What is Noni?
The botanical name of noni is Morinda Citrifolia. It belongs to genus Morinda and Rubiaceae family (coffee family) which has around 80 species. Noni is native to South East Asia and Australia and now as it’s medicinal uses are getting widely known, it is grown widely all over the world.
The tree grows up to 9 feet tall and bears fruits throughout the year. The fruits have a weird shape and smell pungent when ripe. Almost all parts of the tree are used both in traditional medicine and in cosmetics.
The fruits are green in color and when ripe turns almost white in color. Despite it’s long usage it has never been a food plant because noni fruit tastes bland and has a pungent smell that many dislike.
Noni Fruit Common Names:
Noni Fruit Nutrition:
Noni Fruit Chemical Constitution:
Noni fruit and other parts of noni tree contains many phytochemicals that include phenolic compounds, anthraquinones, flavonoids, iridoids, lignans, ketones, sterols, carotenoids, nucleoside, triterpenoids.
The fruit goes through 3 stages – unripe green, hard ripe white and soft ripe white. Out of these 3 stages, the hard ripe stages contains the maximum nutrients and phytochemicals, it contains 2 times more antioxidants, one and half times more phenols and 7 times more vitamin C.
The presence of all these compounds are responsible for it’s anti obesity, anti cancer, anti tumor, anti inflammatory, anti diabetic, anti viral, anti bacterial, anti fungal, antiseptic, anti arthritics, anti allergic, analgesic, wound healing, anti nausea, anti wrinkle, anti ulcer, anthelmintic, anti psychotic properties and immune enhancing properties.
Noni Traditional Medicinal Uses:
How To Consume Noni?
Noni Fruit Juice:
How To Make Noni Juice at Home?
a. Fresh Noni Juice:
b. Fermented Noni Juice:
Where To Buy Non Fruit Juice?
Noni Juice Dosage:
Generally 30 ml is the suggested dosage and I would suggest starting with this dosage. You can even start with 15 ml if you are not comfortable. If you feel you need to drink more, you can slowly increase it to 45 ml but don’t overdose. The best time to take noni juice is in the morning, 15 to 20 minutes before having your breakfast.
Noni juice tastes bad so be prepared for it, it is not that noni juice tastes bitter or sour, it just the weird smell. I have not tried store bought noni juices so I don’t know the dosage for store bought noni juices. I would suggest following the instructions in the bottle.
Noni Leaf Tea:
I also wanted to mention about noni leaf tea, it also has wonderful anti oxidant, anti fatigue, anti diabetic and anti microbial properties. Noni leaf tea is nothing but noni leaf boiled in water, it has strong anti microbial properties.
In research, noni leaf extract showed powerful action against microorganisms like Escherichia Coli, Staphylococcus Aureus, Bacillus Subtilis, etc. This antimicrobial activity is due to the large amounts of phenolic compounds present in the leaves.
Noni Juice Side Effects:
Consuming large amount of noni juice should be strictly avoided, several side effects have been reported after excessive noni juice consumption. A young man after suffering from hepatitis took 1.5 liters of noni juice and he suffered from sub acute liver failure.
An older lady who suffered from liver disease developed acute hepatitis after she consumed 2 liters of noni juice. The toxicity of noni fruit is said to be due to the high amounts of anthraquinones present in it. However many commercial noni juice makers remove the toxic compounds from the juice making it safe to drink.
But I would suggest practicing caution and to never over consume noni juice. Also noni juice is high in potassium and people with kidney and liver problems should be very careful of the dosage.
10 Top Health Benefits Of Noni Fruit Juice:
1. Noni Juice Anti Diabetic Properties:
Noni has amazing anti diabetic properties and is wonderful for reducing the blood sugar levels very very effectively. In a study done on rats, noni juice has been proven to be very effective in reducing blood sugar levels.
Both fermented noni juice and fresh noni juice can be used for bringing down the blood sugar levels. If you are on diabetic medications, I would suggest mentioning noni juice intake to your physician as consuming both together will reduce the blood sugar levels dramatically.
2. Noni Juice For Skin & Hair:
Noni juice is full of antioxidants and consuming noni juice in the correct dosage greatly helps prevent free radicals which are the main culprits for premature ageing of our skin and hair. Consuming noni juice also greatly helps with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Since noni juice has anti inflammatory properties, it reduce skin and scalp inflammations as well. If you have access to fresh noni fruit, you can apply the fresh fruit pulp on the face, it will greatly treat the inflammation very effectively.
3. Noni Juice Anti Ulcer Properties:
Noni has been used for anti ulcer properties for a long time traditionally. Noni juice reduces the inflammation and irritation in our stomach. It prevents the formation of gastric lesions and also it reduces the gastric acid secretion significantly which is the main cause for ulcer formation. The compound that gives noni juice anti ulcer properties is scopoletin. Noni juice is a good remedy for gastritis and stomach related issues.
4. Noni Juice Anti Fatigue Properties:
Another important use of noni fruit juice is it’s ability to delay fatigue and enhance energy. Though anti fatigue properties will benefit everyone, athletes will benefit the most out of it as even few moments of delayed fatigue and increased energy will ensure that they win the race. Instead of relying on sugar laden energy drinks, athletes can consume noni juice.
5. Noni Juice Anti Cancer Properties:
If you ask anyone the benefits of noni juice, the first use they will mention is it’s anti cancer properties. Noni is rich in antioxidants and consuming noni can be especially helpful in the initial stages of cancer. Anti cancer effect of noni is due to it’s antioxidant and carcinogen prevention properties. Both fresh noni juice and fermented noni juice can be taken…
6. Noni Juice For Weight Loss:
Both fresh noni fruit juice and fermented fruit juice have anti obesity properties. The more we turn down our traditional food habits, the chances of us becoming fatter also increases many fold.
Regular exercise, eating a healthy diet along with natural herbal supplements are the only ways to lose excess body fat. Noni fruit juice has been proven to reduce the total cholesterol and triglyceride levels beyond doubt, you can read the study that proves it here.
7. Noni Juice For Wound Healing:
Noni fruit has amazing wound healing properties and so does the juice. One significant use of noni for diabetic patients other than reducing blood sugar levels is it’s wound healing properties.
We all know that it takes a long time for wounds to heal in diabetic patients consuming noni extract helps with faster wound healing. The bio active compounds triterpenoids and tannins present in noni are responsible for it’s wound healing properties. You can read the study that supports this claim here.
8. Noni Juice Liver Protecting Properties:
Noni fruit juice in the correct dosage has liver protective properties. It prevents non alcoholic fatty liver disease which is getting very common now due to the rise in consumption of processed high fat foods. Consuming noni juice prevents liver related diseases like non alcoholic liver damage to a great extent.
This is due to the presence of phenolic acids present in noni juice. But please remember that over consuming noni juice has the reverse effect on the liver and might cause damage.
9. Noni Juice For High Blood Pressure:
Noni has a positive impact on blood pressure too. Different parts of the tree including the leaf, fruit and root have blood pressure lowering properties. Patients who are suffering from high blood pressure will benefits significantly from taking either the fresh noni fruit juice or the fermented noni fruit juice.
10. Noni Juice Anti Psychotic Properties:
Another interesting medicinal use of noni juice is it’s anti psychotic properties. Usually medicines for treating psychotic disorders come with plenty of side effect like weight gain, high cholesterol levels, etc.
So many are looking out for alternative remedies for psychosis and one such effective remedy that has been proven beyond doubt is noni juice. You can read the study that proves it here. In the study fresh unripe noni fruit was dried, powdered and then mixed with methanol and was given to the rats but noni juice also will have the same effect…