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.