Calanus® Oil is a new and highly bioactive form of omega-3. Calanus® Oil´s solid scientific documentation show that it counteracts insulin resistance and other obesity-induced metabolic disorders and exhibit a potent anti-inflammatory effect.

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Water by the coast of Norway
C. finmarchicus is harvested in the pure waters off the coast of Norway

Calanus® Oil – The New Lipids from the Arctic, is the natural lipid extract from the small copepod Calanus finmarchicus. C. finmarchicus is the most abundant animal species on the planet, and the engine of the North Atlantic ecosystem. These precious lipids are finally available as a source of nutrients for humans.

Whereas classic omega-3s come as triglycerides, ethyl esters and phospholipids, Calanus® Oil comes as wax esters. Calanus® Oil is the only commercially available marine source of wax esters.

In comparative studies with classic omega-3, Calanus® Oil has demonstrated more potency, higher uptake and additional benefits, clearly showing that the form of omega-3 is at least as important as the amount of omega-3 ingested.

The wax esters in Calanus® Oil are digested in the distal intestine, giving a slow but complete uptake, which also allows for interaction with GPR120 receptors, which are in the colon. This receptor interaction gives metabolic effects and supports insulin sensitivity and reduction of intra-abdominal- and liver fat deposition.

Test tube with Calanus Oil
C. finmarchicus produces astaxanthin, which gives Calanus® Oil a dark red colour

Calanus® Oil also has a potent anti-inflammatory action through Stearidonic acid, SDA, which competes with omega-6 fatty acid GLA for the elongase enzyme, thereby reducing the amount of GLA being converted to pro-inflammatory arachidonic acid. Finally, reduced deposition of intra-abdominal fat supports adipocyte health, resulting in reduced low-grade inflammation.

The biomedical research on Calanus® Oil is done by independent researchers at UiT- The Arctic University of Norway and other scientific institutions in Norway and abroad. The researchers are encouraged by the good results.

This video shows how digestion of wax esters and release of fatty acids in the colon activates GPR120 receptors on immune cells, which secretes hormones controlling the metabolism of fat and sugar.

As per 2018 Calanus AS supplies Calanus® Oil to human clinical trials within metabolic health, insulin sensitivity and cognitive function in children.

Download the full list of publications here and read more about the research here.

Calanus® Oil box

  • The New Lipids from the Arctic.
  • Eco-friendly harvesting of Calanus finmarchicus – a unique and sustainable resource.
  • Arctic freshness- Natural processing without solvents.
    Naturally high in astaxanthin.
  • Potent wax ester form that counteracts lifestyle-induced metabolic conditions.
  • The only marine oil that targets metabolic syndrome and development of diabetes 2.
  • Powerful anti-inflammatory action.
  • New story and new target groups open unique market positioning.


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