Mycolicibacterium aurum Aogashima (M. aurum)

Millions of years in the making. 20 years in research & development.

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Bacteria is not a dirty word.

We have rapidly come to realise that not all bacteria are bad. 

We have known for years that humans are covered by bacteria that do us no harm and we now realise we also harbour trillions of them in our gut. This microbial flora is our microbiome. It’s incredibly complex, and absolutely vital to our general health.

This system needs to be constantly “retuned” by repeated exposure to beneficial environmental bacteria - or Old Friends. We simply cannot live without interacting properly with them. They regulate inflammation, helping our immune system determine what to fight and what to leave alone. They also communicate with the brain, via the gut-brain-axis.

Without exposure to them, we are at risk of inflammatory disorders. Anything from Parkinsons and Multiple Sclerosis to Asthma and allergies, and of course, psychiatric conditions such as anxiety and depression.

For the last 20 years our team have been researching key non-pathogenic mycobacteria - recently recategorised as mycolicibacteria - and their effect on the immune system. 

Beneficial mycolicibacteria

We have clinically studied and proven that restoring your body’s exposure to key mycolicibacteria - including M. aurum - reduces inflammation levels in your blood. By reducing chronic inflammation, your immune system is able to call back the troops and calm down, in turn bringing your mental state back to how nature intended. In other words, M. aurum is basically a natural medicine for stress, anxiety and depression.

How M. aurum works.

Mycobacteria do not colonise the microbiome. Rather they pass through unchanged in our faeces. This is why you need constant exposure to them, and why you have to take M. aurum every day.

When thinking of the gut microbiome we may think only of bacteria, but there are yeasts, fungi, viruses and even worms involved. It is incredibly sophisticated with specialised cells for all sorts of critically important pathways. Such a complex system needs an adjuvant to function correctly. 

M. aurum has an immunoadjuvant effect. It targets the immune cells in the lymph tissue at the end of the small bowel. Once M. aurum is detected, a chain of communication is started - passing information into the immune system as a whole, as well as to regional lymphatic systems and nerve cells which have a direct route to the brain. 

It is a wonder of nature.

Modern living

Us humans used to get daily exposure to mycobacteria such as M. aurum from nature - specifically soil and untreated water. But modern city living with its emphasis on concrete and sterility, not to mention the de-natured soil our food is now grown in, have changed this relationship. We restore it by introducing aurum+ into your daily routine.

Not all mycobacteria are created equal.

M. aurum and its wider family of mycolicibacteria M. vaccae and M. obuense are mycolicibacteria.

This means they are non-pathogenic strains within the wider mycobacterial family. The mycobacteria family includes bacteria that cause tuberculosis and leprosy, whereas our strains are incapable of causing disease. (This is also why you should beware of using just any mycobacterium.)

M. aurum is heat killed after cultivation, adding an additional layer of safety to ensure no human infection occurs, but still retaining its cell structure and triggering the desired immune responses just as effectively. Mycobacteria have the thickest cell wall of any cell in nature - think of a tractor tyre compared to a balloon - the compounds that trigger the immune response are part of the cell wall and survive the heat killing process intact. We believe you need all the compounds to get the best effect.

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Mycobacteria and probiotic bacteria.

There are several differences between M. aurum and probiotics. 

Most probiotics are live organisms that colonise your gut and contribute to the microbiome.

Mycolicibacteria are transient commensals – this means that unlike many other bacteria they do not colonise the human gut and do not grow there, but are passed through with the faeces. 

They need to be replenished regularly and this is the case with M. aurum. There is no mechanism for storage of M. aurum in the body nor do you get used to it any more than you get used to breathing oxygen. The key is regular repeated exposure.

When it comes to a healthy microbiome, there are many organisms that are thought to be helpful. The best known are the lactobacilli, found commonly in yoghurt. However there are hundreds of different types, and the patterns vary enormously from person to person, as well as from country to country.

It is diversity and not individual organisms that matter.