Noni is an exotic fruit also known as Indian mulberry, beach mulberry, great Morinda, Lada, Wild Pine, or Tahitian noni. The noni tree produces fruit year round. It usually grows in hot tropical climates but can be found growing on rocky mountains, in lush tropical forests, or along sandy seashores. Noni is known as an excellent carbohydrate and fiber fruit. It has also been used as a folk medicine for centuries, although no current studies have substantiated the medicinal claims, and if someone tells you noni will cure all your ills, beware!
Various parts of the noni are used for medicinal purposes. For instance, in China, Japan, Samoa, Tahiti, and the Polynesian Islands the noni’s bark, leaves, flowers, roots, and fruit are used to treat fevers, gum and skin irritations, respiratory difficulties, and eye and throat problems, as well as stomach aches, constipation, and mental imbalances. In Indochina the fruit is eaten to relieve asthma, menstrual cramps, and dysentery, while Hawaiians use the fruit to draw out pus, and Malyasians use leaves as compresses for colds, colic, or nausea.
Scientists have just begun to look at the noni and have found it contains these things:
- Beta-Sitosterol − Beta Sitosterol is what scientists believe may give noni fruit its anti-cholesterol abilities. Several studies have been done, and here’s one in relation to noni and serum cholesterol and triglycerides that was published in Journal of the American Heart Association.
- Dietary Fiber − Fiber or roughage is what helps food move through the digestive tract properly so as to prevent constipation and colon cancer.
- Flavonoids − Flavonoids or bioflavonoids are what cause plants to have color. They are also antioxidants and have anti-allergy, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. Wine and tea are also known to have flavonoidal health benefits.
- Lignans − Lignans are chemical compounds known as phytoestrogens that mimic estrogen, but also behave like antioxidants. The greatest source of lignans is flax seed, and the belief is lignans help prevent cancer, so, studies are underway to verify it.
In addition, noni fruit is a good source of vitamin C, iron, niacin, potassium, and calcium. Studies have shown it is helpful to increase endurance, balance, and flexibility. For instance, a study performed with long distance runners in Moscow and published in July 2008, found noni improved “physical endurance through [an] increase in antioxidant activity.”
There are several brands of noni juice that have recently hit the market. Here’s the list:
- AgroLabs. They offer their Naturally Organic Noni 2x double strength at Costco, Kerr Drug, KMart, Sams Club, Walgreens, and Walmart.
- Healing Noni. This noni juice is from the big island of Hawaii, and a 12 ounce bottle starts at $4.95.
- Tahitian Noni Juice. They sell it by the case or in 2, 4, or 8 packs.
Noni juice is high in potassium. It should be used sparingly, and some