Published: 09/19/2014 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei, PhD
The noni (cheese fruit or Indian mulberry) is an arboreal plant of the Rubiaceae family. It is native to southeast Asia and was introduced to India and Polynesia. It is also known by the name of Morinda Citrifolia, and is a tropical fruit that has important nutritive components that help cellular regeneration, as well as naturally increasing the body’s immune system.
This small bush possesses remarkable white flowers that contrast with the brilliant green of their leaves, elliptical, large, and shiny, with well-marked veins. It blooms year-round, giving egg-shaped fruit with an uneven surface that is yellow or off-white. Its fruit contains a lot of seeds equipped with a air sack which promotes its spreading by flotation. When the fruit ripens, it releases a penetrating odor that is not attractive at all.
This bush grows wild and free in a wide variety of lands. It tolerates high salt concentrations and even dry and drought stricken lands, cold and humid lands, even volcanic lands, sandy coasts, and rocky cliffs.
Parts of the Noni fruit:
- Peel (rind)
Ways of eating Noni:
The pulp is consumed in periods of hunger, and in various Pacific islands, where it forms a part of the native diet, either cooked or raw. The seeds are usually toasted and then eaten. Red, purple, and yellow coloring is extracted from from the root and peel.
The pulp and flowers are used to make tonics to strengthen the respiratory tracts. The leaves in a poultices are used to fight cough, and in some countries the juice is applied to treat arthritis. Its juice is also an effective tonic for treating diabetes, and helping to regulate glucose levels in the blood.
Properties and health applications for Noni:
- ENERGETIC ELIXIR: It contains xeronine, one of its most important components, which provides energy and vigor to the mind and body.
- KIDNEY STONES: helps neutralize calcium oxalate helping eliminate kidney stones.
- CLEANSING: functions as a strong blood and intestinal cleanser, detoxifies the body, helping to eliminate toxins from the body.
- ANTI-INFLAMMATORY: contains anti-inflammatory properties, which can be used to treat skin conditions like rashes, acne, hits, etc.
- ANTISEPTIC: has important antiseptic properties, helps fight all sorts of infections.
- IMMUNE SYSTEM: helps noticeably strengthen the body’s defenses, which helps prevent contagions and helps eradicate all sorts of illnesses.
- CANCEROUS CELLS: studies have been done regarding the effects of Noni on so-called cancer cells and Lewis lung carcinoma.
- SMOKERS: really helpful for cleansing smokers’ lungs.
- DEPRESSION, TIREDNESS, LOW ENERGY: helps elevate energy and depressive states.
- ILLNESSES AND NONI: eating the pulp of this fruit could be very favorable for helping treat problems like high blood pressure, arthritis, menstrual cramps, gastric ulcers, sprains, indigestion, wounds, arteriosclerosis, blood valve problems, circulation problems, old age, drug addiction, pain relief, and much more.
- SKIN: eating Noni frequently helps lessen a lot of skin problems, as it act as a strong cleanser, deeply cleaning the blood and intestines. These are primarily responsible for the state of health of our skin.
- Very useful for all respiratory tract conditions like cough, asthma, colds, flu, etc. Also helps in cases of allergies.
How to take Noni medicinally?
Noni is a fruit that can be enjoyed like any other fruit, although it can also be used with therapeutic purposes. Currently, Noni can be found in tablets, pills, syrups, bottles juices, etc., as well as in special skin creams.
To take it therapeutically, you must drink 2 Tbsp. of this juice in the morning on an empty stomach, and another Tbsp. half an hour before any other food, on an empty stomach. Some people generally mix this fruit’s juice with other, to improve the taste.
Who can take Noni?
Noni can be taken by children and youth, up to elderly people. It is especially recommended for athletes, people with heavy jobs, recovering patients, people in poor health, or as a dietary supplement.
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