What is Noni fruit

noni fruitThe noni plant, native to Asia, Australia, and the islands of Polynesia, is a small, shrubby tree that often grows among lava flows. Historically, noni was used to make a red or yellow dye for clothing. It was also used as medicine, usually applied to the skin. The plant's white flowers are tubular. The fruit is yellow-greenish-white in colour and large, with a pebbled surface. The ripe fruit has a characteristic cheese-like, bad odour.
Noni contains many substances, including potassium.[1][2]

Noni juice benefits

Noni, Morinda citrifolia, has been used extensively in folk medicine by Polynesians for over 2,000 years. Noni is a traditional food and medicine in many tropical areas including the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, India, and the Philippines. Ancient Hawaiians used Noni fruit for both internal and topical applications. Noni is still used by the local population in Hawaii for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart health maintenance, abnormal growths, and other chronic disorders, though no controlled human clinical studies exist to support these uses.
But based on clinical practice and numerous animal studies, it is widely believed that the polysaccharide-rich substances found in Noni fruit juice attack abnormal cells and abnormal growths by stimulating body's immune system. In animal cancer studies, Noni juice treatments reduced the formation of abnormal cells in the heart, lungs, liver, and kidney and prolonged the lifespan of mice by more than 75%.[1][2]

Nutritional value

Noni Juice in its structure contains a whole range of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.

In Noni juice was detected these groups of vitamins: B (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, B6, B12), vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin E and beta-carotene. The mineral composition comprises calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus. Along with an abundance of natural chemical components, Noni juice impresses with a wide spectrum of antioxidants: quercetin, vanillin, prokserotonin, kaempferol, izoskopoletin, scopoletin and other.

What is it used for?

Traditional/Ethnobotanical uses

Polynesian healers have used noni fruits for thousands of years to help treat a variety of health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, aches, pains, burns, arthritis, inflammation, tumours, the effects of aging, and parasitic, viral, and bacterial infections. Ancient healing manuscripts cite the fruit as a primary ingredient in natural healing formulations. Today, fruit preparations are sold as juice, in dried “fruit-leather” form, and as a dry extract in capsules.[1][2]

General uses

Noni has traditionally been used for colds, flu, diabetes, anxiety, and high blood pressure, as well as for depression and anxiety. All plant parts are used for a variety of illnesses in Samoan culture, and noni is one of the most frequently used Hawaiian plant medicines. Claims that have not been proven in clinical trials include: the use of bark for the treatment of bacterial infections, cough, diarrhea in infants, and stomach ailments; the flowers for sore or irritated eyes, styes, conjunctivitis, ocular inflammation, and coughs; the fruit for asthma, wounds, broken bones, mouth and throat infections, tuberculosis, worms, diarrhea, fever, vomiting, eye ailments, arthritis, depression, seizures, bacterial and fungal infections, viruses, and as a tonic; the fresh fruit juice for cancer; the dried leaves used externally for infections, burns, children's chest colds, and inflammation, and internally for boils, pleurisy, inflamed gums, and arthritic pain; the fresh leaves used externally for burns and internally for fevers, haemorrhage, bacterial infections, and inflammation; and the roots for oral ulcerations, fevers, and cancerous swellings.[1][2]

The most important Health benefits

  • Antioxidants

Noni Juice has a great antioxidant potential, making it easy to find free radicals and neutralize their negative effects. A small study group of heavy smokers showed that drinking noni juice, they become less susceptible to diseases caused by free radicals.

  • Anticancer Properties

The benefits of noni juice in the fight against various types of cancer (lung, liver, kidney) is associated with a lot of antioxidants in its composition. Various clinical and laboratory studies fully confirm these properties. There is also evidence that noni juice slows the growth of tumours in the breast.

  • Antispasmodic effect on muscle

Consumption of noni juice can help create a relaxing effect in the muscles. Studies have shown antispasmodic properties of noni juice, which helps suppress muscle spasms and reduce the pain.

  • Health of the cardiovascular system

Noni juice is useful for the health of the cardiovascular system, providing an expanding effect on blood vessels and improving blood flow. Vassel expanding the effect of noni juice helps regulate blood pressure and helps maintain a healthy heart. Furthermore, studies have shown a beneficial effect of noni juice in lipid profile, which is the main aspect in maintaining heart health. It may also be useful in reducing bad cholesterol, reduce total cholesterol levels and improve levels of good cholesterol in the blood.

  • Fighting exhaustion

Noni Juice - a time-tested remedy to fight general exhaustion of the body, which has been used for many years by Polynesians. Various clinical studies and trials have shown the features of noni juice to increase the physical capacity of the human body.

  • Liver protection

Noni juice is also known to be effective in protecting against liver diseases. According to studies, noni juice has a protective effect of the liver by protecting against serious diseases and a variety of liver damage.

  • Antipsychotic properties

Noni juice has been used for a long time to treat a variety of disorders of the central nervous system. Studies have shown a significant improvement in patients of their behavioural problems and demonstrated the enormous potential that can be further used to treat mental disorders. Furthermore, noni juice has a positive effect on brain damage, which may help prevent cerebral ischemic stress without affecting the effectiveness of antioxidants and enzymes acting in the body.

  • Arthritis

The healing properties of noni juice bring relief for inflammatory diseases such as arthritis. Scientific Assessment represents evidence that the analgesic effects of noni juice are based on reducing the destruction of the joints, causing pain in arthritis. Researchers also assume that noni juice is more effective than some known analgesics.

  • Diabetes

People with diabetes can gain some benefits of noni juice. According to studies, heave been proved the effectiveness of noni juice as a means to reduce the risk of Type II diabetes. Scientific evidence shows that the consumption of noni juice helps reduce glycated haemoglobin, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol. In addition, the juice increases insulin sensitivity and stimulates the uptake of glucose.

  • Healthy skin

Noni juice can be viewed as a natural aid for healthy skin. Studies show that Noni is rich in anthraquinones, which have the effect of collagen stimulation and prevent the formation of wrinkles on the skin surface. Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties of noni operate at the cellular level and are useful in treating various skin disorders, including acne, burns, allergies. The presence of essential fatty acids and a high concentration of Proxeronine in noni juice allows you to maintain the efficient functioning of cell membranes, helping to restore the skin.

  • Help with memory impairment

Noni juice can have a protective effect in treating problems associated with memory impairment. Studies in patients with weakened memory functions assumed that consumption of noni juice stimulates the cerebral blood flow and helps to improve memory function.

  • Protection of the immune system

Another benefit of noni juice - strengthening the immune system. Scopoletin present in the juice of noni possesses antibacterial, antimutagenic, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties, which contributes significantly to protection mechanisms in maintaining the immune system.

References:
[1] http://www.webmd.com
[2] http://www.drugs.com

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