NONI JUICE PROS AND CONSPros and Cons of Morinda Citrifolia (Noni) Fruit Drink
Noni Juice is good for the heart, Arthritis, immune disorders, colds, cancer, depression, hypertension, high blood pressure, skin infections and pain. It contains antibacterial compounds that help guard against infections and diseases.
Noni juice is rich in vitamin A, calcium, sodium, vitamin C, niacin and potassium. It also contains 10 essential vitamins, seven dietary mineral and 18 amino acids. Noni juice contains xeronine, an alkaloid needed for proper cell function.
Like other natural products, noni juice does have some side effects. These include coughing, headaches, bloating, gas, diarrhea, joint pain, foul breath, rashes, fatigue and heavy periods in women.
Most of these side effects are short-lived and occurred in less than 10 percent of those who consumed the Juice. Also, those experiencing side effects might have had an allergic reaction to the fruit.
What is it?
- Noni juice comes from the fruit of the noni (Morinda citrifolia), a small, tropical, evergreen tree that’s recognised by its bumpy, ‘grenade-like’ greenish/yellow fruit.
- It grows throughout the tropics, including Southeast Asia, India, Fiji, Hawaii, Tahiti and northern Australia where it’s sometimes called cheese fruit.
- Fortunately, noni fruit tastes better than it smells, although it’s fairly bland which is why it’s usually blended with other fruits when juicing.
- There are lots of other names for noni around the world, including Indian mulberry, mengkudu, canary wood, ach and ‘the painkiller bush’ in the Caribbean where it’s long been used for joint pain and skin conditions.
- In Polynesia, the noni plant has been used for up to 2000 years as food, medicine and dye.
- The roots, stems, bark, leaves, flowers and fruits of the noni are still used in many traditional societies to treat a range of conditions from nausea and period pain to asthma and tuberculosis.
- In Malaysia, noni leaves are used to wrap fresh fish for baking*1, and in Burma the fruit is used in curries and eaten raw with salt.
- Today, noni juice is growing in popularity, especially in the US and Southeast Asia, where you can buy pre-packaged organic noni juice from health food stores and some supermarkets.
- It’s also available in teas, capsules, tablets and powder form—which is usually higher in nutrients like Vitamin C, niacin, iron and potassium.
Why it’s so good
- Noni juice alone has relatively low levels of vitamin C however its antioxidants are said to be helpful for heart disease and high blood pressure.
- One study of smokers, found those who drank noni juice daily for a month had a significant drop in total cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Another researcher reviewed the results of 10,000 noni users and found that regular consumption helped reduce symptoms in cancer patients and chronic pain sufferers.
- Other preliminary research shows that it helps maintain a healthy immune system and may have tumour-fighting properties.
- There are lots of other, Noni Juice helps regulate hormone production, builds and strengthens bones, deters premature aging, boosts energy and physical performance, and helps with arthritis, obesity, chronic fatigue, depression, indigestion, allergies, headaches, drug addiction, colds, flu, and more.
What to watch out for
- Noni juice has high potassium levels making it potentially dangerous to people with chronic kidney disease. Published case reports also show that some people suffer liver damage with noni juice. If you have these conditions, speak to your GP first.