Have you ever heard of the Noni fruit? Noni juice has been infiltrating the health conscious community for some time now, and is starting to have a pretty massive cure-all reputation. Living here in Hawaii where we have bountiful noni trees growing on our property, and I’ve had the unique experience of working with this fruit and the plant in a variety of different ways.
It’s actually hard for me to associate the word “fruit” to noni since it really is one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever smelled – and tasted! Although I do know a rare few people who actually like to chomp down on a ripe noni fruit, these people are the rare exception. But if you can get past the incredibly disgusting smell, worse that dirty socks mixed with the moldiest blue cheese, folklore remedies say that this potent plant can indeed act as a powerful plant medicine in many different ways, by using not only the fruit but the leaves as well.
Many people ferment the noni in a big jar, which believe it or not can make it smell even worse than it already does, and take small daily doses of the noni liquid, believed to be the “elixir of life.”
Here in Hawaii, Noni, or Morinda citrifolia, has been part of traditional medicine for centuries. Noni is found in many tropical geographical areas including the Phillipines, India, the Pacific Islands, and Southeast Asia. This irregular shaped fruit, which is about the size of a potato, is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals: Vitamin B1, B2, Be, B5, B6, B12, C, folate and beta-carotene, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous.
10 Health Benefits of Noni Juice
1. Improves Heart Health
Consuming noni helps dilate the blood vessels, resulting in greater arterial blood flow which in turns helps regulate blood pressure.
2. Improves Liver Health
Noni helps protect the liver when it is exposed to chemicals and also prevents liver cell damage. Noni can also help restore the liver back to health due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
When you include noni in your diet on a regular basis, you are reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes, which in turn is related to a wide range of disease, including heart disease, poor circulation in your legs and feet resulting in nerve damage, kidney disease, and loss of vision. Noni helps to increase your insulin sensitivity and stimulates the uptake of glucose, both processes that protect against type 2 diabetes.
4. Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Oxidative Effects
Research has show that noni juice has anti-inflammatory and oxidative properties.The evidence continues to mount regarding the negative impact inflammation and oxidation have on our health. If you live in the tropics and have access to a noni tree, and it’s leaves in particular, which help to reduce inflammation, you can use it to help mend bones and heal sprained ankles.
5. Energy and Overall Well-Being
People who consume noni on a regular basis report that they have more energy, that they are not as tired, and have more physical endurance which leads to a general feeling of well-being.
6. Rejuvenates Skin
Noni is a great additional to your skin and hair care regime when applied and also take internally. None increases the production of collagen which is the foundation upon which skin sits. This is my most frequent use of noni, on my skin and in my hair. It makes my hair feel incredibly soft and my skin super smooth. This would be amazing used in conjunction with a plant-based skin exfoliant.
7. Helps Ease Arthritis
Anyone with arthritis will tell you that the inflammation in their joints is painful and often restricts their activities of daily living. Noni brings relief to arthritis sufferers by reducing the inflammation and pain.
8. Regulates Sleep
Noni works with melatonin, (produced by your pineal gland to regulate your circadian rhythm which is your wake-sleep cycle), and the neurotransmitter serotonin, to regulate sleep, body temperature and mood.
9. Alleviates Pain
Noni contains a phytonutrient that is a precursor to xeronine, which helps in the absorption of endorphins that are effective in relieving pain.
10. Strengthens Immune System
The polysaccharides in noni help to fight infection, stimulate the activity of white blood cells which in turn protect the body from illness.
What’s your experience with noni? Have you ever tried taking it? Noni juice is widely available as a juice or a concentrate, but like everything regarding plants-as-food, fresh is always best! Next time you’re in the tropics be sure to try a noni fruit or noni juice while you’re here!
Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii!