UMA Global Foods


A database for the botanically curious

Essential Minerals in our Food

The human body is an amazing machine with millions of biochemical reactions taking place whether we are awake or sleeping. Today we will focus on minerals and trace elements. Minerals and trace elements are chemicals required for our body’s biochemical p

Cruciferous Superheroes

While this newsletter focuses on holistic diets covering a range of plant-based food groups, we want to call out a superstar food group – the cruciferous vegetables! Native to temperate East Asia, these vegetables can be found around the world; Broccoli,

Mushrooms: a humble culinary wonder

The humble mushroom has been prized for centuries; the Greeks believed it imbued strength in warriors, the Chinese treasured mushrooms as a source of vitality and the Romans believed it to be the “food of the gods”. There are over 2,000 species of mushroo

Nutrition and spine health

The spine is made up of 33 individual bones, with a myriad of tissues, muscles, joints, roots and intervertebral discs that interplay together to help in our daily movement. While there are several types of spinal injuries, we want to focus on the issue o

Food Feature: Broccoli

Love it or hate it, the broccoli is a nutrient superhero that has been highly prized across civilisations! Essentially a large edible flower, this cruciferous wonder can be found in most grocery aisles and in many cuisines around the world. We look at so

Sodium & Potassium – Fraternal twins, alike yet different

Sodium and Potassium form an electrolyte partnership that regulates blood & fluid volume in our body. Where potassium helps maintain fluid content inside cell walls, sodium is necessary for fluid regulation outside cell walls. This difference in pressure