- Natural extract of Calanus finmarchicus zooplankton
- Unique in composition and origin
- New type of omega-3 fatty acids (wax esters)
- Rich in astaxanthin
- Contains 500 mg of Calanus oil per softgel
- 60 softgels
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What is Plankton oil?
Ergomax Plankton oil consists of a natural extract of the Calanus finmarchicus. This is a small (3-5 mm) lobster species from the Calanidae family. These animals are part of the zooplankton sitting at the beginning of the food chain and are found in large quantities in the Arctic Ocean. Calanus finmarchicus contains valuable and unique omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
Ergomax Calanus oil concentrate contains a special composition of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA, DHA and SDA). The uniqueness of Calanus oil lies in the main form of the fatty acids: that of 'wax esters'. This form gives the oil specific and beneficial health properties that are either less or not at all present in alternative oils such as fish oil and krill oil.
Avantages of Plankton oil
- Rich in astaxanthin
- Source of wax ester omega-3 fatty acids
- Very sustainably harvested
- No accumulation of toxins
- Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids: EPA, DHA, SDA
- Highly concentrated
The difference in activity between omega-3 fatty acids from Calanus oil and those found in other omega-3 oils is due to the fact that wax esters are digested more slowly than the ethyl esters and triglycerides encountered in most fish oils. In the digestion of wax esters the free fatty acids likely descend lower into the intestines: the so-called distal part of the small intestine and the colon. These intestinal regions are richest in receptors that respond to these free fatty acids: the fatty acid sensors GPR120 / FFA4 (a G protein-coupled receptor).
As far as human diets go, wax ester omega-3 fatty acids are not a novelty: they have long been known in several more traditional societies, many located in Northern parts of Europe, Greenland and Canada, such as the Inuit. Among other sources, whale, penguin and seal are rich in these types of fatty acids and were abundantly found in the diet of these populations. Because of mainly ethical reasons these animals are today hardly caught for human consumption; definitely not in modern, Western societies.
Of mentioned traditional populations it is known that despite an historically low average life expectancy (mainly caused by high infant mortality and inadequate direct provisions) the absolute age that a person could expect to live - as the critical stage of childhood had been survived - was often high. Moreover, hunter-gatherers in many cases reached high ages in good health.
Pure, responsible and sustainable
Every production batch of Calanus oil is tested for impurities, for example on heavy metals and microbiological contaminations (bacteria, yeasts, fungi). The oil that is used meets strict European regulations. In addition, the Calanus finmarchicus subsists at the very beginning of the food chain (the lowest trophic level), as a result of which accumulation of toxins hardly plays any role.
The Calanus Finmarchicus selected by Ergomax is caught in the Arctic Ocean. The total biomass in these waters is approximately 300 million tons: many times larger than the total biomass of fish. Harvesting takes place according to a slow, energy-efficient process.
Fatty acids EPA and DHA SDA
The omega-3 fatty acids EPA, DHA, SDA occur mainly in sea food sources. Countless studies and articles describe the effect of these special fatty acids. Because of the usually low intake of omega-3 from food, dietary supplements with omega-3 fatty acids are considered to be the basic products for many. Adequate intake is an important point of attention whether done by eating fish or supplementation.
Oxidation, fish oil and anti-oxidants
An important issue with omega-3 products such as fish oil is the naturally low antioxidant content. Decay (oxidation) is thus a legitimate concern. Plankton oil from Calanus finmarchius naturally contains high levels of the antioxidant astaxanthin. In addition, the wax ester structure contributes to the stability of the oil and ensures that the omega-3 fatty acids inside the capsule do not spoil. This guarantees quality and extends shelf life for up to two years at room temperature.
The origin and evolution of the nervous system are among the most intriguing and enigmatic events in biology. G-protein-coupled receptors are the largest superfamily of membrane-bound proteins that control crucial processes in the body. These receptors evolved more than 800 million years ago and are therefore deeply and in many different ways interwoven with overall physical functioning. Functions include the homeostatic regulation of systemic metabolic processes, for example.
Research into these receptors has not been around for very long but attention in science has increased enormously within a short time span. When the omega-3 fatty acids from Calanus oil are absorbed, these fatty acid sensors are activated in the intestinal wall. EPA and DHA include activators of GPR120 / FFA4. Via these fatty acid sensors omega-3 fatty acids stimulate the release of various body-specific signal substances.
The high content of stearidonic acid (SDA) is also interesting, because it is an efficient precursor for EPA.
500 mg Calanus oil (Calanus finmarchicus) **
crustaceans: 425 mg wax esters, 145 mg unsaturated fatty acids, 105 mg total omega 3 (including 33 mg EPA, 28 mg DHA and 38 mg SDA), 300 mcg astaxanthin.
** Reference Intake (RI) not established.