Probiotics: Not only for the gut

What is an oral probiotic and why would I take one?

There are bacteria everywhere in and on our bodies that help us stay healthy. In fact, they are essential to life itself. Probiotics are beneficial live bacteria that you introduce to your body to provide a health benefit. Until now, the type of probiotic that most people know about are those that work in the gut but there are other types that provide benefit to other areas of the body. BLIS Probiotics are one of the other types; they are oral probiotics which colonise the oral cavity with beneficial bacteria restoring the balance back in the mouth and throat. This helps support overall immunity and helps provide protection from some of the bugs that can cause illness. One of the key strains of beneficial bacteria in BLIS Probiotics is called BLIS K12®.


What can BLIS Oral Probiotics protect me against?

BLIS K12 is a special strain of bacteria that we all have living in our mouths calledStreptococcus salivarius.BLIS K12 only occurs naturally in a small percentage of the population, so for the rest of us, taking BLIS K12 will colonise the mouth and throat with millions of beneficial bacteria, offering protection against some of the bad bacteria that you encounter every day.

If you think of your mouth as the gateway to your body, this is where you allow millions of microbes to get in every day – just by breathing! BLIS oral probiotics are particularly good at fighting some of the bugs that can cause ENT issues like sore throats and ear infections.

The DailyDefence range is designed for the whole family. For older children and adults, DailyDefence comes in a once-a-day lozenge that simply dissolves on the tongue. DailyDefence Junior is a powder version for children aged 6 + months that is easy to deliver directly into their mouth or sprinkle on food.


Does it work?

BLIS K12 was discovered through the work of Professor John Tagg at Otago University back in the 80’s so there has been a lot of studying how the bug works and testing it for safety and efficiacy. The good news is that the clinical studies show results can be replicated many times. And even better is it has a very strong safety profile. BLIS K12 has GRAS status in the USA which is granted by the FDA only after significant evicence is presented. BLIS Probiotics have no added sugar, artificial colours or flavours and are GMO free. they are suitable for diabetics, vegetarian and vegan diets. You can read more about them at


BLIS Probiotics are available at your pharmacy.