Noni is a native fruit in Southeast Asia and Australasia and it is included in coffee family, Rubiaceae. Studies have shown that noni juice’s health benefits are quite a lot, therefore, more and more people are interested to try it despite its bitter taste.
The botanic name of noni is Morinda citrifolia, but it has various names depending on the region where it lives. Noni is what Hawaiian call the fruit. In Indonesia, it is called Mengkudu, Ungcoikan in Myanmar, and Ach in Hindi. The common English names to this fruits are Indian mulberry, beach mulberry, and cheese fruit.
Noni juice is the extracted liquid of noni fruit. The juice contains vitamins such as vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, and E, minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and other phytonutrients. Noni juice’s health benefits include:
Noni juice contains a lot of antioxidant properties such as quercetin, kaempferol, pinoresinol, scopoletin, and many more that will help the body to fight against free radical agents and suppress their negative effects.
Antioxidant properties in noni juice play great role in preventing cancers such as lung cancer, renal cancer, and liver cancer. Noni juice’s properties reduce the percentage risk of cancer by blocking carcinogen bind the healthy DNA and stop them to multiply. They also prevent tumors grow excessively.
3. Cure gout
Xanthine oxidase enzyme is one of the factors that are responsible for the disease and associate problem. Noni juice has inhibition effect to the enzyme, thus, it can be used as the cure of gout disease which has been practiced since a long time ago.
4. Relaxing effect on the muscles
For those who have muscle pain and discomfort, this noni juice’s health benefits is what they need. Noni juice contains properties that can stop the secretion of intracellular calcium, therefore, it can prevent muscle cramp and soothe muscle pain.
5. Maintain cardiovascular health
Relaxing effect of noni juice helps smooth muscle cells to dilate the walls of blood vessel. Therefore, the blood flow to and from the heart will run smoothly and the blood pressure can be controlled. Noni juice properties also have ability to reduce LDL cholesterol level and raise HDL cholesterol level. The evidence that noni juice is good for cardiac health.
6. Liver protection
Noni juice contain properties which can protect liver from dangerous exogenous chemicals and improve the liver health.
7. Relieve body fatigue
Polynesians since long times ago use noni juice to improve the physical performance, relieve the body from fatigue and weakness, and raise the energy level.
8. Relieve the arthritis pain
People with arthritis often feel pain in their joints and limbs. A study showed that the noni juice has analgesic traits that almost similar to industrially manufactured analgesic drugs. Thus, noni juice can be used to relieve the pain and slow down the joint destruction in arthritis.
9. Improve memory functionsOne study said that people can enhance their memory functions as well as their concentration by consuming noni juice regularly. That concludes the noni juice’s health benefits.