Recent research indicated that noni juice is effective for reducing (LDL) cholesterol and increasing good (HDL) cholesterol. A 2011 study published in the North American Journal of Medical Sciences demonstrated that noni juice significantly helped reduce weight in obese subjects.
In a study published in 2010 in the journal Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, noni juice is effective against both diabetes and liver disease. Noni has also been shown to assist in lowering the risk of cancer, lowering blood sugar levels, and boosting the immune system. Noni juice also appears to have strong anti-bacterial properties, and in laboratory studies, underscores what the Polynesians have understood for centuries, that this is truly a ‘superfood.’
A Little History
Also known as the cheese fruit, Indian mulberry, great morinda and beach mulberry, this fruit is thought to have originated in Southeast Asia and Polynesia. Today the noni is found in the Caribbean, Australia, India, South America and Hawaii.
In traditional medicine, the noni has been used in Polynesia to relieve menstrual problems, as well as alleviate issues of the bowel, urinary tract infections, liver disorders and diabetes. Traditional Chinese medicine has used noni for menstrual cramps, pain of the abdomen and impotence.
Today noni juice is purported by some practitioners of alternative medicine as a cure for cancer, heart disease and HIV.
The noni fruit is low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. These include vitamins A, C, E and B. Minerals include potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, copper, manganese, chromium and selenium. Noni is also rich in carbohydrates.
Many claims are being made for this relative new-comer to the natural food store and supplement industry, and as mentioned above, many are being confirmed by research.
Noni fruit can be difficult to find. Bottled noni juice is an excellent alternative and readily available in health food stores.
This recipe is excellent as a smoothie, too!