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Health Benefits of Noni (Morinda citrifolia)

You may not have heard of noni juice, but after learning more about it, you won’t be able to stop talking about it. Noni (morinda citrifolia) is also known as Indian mulberry and is very prevalent in the pacific islands; it is the juice made from this fruit that has been taking the world by storm. Although it was traditionally only used to dye clothes, noni is now getting quite the reputation for its impressive medicinal benefits.

Health Benefits of Noni

1. Fights Cancer

Many studies have supported the anti-cancer properties of noni juice; it is believed to prevent cancers such as lung, liver and renal thanks to its abundance of antioxidants. Noni juice may also be able to prevent carcinogens from binding to the DNA of cells, and thus can nip cancer right in the bud. As if this isn’t enough, there is also growing evidence that noni juice may inhibit tumor growth. As briefly mentioned, noni is rich in a variety of antioxidants which help hunt down and eliminate free radicals from the body.

2. Supports a Healthy Heart

The juice from noni is able to dilate blood vessels and soothe the cell walls of arteries, which is very good news for those that suffer from high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol. In fact, a growing body of research implies that noni can effectively lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels while improving HDl (good) cholesterol levels.

3. Gout

Noni is able to treat gout because of its ability to inhibit xanthine oxidase enzymes. The juice of noni has been used to treat gout and similar ailments for hundreds of years.

4. Supports Central Nervous System

Noni in one form or another has been used for generations to address behavioral issues as well as psychiatric challenges. It is believed that noni may have a therapeutic effect on the brain, and can address damage and/or chemical imbalances. This support to the nervous system may also translate to healthy cerebral blood flow and an improvement in cognition and memory.

5. Diabetes

Noni extract has been used in studies to show the ability of the fruit to enhance insulin sensitivity and stimulate the uptake of glucose. It may also lower the risk of type-2 diabetes thanks to its role in reducing glycosylated hemoglobin, serum triglycerides, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

6. Arthritis Relief

This fruit is also effective in treating arthritis, thanks to its ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Some scientists believe that noni not only reduces inflammation, but that it also alleviates pain and prevents/reverses joint deterioration.

7. Supports the Immune System

Being rich in antioxidants, noni also helps strengthen the immune system and protects the body from bugs and viruses. It also stimulates the production of white blood cells, which aids the body in fighting off infections.

8. Supports Your Skin

It is believed that noni can improve the appearance of your skin, as well as expedite the process of wound healing. Because certain properties of noni stimulate collagen production, noni can help reduce and prevent signs of aging. In addition, noni’s natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it useful in treating acne, allergic reactions, hives, and more.

Noni has also been used to support liver function and protect it from damage, address fatigue, prevent and treat muscle cramping, and more.

How to Use Noni

Noni fruit can be pressed into juice with either a juicer or by squeezing the ripe fruit through a cheesecloth. Noni juice has a bit of a bland flavor, and this can be enhanced by mixing it with other things such as grape juice, raspberry juice, or peach juice.

To make fermented noni juice:

  • Use a jar that is made of glass but food grade plastic will be sufficient as well. The jar should be more than 6 inches tall by 4 inches in diameter. On average, a noni fruit is 4 to 5 inches tall.
  • To pick a ripe noni fruit, know that a ripe specimen is a honey-yellow color. It is vital to pick the fruit before it has turned completely white. Rinse the fruit off under running water, this will remove all dirt. Place the fruit in an area with sun and allow it to dry for several hours. After this, the flesh will be soft and translucent and the fruit itself will have a foul odor. This is the ideal stage for the fruit to be in before it begins to ferment.
  • Put the fruit in the jar and seal the lid. The lid should be airtight on its own and no other measures should be taken. If the jar allows any airflow, this can lead to contamination.
  • The noni should ferment 6 to 8 weeks. Put the jar outside in a sunny location. The juice will seep from the fruit on its own. Initially it will be a light amber color but will darken as time passes.
  • The sediment should be removed with a filter or a strainer. Pour the liquid through a mesh wire strainer with small spaces and into a sterilized jar.

It is suggested to take two tablespoons of noni juice per day. This would be the equivalent of 2 to 3 capsules taken with a few ounces of water.

Caution

Although noni does provide a plethora of benefits, it may interact with those on medication for kidney problems, and it is also extremely high in potassium, which can cause negative interactions with various drugs and treatments. Be sure to run it by your physician or herbalist before you start incorporating noni into your daily routine.

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