The noni fruit, scientifically known as morinda citrifolia, is a tree that belongs to the coffee family. It grows most commonly in tropical climates, such as but not limited to Southeast Asia, certain regions of India, and Tahiti. The fruit-bearing tree grows extraordinarily well in these climates, so much that it may even be considered a nuisance plant to some farmers. Local native farmers such as in the Philippines may even cut down the trees, due to the fruit’sprolificacy and formidable odor.
However, despite noni fruit’s relative abundance in these tropical climates, it has been sought after as a miraculous healing fruit in the western world. Pure organic noni juice in particular has earned a reputation for providing numerous health benefits. These health benefits range from boosting immune system, to providing relief from aches and discomfort in the joints. The numerous health benefits are highlighted below.
- Antioxidants – Tahiti Noni Juice (TNJ) was studied in a 30 day clinical trial with 285 long-term smokers. They were given 29.5 mL of TNJ on a daily basis, and their SAR (superoxide anion radicals) and LOOH (lipid hydro peroxide) levels were measured before and after the study. It was concluded that TNJ provided a 26% reduction in SAR, and a 24% reduction in LOOH.
- Anti-Cancer – Noni fruit juice has been found to stimulate Nitric Oxide production in the body, which is a signaling molecule that aids in blood circulation, reduces tumor growth, as well as increasing the immune response to radically replicating cells.
- Liver protection – A 2008 laboratory study concluded that female rats treated with diluted noni exhibited diminished liver damage after being exposed to tetrachloride, a pollutant which causes liver cancer. The researchers noted that the noni fruit’s juice was beneficial in protecting from toxin exposure.
- Arthritis – Noni has been shown to reduce the painful inflammation of joints that accompany arthritis. Historically the leaves of the noni tree have been used in traditional medicine, where the leaves would be wrapped around the painful joint. Pure noni juice has exhibited the same inflammation reducing properties.
- Diabetes – A published study found that noni fruit’s juice was effective in controlling blood sugar levels, due to the compounds in noni fruit known as saponins and triterpenes. Noni juice was also shown to help in restoring pancreatic beta cells.
- Anti-depressant – The two vital hormones to mood balancing are serotonin and melatonin. Noni juice has been shown as an effective stimulant for these hormones, enabling treatment for depression. Melatonin also regulates your sleeping cycles, so noni juice will promote healthier sleep patterns.
These are just a few of the many health benefits of noni fruit. While researchers have already discovered many beneficial properties of drinking pure organic noni juice, research continues to be done. It’s also worth mentioning that noni has no known side effects, so there is certainly no harm in trying it for yourself. However, smaller amounts of noni should be given to children compared to the average dose for adults. You should also consider a 7 – 10 day on, 5 day off cycle if you choose to provide your child with noni juice.