The wax ester and astaxanthin in Arctic ruby oil may help prevent atherosclerosis, according to a 2012 article in The Journal of Nutrition. Omega-3 fatty acids can help treat or prevent many conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension and heartbeat irregularities, notes Mayo Clinic.
Arctic ruby oil, or calanus oil, is made from the oil of Calanus finmarchicus, a small crustacean harvested off the coast of Norway, according to Immunocorp. Immunocorp tablets contain 500 milligrams of calanus oil, each of which has 460 milligrams of wax ester, 0.75 milligrams of astaxanthin and 200 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids. People older than 12 can take one to two of these tablets daily.
Norwegian researchers demonstrated that calanus oil attenuates the development of atherosclerosis in mice, according to an article in The Journal of Nutrition. While the authors state that the exact mechanism is unknown, they believe that the high concentration of wax ester and astaxanthin in the oil explains this observed benefit. They also conclude that the oil could probably be used safely in humans to reduce inflammation and protect against atherosclerosis. In addition, the wax esters in calanus oil could potentially aid in blood glucose and weight management, according to NutraIngrediants-USA.com.
Individuals who take calanus oil may also benefit from its high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent coronary heart disease, lower triglycerides and improve blood pressure management, states Mayo Clinic.