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Calanus Oil Combats The New “Silent Killer”: Metabolic Syndrome

Calanus is a powerhouse substance. It blows away other fish oils and krill oil. It diminishes visceral fat, increases energy, improves glucose tolerance, improves cardiovascular health, helps normalize cholesterol and blood pressure.

Metabolic syndrome affects more than 1 in 3 people in the US.1 All told, metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions:2

  • Increased blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Excess body fat around the waist
  • Abnormal cholesterol and triglyderide levels

These occur together, increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke), type II diabetes, and blood lipid abnormalities. Typically exemplified by a pear-shaped body.

Metabolic syndrome robs you. It steals your health. It obliterates your appearance. It can end your life years before nature intended. Scientists call Metabolic Syndrome the “new” silent killer. However, for one unconventional scientist there is nothing new about it. Dr. Jan Raa worked tirelessly at conquering Metabolic Syndrome decades before it had a name or was even recognized by the medical establishment.

Some of you already know about one of Dr. Raa’s health discoveries, beta-glucan, a game changer in its own right. But what you don’t know is he also reached a milestone for conquering Metabolic Syndrome. This story is about how Dr. Raa finally found a way to improve metabolic health, and how his victory can be your victory.

The Dangers of Pear Belly

Pear belly consists of two kinds of fat, subcutaneous and visceral. Visceral fat is nasty. It not only balloons your belly, visceral fat is a gel like substance that wraps around major organs, including your liver, pancreas and kidneys. It’s the BLOB—alive, gooey, and deadly.

Visceral fat (intra-abdominal adipose tissue) acts like an independent organ gone mad. It can radically change your metabolism in the worst possible ways, a perfect storm wreaking havoc on your health. Visceral fat spews out pro-inflammatory signal molecules and other toxins that can devastate your immune system, short circuit your hormonal functions, hack into and compromise virtually all of your body’s safeguard systems that normally prevent obesity.

These fat cells churn out an enormous amount of inflammation that contributes to chronic disease.3 Think of visceral fat as the dark engine of Metabolic Syndrome.

The list of conditions associated with Metabolic Syndrome, reads like a wish list for the Grim Reaper. It bears repeating; coronary heart disease, cancer, stroke, dementia, diabetes, depression, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, obesity, sexual dysfunction, and sleep disorders, to name but a few.

Calanus Oil Combats Metabolic Syndrome

The dangers associated with obesity, coupled with its prevalence (more than 70% of U.S. adults are overweight or obese4) make finding a solution more important than ever.

When Dr. Raa began researching calanus oil he quickly surmised that he had discovered a substance that could diminish visceral fat better than anything he had ever seen. He was right. Calanus oil’s solid scientific documentation shows that it counteracts insulin resistance and other obesity-induced metabolic disorders and exhibit a potent anti-inflammatory effect.5

However, there’s more to the story. Dr. Raa continued researching calanus oil. What he found, he says, is like rediscovering calanus times ten!

Calanus is a powerhouse substance. It blows away other fish oils and krill oil. It diminishes visceral fat, increases energy, improves glucose tolerance, improves cardiovascular health, helps normalize cholesterol and blood pressure.

Calanus Oil Reduces Body Weight

Free fatty acid receptors are broadly regarded as nutrient sensors and are involved in the regulation of inflammatory and metabolic processes. One of these is the GPR120 receptor which is enriched in several tissues in the body, especially within the distal intestine and colon, as well as in adipose tissue and macrophages. This is a receptor for medium-and-long-chain unsaturated fatty acids, including omega-3 fatty acids.

Recent studies have shown GPR120 to play cardinal roles in metabolic disorders via modulation of gut hormone secretion, insulin sensitivity and body weight regulation.6

Preclinical data shows that calanus oil has a positive effect on blood sugar stabilization and weight gain reduction, or more precisely on reduced deposition of intra-abdominal and liver fat. These effects are specific for calanus oil and are not seen in other marine oils that are offered as supplements.

Anti-Inflammatory Effect

The mechanisms of insulin resistance are multifactorial and still under investigation, but it seems clear that low-grade inflammation, especially locally in abdominal adipose tissue, together with a constant nutrient excess play the key role. These conditions are strongly associated with intra-abdominal obesity.

Because the digestion of wax esters is very slow, the fatty acids (and fatty alcohols) in calanus oil will reach the distal intestine, whereas other omega-3 forms are absorbed too fast to get there. The distal intestine contains GPR120 receptors which interacts with the calanus oil PUFA.

The result is reduced deposition of intra-abdominal fat, leading to reduced adipocyte (fat cell) size, and profound anti-inflammatory effect.


Metabolic syndrome is a silent killer. It wreaks havoc on the body and is a major contributor to chronic diseases.

Chronic inflammation, oxidative stress, and metabolic abnormalities are all amplified by excess body fat, which accelerates the aging process and damages tissues.

In addition to contributing to metabolic health improvement, calanus oil combats many risk factors associated with excess weight, such as poor glucose control, abnormal cholesterol levels, and chronic inflammation.

These benefits can result in reducing the risks associated with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cognitive decline.


  1. Moore JX, Chaudhary N, Akinyemiju T. Metabolic Syndrome Prevalence by Race/Ethnicity and Sex in the United States, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1988-2012. Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 Mar 16;14:E24.
  3. Ellulu MS, Patimah I, Khaza’ai H, et al. Obesity and inflammation: the linking mechanism and the complications. Arch Med Sci. 2017 Jun;13(4):851-63.
  4. Fryar CD, Carroll MD, Ogden CL. Prevalence of overweight, obesity, and extreme obesity among adults aged 20 and over: United States, 1960-1962 through 2013-2014, National Center for Health Statistics Health E-Stats. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;2016.
  5. Kuk J.L., Katzmarzyk P.T., Nichaman M.Z., Church T.S., Blair S.N. and Ross R. (2006) Visceral fat is an independent predictor of all-cause mortality in men. Obesity14(2):336-41.
  6. Ulven, T. and Christiansen, E. (2015) Dietary Fatty Acids and Their Potential for Controlling Metabolic Diseases Through Activation of FFA4/GPR120 Annual Review of Nutrition 35:239–63.

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2 thoughts on “Calanus Oil Combats The New “Silent Killer”: Metabolic Syndrome


    I like the positive approach you make into chronic illnesses etc. I have a male friend with M S that struggles with day to day life and I would like an
    opinion on what might be possible in result if introduced RUBY RED in his daily diet.
    thanks for the info and optimism we get from your website.

    Kenneth Miller

    1. IMMUNOCORP says:

      Hi Lynn,

      Based on your question, you are likely aware of Omega-3’s and its observed benefits with those who have MS. While we cannot comment directly on Arctic Ruby Oil and MS, we believe ARO to be of the best source of Omega-3 fatty acids you will find.

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