Noni Extract - Health Benefits of Noni Juice
Ingredients of Noni juice
As a consumer of Noni products for quite some time now, I have heard
of many different opinions regarding the health benefits of Noni juice, as well as of many different, sometimes contradictory, facts about it.
In general, people either have extremely positive, or sometimes, quite
negative experiences with Noni juice. With this article I would like to
give my own contribution to the ongoing discussion about Noni and its
products. These products are often considered the next super food, or
even the miracle cure capable of dealing with the most severe of
illnesses, including cancer. Despite the aggressive marketing campaigns
by some Noni juice suppliers wherein they often make unsupported claims
about the healing features of this dietary supplement, it is only fair
to say right at the beginning that Noni is no miracle cure. With
greater certainty we can say that Noni is very potent nutritional
supplement, containing a number of important vitamins, minerals,
anti-oxidants and other ingredients needed in our organisms on celular
level. One of those ingredients abundant in Noni juice is proxeronine,
which is a precursor for xeronine - alkaloid of extreme importance for
proper cell function and boosting the immunity and general wellbeing of
The properties of Morinda Citrifolia
For those who have never heard of it, Noni juice is a nutrition product extracted from the fruit of the Noni tree, with Latin name "Morinda Citrifolia". The plant itself possesses some extraordinary features, such as the fact that it is capable of producing fruits all around the year. Noni can indeed be harvested as much as 12 to 14 times per year. Also, pretty extraordinary is the fact that one and the same branch of Noni tree contains ripe fruits, green fruits and flowers at the same time. For centuries, almost all parts of this plant have been used by the natural healers and tribal doctors of French Polynesia and Hawaii, especially for conditions such as constipation, inflammation, skin infection, and diarrhea.
The Noni juice suppliers
Today we have great many producers and suppliers of Noni related nutritional supplements on the market. The two most important sources are the Tahitian Noni and the Hawaiian Noni. What is the difference between the Tahitian and the Hawaiian noni juice? Well, the Hawaiian seems to be somewhat older, but despite its early start the Tahitian noni juice is now by far the most dominant on the markets. There seems to be a difference in the way they process the Morinda citrifolia fruits. While the original Tahitian juice is obtained from the pulp of ripe Citrifolia fruits, the Hawaiian is generally obtained in an old fashioned way, by fermentation, much like wine is obtained from grapes. Today we see also producers from India, Thailand and other parts of the world offering their Noni products, including juice, powder, chewing gums, syrup, and even cosmetics.
Noni health benefits
Unprocessed, the ripe fruits of Noni are practically impossible to be consumed, as their taste and odor are unpleasant. Certainly, fresh-squeezed noni juice is as potent as the fermented one, but the problem is what to do with the taste which some people find unbearable. Some decades ago, this fact was first emphasized by Dr Heinicke from the University of Hawaii, one of the first explorers of the biochemistry of this plant. After extracting a number of active ingredients in the Noni juice, Dr Heinicke soon discovered that none of his associates was willing to drink the juice extracted from this plant. Today, the extract has to be processed and/or mixed with other types of juice prior to entering the markets. From all this and from what I have heard from my friends who have had the chance to approach fresh Noni extract during processing, I doubt that anyone would drink pure fresh squeezed Noni. Due to the above argumentation, I think that there is practically no 100% Pure or unprocessed Noni out there, either Tahitian or Hawaiian.
The Noni ingredients benefits are believed to be numerous. Noni juice is thought to help boost the immune system and improve digestion. There can be found a sea of testimonials on the internet from people claiming that Noni juice has helped them improve on a number of serious conditions, including pain relief, cancer, diabetes, skin related illnesses, high blood pressure, arthritis, high levels of cholesterol, etc. I cannot confirm nor deny these testimonials since I started using Noni only as a dietary supplement to strengthen my immune system, but my general impressions about the health benefits of Noni are quite positive, and indeed the raw etheric power of the Citrifolia plant can be felt even after the heavy processing of its fruits. The reason for the negative experiences, I suspect, is probably related to certain unrealistic expectations when it comes to healing different serious illnesses. Have in mind that It is no miracle healing juice or elixir of youth of some kind, but it can help in improving the general health condition.
Xeronine functioning on cellular level
Concluding remarks about Noni juice
What Noni currently lacks is an independent research on noni juice to support the Noni health benefitsclaims. Sure, there is some research, but mostly funded by the producers of Noni juice. If you are looking to buy Noni Juice, my advice would be to pay attention to two important parameters. First, the noni content should not be lower than, say, 70 percent. Second, in order to maximize the health benefits of noni juice and due to several other reasons I would recommend purchasing Noni in glass bottles. Some producers ship their product in plastic containers, which is not so beneficial when it comes to consuming this juice.
Noni juice is a webmaster and author of his (non English) Noni sok blog at www.noni.in.rs.