Because of the many noni benefits to health, Morinda citrifolia–or simply the Tahitian noni fruit–has gained worldwide popularity as a possible cure-all. Numerous studies on this lumpy, waxy white, potato-sized plant have demonstrated health-promoting substances, a few of which have already been isolated and identified. These discoveries are just the tip of the iceberg, as the list of diseases that are treatable by noni continues to grow longer. Noni consumption produces specific beneficial effects on the various systems of the body.
The noni plant was first known for its effectiveness in treating skin infections. Tahitians have long been using the fruits, leaves and bark in treating wounds, sores, abscesses, boils, ulcers, fungal infections, ringworms and scalp infections. In addition, noni juice can be used as a shampoo because it adds luster to hair, and treats hair dryness and head lice.
The noni juice has an immuno-stimulatory effect. Studies have shown that regular intake promotes an increased white blood cell production, therefore increasing immunity against diseases. It has also an anti-inflammatory effect in conditions such as arthritis, gout, abscesses, lumbago and mastitis. The anticancer properties of noni are due to the presence of antioxidants such as carotenoids, bioflavonoids and compounds like anthraquinones (specifically damnacanthal) and scopoletin. These are also responsible for its effectiveness in the inhibition of tumor cell proliferation and prevention of tumor spread (metastasis).
Noni juice is used as a disinfectant for wounds, cuts and broken bones. Anthraquinones are responsible for its antibiotic properties. Staphylococcus infections are included among those treatable by noni. It also possesses antipyretic properties. Instead of purchasing antibiotics and fever medications, use noni to treat both fever and bacterial infections.
Common respiratory diseases, such as cold, cough, sore throat, allergies and asthma, are treatable with noni consumption.
Regular drinking of noni juice promotes efficient digestion through the prompt release of digestive juices in the stomach and small intestine, the stimulation of bile flow from the gallbladder and the regulation of bowel movement. It also treats common complaints such as constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, gastric ulcers, food poisoning, dysentery and colic. It also kills intestinal worms and other parasites. It is used as an adjunct treatment for jaundice and other liver diseases.
The scopoletin in noni is responsible for its effectiveness in treating hypertension, palpitations, arrhythmias and other cardiovascular problems.
Urinary and Reproductive Benefits
Aside from its effectiveness in treating urinary tract infections, regular drinking of noni juice helps in treating sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and syphilis. It also helps in the shrinking of prostate enlargements and uterine fibroids, relief of menstrual cramps and normalization of irregular menstruation.
Nervous System Benefits
Drinking noni juice helps alleviate pains following surgeries and giving birth. It also provides pain relief for various neuralgias, including shingles. Studies have demonstrated that drinking noni juice activates serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin aids in sleep regulation, treats migraine headaches and depression, and helps alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. It also relieves the tremors of Parkinson’s disease and may inhibit the neurodegenerative processes in multiple sclerosis.