Benefits of Noni
Morinda citrifolia, popularly known as Noni, a name that was derived from the Hawaiian name, is actually a relative from the coffee plants Coffea canephora and Coffea arabica. The plant was presumably originally found only in the southeast regions of the Asian continent, which is currently being disputed by some Australian findings, but it has significantly spread. Some of the cultivating countries are India, Pakistan and some Pacific islands, as well as some countries in the Central American region.
Tropical fruits have been the source of much hype in recent years, predominantly because some network marketing companies have heavily promoted juices derived from exotic plants such as Noni. While much disinformation has been publicized in order to promote the benefits of such plants for commercial purposes, several benefits of Noni remain undisputed, despite a blatant lack of scientific proof or rebuttal.
1. Noni is rich with Vitamin C
While the lauded Noni juice is not really bursting with this popular antioxidant, the pulp of the fruit contains relatively high amounts of this micronutrient. This high amount of Vitamin C is retained in the also popular Noni fruit powder.
2. Noni as a source of dietary fiber
While the main macronutrients of Noni are carbohydrates, the high percentage of dietary fiber makes it a very interesting plant for nutrition specialists. In some countries, where Noni is quite available, the fruit is classified as famine food, which means that in cases of war, famine or danger of starvation, eating Noni can save your life. While the benefits of Noni cannot be limited to qualities as survival food, the carbohydrate and dietary fiber content alone signifies the importance of this fruit.
3. Noni seed oil as a source of linoleic acid
Linoleic acid is one of the most popular polyunsaturated fatty acids of the Omega 6 variant. Several studies have suggested that linoleic acid may be instrumental in cancer prevention. When used in a topical application, Noni seed oil exhibited anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties.
4. Noni fruit as a source of phytochemicals
It is very unfortunate that scientists have not really taken the necessary time and resources to investigate the plethora of phytochemicals that are contained within the Noni fruit. Catechins, which are known as powerful antioxidants in other plants, iridoids, which are found in many medicinal plants and are deemed responsible for their pharmaceutical properties and other flavonoids, lignans and alkaloids that are abundant in the Noni fruit and have proven antioxidant values, have not been properly examined or researched. The potential for medicinal benefits of Noni is an uncharted territory spiked with unlimited possibilities.
The benefits of Noni are, when examining only scientifically proven properties, already staggering. While the producers of Noni do everything in their power to market the plant as the new wonder healing everything, clearly going overboard, the scientific community seems dead set to discredit the plant as not having any useful properties at all. Some reports of Noni being toxic to the liver tissue and causing hepatitis were nevertheless quickly branded as not provable. Despite this fact, Noni juice is still on the watch list of the European Food Safety Authority.