

But how can you PREVENT it? And after you take antibiotics, what can you do to replenish the friendly bacteria that have been killed?

Professor John Tagg in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Otago knows how. He studied Streptococci bacterium for more than 30 years, looking for friendly strep bacteria that would control and destroy the harmful strep bacteria before it colonizes to the degree that it causes a strep throat infection. And, after 30 years of research, he found it and named it BLIS K12.

While Streptococcus pyogenes is the highly contagious, bad guy (pathogen) that causes strep throat, a closely related “cousin,” S. salivarius, is a good guy that  inhabits (colonizes) the mouths of healthy, infection-resistant people. Professor Tagg discovered a component of S. salivarius – BLIS K12 – that has unique infection-fighting powers in the mouth where infections enter and take a hold.  His research showed that BLIS K12, a naturally occurring oral probiotic (a probiotic that lives only in the mouth) destroys and renders harmless the infection- causing Streptococcus pyogenes.

To prevent strep throat and after taking antibiotics, Professor Tagg recommends chewing one piece of CulturedCare Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12 every day in order to recolonize and sustain healthy levels of  this probiotic that lives in our mouth and fights strep throat.

Anyone who has ever suffered the pain of a strep throat infection will appreciate just how big a discovery this was!

Along with preventing strep throat, Professor Tagg’s BLIS K12 has also been shown to combat the unfriendly bacteria that cause bad breath (halitosis), ear aches and upper respiratory infections.

  1. 1 Lee Gass Mon, Dec 21, 2009 | 12:10 pm

    As a research ecologist who studied natural systems of many kinds, I find the whole idea of probiotic bacteria interesting, exciting, and full of promise. To my ecological mind, this new development is an important step in the direction of working WITH nature rather than trying to control it. Our skins, our mouths, and our guts are ecosystems, to be sure, and to encourage healthy ecosystems seems a no-brainer to me. Congratulations. Lee Gass, PhD.

  2. 2 Bruce Andrew Mon, Dec 21, 2009 | 2:36 pm

    Hi folks
    I have been a long-time user of the Blis K12 probiotic in New Zealand and have been VERY impressed. I have a background in medical laboratory science and the scientific background to this product made sense to me. I have concerns about the long term health risks of alcohol based mouthwashes and mouth washes in general which mainly disguise bad breath, last only temporarily and interfere with oral microflora. I have used K12 tablets after a course of antibiotic to prevent the white growth that often appears on my tongue a few days after stopping the antibiotic. I have also used it before long air flights. Anecdotally I have noted I no longer have sinus and ear problems that seemed to follow head colds, and I attribute this to Blis K12. However it is great to see that a chewable gum is now available and would warmly recommend this product to you folk in Canada! I understand Blis have a related product in the wings for prevention of dental caries.

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