When it comes to immunity, scientific research continues to expand consumer knowledge of the bacteria that inhabit our intestinal tract and the substantial benefits from probiotic supplementation. Consumers are now beginning to gain an understanding of the importance of the bacteria that resides in other parts of our bodies, such as the oral cavity, and how probiotic supplementation targeted to the area can play a crucial role in supporting overall health.
According to Nutrition Business Journal (NBJ) 2019 Supplement Business Report, sales of probiotics are growing every year. With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind, NBJ estimates this category’s growth may potentially reach 25% this year.
With that being said, there is plenty of room for more probiotic-based products to hit the market and now is a prime time to introduce new, innovative options with ingredients such as BLIS K12™.
What is BLIS K12™?
“BLIS K12™ is a specific probiotic strain of Streptococcus salivarius, which is found naturally in the mouths and throats of healthy individuals,” says Alexis Collins, Product Manager at Stratum Nutrition. “BLIS scientists discovered that while Streptococcus salivarius bacteria is a common species in the mouths of health individuals and present in their oral cavity, only a very few have the specific beneficial K12 strain which is highly active against undesirable bacteria.”
BLIS probiotics are the first oral-cavity probiotics that are native to the oral cavity and naturally colonize in the oral cavity.
How does BLIS K12™ support immune health?
Collins explained, “BLIS K12 activates and colonizes in the mouth, crowding out the “bad” bacteria that could negatively impact your health. In addition to its ability to crowd out unwanted bacterial strains, BLIS K12 produces Bacteriocin-Like-Inhibitory-Substances (BLIS), which target and can help combat these undesirable bacteria. Research shows that BLIS K12 also supports certain cells in the mouth to help boost the immune system. While BLIS K12 is activated in the mouth, a robust number of pediatric and adult clinical studies show that BLIS K12 benefits extend to supporting ear, nose, and throat health, as well.”
The Time is Now
Today’s proactive-health consumers do their homework and are less likely to be swayed by products that make outlandish, immunity claims without having the research to back them up.
“There is extensive background research establishing the safety and efficacy of the BLIS K12 strain,” says Nena Dockery, Science and Regulatory Manager at Stratum Nutrition. “The number of human studies in young children make it a particularly desirable probiotic for supporting immune health in the very young.  
As the study of the human microbiome expands along with our knowledge of the myriad of ways in which it impacts our overall health, so will the desire for appropriate probiotics to support our own body’s microbiota.”
An Ingredient Partner You Can Trust
When choosing an immune health ingredient, consider going with a proactive partner who is eager to share the science and efficacy behind each of their ingredients.
At Stratum, we deploy our 5 “Launch” product development layers to provide you with research backed, highly effective, unique ingredients which can possess a unique formulation and market-ready approach. We act as an extension of your team.
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 Di Pierro F et al. (2018) Use of Streptococcus salivarius K12 to reduce the incidence of pharyngo-tonsillitis and acute otitis media in children: a retrospective analysis in not-recurrent pediatric subjects. Minerva Pediatr 70(3):240-245.
 Marini G et al. (2019) Pilot study to explore the prophylactic efficacy of oral probiotic Streptococcus salivarius K12 in preventing recurrent pharyngo-tonsillar episodes in pediatric patients. Int J Gen Med 12:213-217.