BLIS® K12 and BLIS® M18: Promoting a
Healthy Balance of Bacteria in the Oral Cavity
The mouth is a constant battleground where billions of invasive bacteria attempt to displace the native beneficial bacteria of the mouth, teeth and gums.
Common problems people often experience in their oral cavity (such as cavities, bad breath or unhealthy gums) and in their upper respiratory region (ear, nose and throat) is often a result of imbalanced bacteria.
Regular oral hygiene routines (e.g. brushing, flossing) are important, but typically aren’t enough to restore beneficial microorganisms in the oral cavity.
That’s where a new generation of advanced probiotic bacteria, called BLIS, can help.
BLIS probiotics are strains of beneficial and safe S. salivarius bacteria, which normally occur in the mouth and throat. The BLIS products are backed by almost 40 years of research.
While most people have the non-specific S. salivarius populations, only an estimated 2% of the human population has an abundant amount of more potent strains like BLIS® K12 and BLIS® M18.
Studies show that children and adults with naturally occurring microbial strains like BLIS® K12 and BLIS® M18 are better able to maintain oral and upper respiratory health.
S. salivarius K12 was discovered and isolated by renowned microbiologist Professor John Tagg at the University of Otago in New Zealand. His dream and passion is to find alternative, natural solutions to supporting ear, nose and throat health, based on his own experience as a child.
A research breakthrough came when Dr. Tagg and his team isolated a unique strain of S. salivarius (K12) from a healthy child who, over a six-year period, exhibited remarkable throat health. Work began to develop this strain and bring this next generation of advanced probiotics to market.
Soon thereafter the BLIS® M18 strain of S. salivarius was identified and shown to naturally protect the teeth and gums.
In clinical studies, BLIS® K12 has been shown to stimulate the immune system to improve upper respiratory (ear, nose, throat) health and reduce bad breath, in children and adults.
For example, in a study published in the International Journal of Medicine, of children with recurrent ear and throat problems, the use of BLIS® K12 was found to reduce throat complaints by approximately 90% and ear complaints by about 40%.
A similar study in adults found improvements in ear, nose and throat health of approximately 80% over three months.
BLIS® K12 also helps inhibit bacteria that produce volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs). These VSCs are the basis for bad breath – and reducing them gets to the root cause of the problem.
In a study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, the use of BLIS® K12 for 14 days reduced VOCs by up to 80%, allowing breath odor to be much more acceptable.
BLIS® M18 works more directly on dental health, helping to reduce the overgrowth of bacteria that increases cavity risk, supporting reduced plaque formation and helping to maintain tooth enamel by neutralizing acid.
In a recent study published in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dentistry, BLIS® M18 was found to reduce dental plaque by about 50% and cavity causing S. mutans bacteria by about 75% in children at high risk for dental caries.
Another study of adults published in the International Journal of Pharma and Bio Sciences also showed dental and periodontal health benefits of BLIS® M18.
BLIS® K12 and BLIS® M18 are still produced in Dunedin, New Zealand by BLIS Technologies LTD.
ACTIValoe: Getting the Most Out of the Inner Gel of the Aloe plant
ACTIValoe® is made with a breakthrough dehydration technology – called Qmatrix™ – that sets a new standard for Aloe vera quality.
Qmatrix™ removes water from a fresh Aloe leaf using a low temperature/short time (LTST) method that protects heat sensitive Aloe nutrients.
Here’s the ACTIValoe® bottom line: when you take a TrueOC™ Quick Melt lozenge, the Aloe vera will still be “farm fresh” – as pure and potent as if you freshly squeezed the juice from an Aloe leaf.
And ACTIValoe® is 100% organic – from start to finish absolutely no chemicals, pesticides or preservatives are used. There’s a reason why ACTIValoe® has been used in more clinical studies than any other Aloe vera ingredient – it’s simply “best in class.”
ACTIValoe® is guaranteed to provide a minimum of 10% polysaccharides – the most important nutrients in Aloe vera.
What’s more, ACTIValoe® is certified for content and purity by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC).
On top of this, ACTIValoe® made with Qmatrix™, is the first and only Aloe vera ingredient to achieve GRAS status with the FDA as a food ingredient. ACTIValoe® was the subject of extensive safety studies conducted over two years that provided scientific support for the FDA.
And Aloe vera is quickly emerging as a beneficial botanical ingredient for oral health, promoting gum health by helping to reduce dental plaque and soothing gums.
This was shown in a study published in the journal Oral Health and Dental Management which found that an Aloe vera mouth rinse significantly reduced gum bleeding and dental plaque after both 15 days and 30 days. In fact, in this study, Aloe vera was found to be as effective as the chemical antiseptic chlorhexidine.
Other clinical studies published in the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology and the Journal of Clinical Diagnostic Research have found similar benefits from using Aloe vera.