Selección Familiar Arbequina, get to know more about the key variety of our territory

The 2020 harvest continues at a good pace this year and with the rain and the first fogs of the season the color of Arbequina variety olives are starting to change. The green color they had at the beginning of the season is taking now a purple hue and the yield increases. This means that the extracted olive oil is less spicy and has flavors reminiscent of apple and herb with sweet hints of banana.

From a nutritional point of view, olive oil from the Arbequina variety is characterized by an average content of oleic acid and a high level of essential fatty acids such as linoleic and linolenic, which give it its characteristic fluidity and health benefits.

The relationship between omega-9 and polyunsaturated omega-3 and 6 monounsaturated fatty acids in Arbequina variety is very balanced, therefore making this oil good for the heart.

We must bear in mind that, when entering our body, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids compete with each other, which means that too much of one will inhibit the synthesis of the other. One of the benefits of omega-9 fats is that they do not interfere with omega-3 metabolism, allowing each one to fulfil its functions in the organism in an appropriate way, thus achieving a healthy balance.

It is necessary to incorporate balanced proportions of essential and non-essential fatty acids to maintain good heart health and general well-being, and this can be achieved by consuming arbequina extra virgin olive oil.

Arbequina olives in their harvest on the PONS estate

Monounsaturated oleic acid

Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid from the omega 9 series that can be found in a large proportion in olive oil. Although our body produces it, it is important to incorporate it with food to get the right amount. It has been found that oleic acid can contribute to reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, increasing the level of “good” HDL cholesterol (which removes cholesterol from the arterial walls and brings it back to the liver) and lowering the level of “bad” LDL cholesterol (which carries cholesterol from the liver to the rest of the body); therefore, it facilitates eliminating the accumulation of plaques in the arterial walls, which can be the cause of a stroke. In addition, oleic acid has a beneficial effect on regulating the metabolism of fats and the balance of body weight. Therefore, this fatty acid has a very important role when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet and a healthy body weight.

Essential fatty acids: linoleic and linolenic

Linoleic and linolenic are polyunsaturated fatty acids from the omega-6 and omega-3 series, respectively.

These two fatty acids are essential, because our body cannot produce them and they must be incorporated with food. Their role in the human body is very important because they contribute to cell growth and the development and optimal operation of the brain system (of which they are part), in addition to enabling us to assimilate some vitamins and minerals.

In addition, they regulate the transport, degradation and elimination of cholesterol from the organism; they have natural anti-inflammatory properties, inhibiting the substances that cause inflammation; they reduce the incidence of cardiovascular diseases acting as antiarrhythmic agents, improving vascular endothelial operation and lowering blood pressure.

These benefits of Arbequina olives are known around the world, which is why the two products we leave below, the Selección Familiar Arbequina, are among the best-selling of our brand: