What is noni?
Noni juice is derived from the fruit of a small evergreen plant called noni, also known as Indian mulberry normally found in global subtropics and tropics (South East Asia, the Caribbean and Australasia). Botanical name Morinda citrifolia, noni belongs to the Rubiaceae family and is privileged as the ‘queen’ of the Morinda genus owing to its conspicuous attributes, versatile nature and distinctive capability of spreading itself usually on the seashores without requiring much human intervention. It is often one of the earliest species, which grow on the freshly deposited lava flows typically in Hawaiian regions.
It’s an evergreen shrub, and all parts of the tree are used in medicines, including the fruit, leaves, stems and flowers.
The fruit itself can be juiced, eaten or used topically and it has some great health benefits. The famous Victoria Secret model Miranda Kerr loves to include noni juice in her healthy diet. Noni juice supplements have received some bad press lately, because some spammers have been claiming that it’s almost the elixir of life, but don’t be put off by that.
Since thousands of years, the natural healing power of noni juice has been esteemed for its ability to keep the skin healthy, boost energy levels and prevent general body weakness, accelerates wound healing and toughens the immune defense system of the body.
Nutrition Value of Noni juice
Noni juice offers an impressive gamut of healthful vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients.
Vitamin content of noni juice include
• Vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid ), vitamin B6, vitamin B12
• Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
• Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
Mineral content present in noni juice include
Along with this, the abundance of natural chemical constituents and an inspiring range of antioxidants such as
• Scopoletin accentuate the entire nutritional value of the noni juice.
Health benefits of noni juice
Health benefits of noni juice include prevention of cancer, protection and healthy functioning of liver maintenance of cardiovascular health, relaxed muscles, relief from memory problems and conditions like gout and diabetes.
The immense antioxidant potential of noni juice exerts antipsychotic, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects which are valuable in treating conditions like arthritis and disorders related to central nervous system.
• Effective in curing gout
• Boosts immune system
• Provides relief from arthritis
• Helps maintain healthy heart
• Rich in antioxidant properties
• Aids in reducing risk of type 2 diabetes
• Stimulates release of digestive enzymes
• Helps to prevent cerebral ischemic stress
• Effective in speeding up healing of wounds
• Helps improve cerebral blood flow & memory functions
• Effective in protecting against cancer and liver diseases
• Provides relief from muscle spasms & soothes associated pain & discomfort
• Helps in enhancing tolerance, elasticity & overall physical performance of body.
A long-established cure, noni is a plant with multiple benefits ranging from traditional usage of its wood for making tools to its juice being used as a first aid or for treating critical illnesses. Healing effects of noni juice for various medical conditions have been discussed as under:
21 Great Health and Scientific Improved Benefits of Noni Juice
1. General body fatigue:
Noni juice is a time-honored medicine and was traditionally used by Polynesians to combat general body weakness and advancing quality of life and energy levels.
Various clinical researches and studies have shown the ergogenic qualities of noni juice, which helps in enhancing
• The tolerance,
• General physical performance of the body.
2. Aid for memory impairment:
Noni juice may exert protective effect in curing the problems of memory impairment. Research studies conducted on subjects with weakened memory functions have suggested that consumption of noni juice encourages cerebral blood flow and helps improve memory functions.
3. Antioxidant potential:
Noni juice has a tremendous anti-oxidative potential, which seeks out for the oxygen free radicals and neutralize their negative effects.
A research conducted on the patients with heavy smoking habits making them vulnerable to many diseases have advocated the protective effect of noni juice in improving the radical scavenging potential of their bodies and providing relief from the diseases caused by oxidative stress.
4. Anti-aging properties:
The antioxidants and other nutrients, including vitamin C, found in noni juice, nourish the cells of the body and fight off the effect of free radicals. Drinking the juice is thought to ward of the signs of aging, maintain the elasticity of the skin and add a beautiful healthy glow to your complexion.
5. Antispasmodic effect on muscles:
Consumption of noni juice may help create a relaxing effect on the muscles.
Research studies have revealed the antispasmodic properties of noni juice possibly attributing to the blockade of voltage-dependent calcium channels and secretion of intracellular calcium content in the body. It helps in suppressing the muscles spasms and soothes the associated pain and discomfort.
6. Healthy skin:
Noni juice is a natural aid in beauty and skin care.
Studies suggest that
• Noni juice is rich in protective chemical constituents, anthraquinones which exert collagen stimulating effects and prevents the formation of wrinkles on the skin surface
• Anti-inflammatory properties of noni juice work at the cellular levels and are useful in curing various skin disorders including
o allergic skin reactions
• The presence of essential fatty acids and high concentration of biochemical component proxeronine, which is a precursor to the alkaloid xeronine in noni juice supports efficient functioning of cell membranes, tends to normalize abnormal cells and help restores young and healthy skin.
7. Wound healing:
The juice of Morinda citrifolia or noni is effectual in speeding up healing of wounds.
Research study evaluating the wound curing properties of noni juice has revealed positive results with respect to the increase in the weight of the granulation tissues, functioning of collagen and hydroxyproline and protein content.
As mentioned above, noni juice helps in reducing the blood sugar levels in the body, which can also be correlated to the accelerated wound healing process.
8. Combats hair loss:
The vitamins and minerals contained in noni juice help to promote the healthy growth of hair. Drinking the juice strengthens the immune system and promotes healthy blood circulation. Noni juice is often recommended for people who have been through cancer treatments, to help promote the re-growth of their hair.
9. Stronger immune defense:
Strengthened immune system is yet another benefit of noni juice, which accentuates its credibility. Since the earlier times noni juice has been valued for its effectiveness in fighting infections and other ailments attributing to the presence of valuable polysaccharides.
These helpful components stimulate the activity of white blood cells, which play an important role in exerting such protective effect.
Scopoletin present in noni juice possess anti-bacterial, antimutagenic (anti-inflammatory), antifungal and anti-histamine properties, which significantly contribute in sustaining the immune defense mechanism of the body.
Diabetic individuals may also benefit from the healing power of Morinda citrifolia or noni extracts. This has been proven by a research study, which has shown the effectiveness of noni juice as a remedial herb for reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Scientific evidence has testified that consumption of noni juice helps in reducing the level of glycosylated hemoglobin, serum triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in the body. In addition to this, it works towards enhancing insulin sensitivity and stimulates the uptake of glucose.
Healing powers of noni juice brings relief in inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
Scientific evaluation has provided qualitative evidence regarding the analgesic traits of noni juice which helps in alleviating pain and sensitivity thereby, reducing the joint destruction implicated in the painful arthritis. The study also suggested that the remedial efficacy of noni juice is at par with some of the well-known commercially available analgesic drugs.
Morinda Citrifolia or noni juice extends its therapeutic effects in curing gout. The effectiveness of noni juice in curing such diseases attributes to its inhibitory action on the xanthine oxidase enzymes, which are implicated in gout and its associated problems. Scientific research has also supported this curative effect of noni juice which has been in practice from over thousands of years.
13. Analgesic properties
Studies have shown that the noni fruit has analgesic properties, comparable with off-the-shelf painkillers. It can be effective in reducing pain for sufferers of arthritis and the noni tree is known, in some quarters, as the painkiller tree.
Noni juice has anti-psychotic qualities. The juice has been historically utilized for treating a range of ailments including the disorders related to central nervous system.
Noni juice has
• Mild sedative properties.
The fruit helps to stimulate the production of
• The mood balancing hormone serotonin
• Melatonin, which calms you and helps you get a good night’s sleep.
Studies investigating the anti-psychotic effects of noni juice have shown significant improvement in the subjects especially with respect to their behavioral issues and have demonstrated its huge potential to be used in curing psychiatric disorders.
Additionally, noni juice has also been suggested to have therapeutic effect on the brain damage attributing to the curing power of natural chemical components. It may assist in preventing cerebral ischemic stress without affecting the efficacy of good enzymes and antioxidants functioning in the body.
15. Controls hypertension:
Another noni juice health benefit is that it can help control hypertension. The juice of the noni fruit contains an amino acid called tryptophan, which helps to promote the production of serotonin which, amongst other things, helps you and your body to relax and so helps to control high blood pressure.
The anti-cancer qualities of noni juice have been traditionally trusted and advocated by the modern science. Various clinical and laboratory research have suggested the chemo-preventive properties of noni juice in the prevention of various cancers such as
• Lung cancer,
• Liver cancer
• Renal cancer
Noni anticancer property due to the abundance of healing antioxidants.
As supported by another scientific finding, effectiveness of noni juice in reducing the risk of cancer attributes to its ability to block the carcinogen-DNA binding and prevent adduct formation.
Furthermore evidences have revealed the efficacy of noni juice in retarding the tumor growth in mammary glands by significantly decreasing the weight and volume of the tumors in the subjects.
17. Cardiovascular health:
Noni juice may prove valuable in maintaining cardiovascular health. Noni juice exerts dilating effects on the blood vessels by comforting the smooth muscles cells within the cells walls resulting in a better flow of blood in the arteries.
This vasodilating effect of noni juice helps regulate the blood pressure and assists in maintaining a healthy heart.
Furthermore, research has demonstrated the positive effects of noni juice on the lipid profiles, which are again a major aspect in the maintenance of cardiac health. It may benefit in reducing the LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, total cholesterol content, homocysteine and improves HDL (good) cholesterol levels in the body.
18. Liver protection:
Noni fruit is also known for its effectiveness in protecting against the liver diseases.
As supported by research study, noni juice exercises hepato-protective effects on the liver, which assists in protecting the organ from exposures to chronic exogenous chemicals and defends against major illnesses like liver damage.
19. Gastric emptying:
Noni juice may prove useful through its impact on the gastric emptying process in which the food exits the stomach and enters the duodenum.
The results from a study conducted on noni juice revealed that phytonutrients present in noni juice delays the gastric emptying which slows down the digestion resulting in slow discharge of sugars in the bloodstream.
The study also suggests that noni juice stimulates the release of digestive enzymes, cholecystokinin without altering the volume of urine, feces and intestinal transit.
20. Helps to control blood sugar levels
When used in conjunction with insulin treatments, noni juice was found in a research study to assist in controlling the blood sugar levels in diabetics. The fruit contains the compounds triterpenes and saponins, which are known to benefit in this way.
21. Noni juice weight loss
Another one of health benefits of noni juice is that it aids weight loss and promotes muscle growth.
Drinking noni juice produces nitric oxide in the body, which is used by the muscles to metabolize energy. The effect of this is that nitric oxide is that it takes energy from food and fat deposits to feed the muscles, thus helping you to lose weight, whilst building up muscle mass at the same time.
Have you ever tried to drink noni juice? What other health benefits of noni juice did we forget to include in our list?
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Dr. Liana Nenacheva