Noni is a long shrub like tree, native to Australia, Polynesia and Asia with white tube-shaped flowers and yellowish green fruit, containing a characteristic unpleasant odor. Thousands of years ago, Noni herb was used by Polynesian people to treat a range of health ailments such as diabetes, high blood pressure, pain, arthritis, inflammation, tumors and other viral, bacterial and parasitic infections. Noni fruit contains cheese like bumps on the surface, that’s why it is also known as cheese fruit and has a pungent odor with a range of phytochemicals.
The scientific name of Noni is Morinda Citrifolia and is naturally grown in pacific region and some Asian countries. It is rapidly becoming well known due to its health benefits and densely packed nutrient.
Noni is a Tahitian word that came from its native place Tahiti. In India it is called Indian Mulberry and belongs to family Rubiaceae. All parts of the herb are utilized for various health benefits including bark, seeds, leaves, flowers and fruits. They contain varying amount of nutrients but its fruit has the maximum amount.
Noni is useful in combating many illnesses, bacterial infections, diarrhea, stomach problems, asthma, cough, throat problems, styes, eye infections (conjunctivitis and inflammation), broken bones, wounds, burns, boils, fever, hemorrhage, arthritis pain and inflammation.
Natural Constituents of Noni
Noni is loaded with phyto-nutrients, Vitamins E, B6, B12, minerals such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantathonic acid, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and abundant bio-chemicals such as quercetin, proxeronine, vanillin, scopoletin and isoscopoletin. All these strong components provide optimum nutrition for profound health. Since earlier times, Noni extract is being used to cure and support respiratory, nervous, digestive and skeletal health.
Phytochemicals of M. citrifolia have antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic, anti-hypertensive, anthelmentic, anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory properties.
Benefits of Noni
There is an amazingly long list of health related benefits of M. citrifolia or Noni:
- Control diabetes related disorders
- Prevents cancer
- Reduces muscle pain
- Relieve arthritic pain and fatigue
- Works as antipsychotic
- Speed up the healing process
- Boosts immunity
- Reduces gastric issues
- Helps to restore heart health
- Reduces bone and joint related pain
- Improves blood flow
- Prevents acne, burns and some allergic skin disorders
- Subsides back and neck pain, migraine related pain and headache
- Heals ulcers
- Reduces scalp itching
- Cleans the stomach
Noni and Safety: If consumed in excess, Noni may cause bloating, diarrhea, gas, coughing, breathing problem, headache, joint pain, bad breath, fatigue, boils, acne, rashes. Even noni juice can trigger persistent coughing and breathing problem. In such cases, immediately stop consumption and consult a physician. Hyper sensitive people are more prone to allergies associate with the regular use of herb.
Surprising healing power and health benefits of Noni makes it one of the popular herbs around the world and moreover it is available in so many forms like juices, powder and pills for consumption. Noni an evergreen shrub was earlier referred to as “Ashyuka” in Ayurveda, which means longevity.