Noni juice is derived from the fruit of the noni tree, also known as Morinda citrifolia, found in Tahiti, Hawaii, Southeast Asia, Australia and India. Although it has been used for centuries in traditional medicine, it has only begun to gain popularity in recent years, despite the potential risks that may arise from consumption. Apart from the fruit itself, even leaves, roots and stems are used.
The fruit has a greenish-yellow color and reaches the size of the mango fruit. It is very bitter and has a distinctive odor that is often compared to the smell of cheese. The fruit was used in medicine to alleviate common health problems such as constipation, infections, pains and arthritis. Currently, noni is consumed in the form of juice, as it contains antioxidants and offers many health benefits.
Benefits of noni juice
Noni juice comes packed with many potential benefits, including mitigating the negative effects of cigarette smoke and pain in people suffering from arthritis.
Exposure to cigarette smoke generates free radicals that are dangerous for the body. Excessive amounts can even lead to the appearance of oxidative stress associated with diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Studies show that by consuming foods rich in antioxidants, oxidative stress is reduced.
Noni juice can help reduce the effects of chemicals that increase cancer risk. It also has beneficial effects on heart health as it helps lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation. Cholesterol is very important for the body, but certain types, in excess, can increase the risk of heart disease. Following a study conducted on smokers who were given a cup of noni juice daily, it was found that after one month, total cholesterol and LDL “bad” cholesterol were reduced.
Improves sport resistance. According to various studies, it has been noticed that noni juice helps to reduce fatigue and improve resistance thanks to the antioxidants that reduce the damage to muscle tissue, which occurs especially during exercise.
Reduces the pain caused by arthritis. For over 2,000 years, noni has been used in traditional medicine for its effects on pain. One study found that 15 ml of noni juice, consumed twice a day, everyday, significantly reduced neck pain in 60% of patients. Therefore, in the case of people suffering from arthritis, the quality of life can be improved.
Improves immunity. Because it is rich in vitamin C, 100 ml of noni juice can contain up to 33% of the daily vitamin C requirement, ideal for protecting the immune system against free radicals.
Noni juice: risks
People suffering from kidney disease should avoid noni juice because it contains a large amount of potassium, and its presence in the blood is not exactly safe. Also, noni juice can interfere with other medicines, such as those for hypertension. Before consuming noni juice, patients should consult with a doctor.
At the same time, noni juice is rich in sugar, and combined with other fruits it is even sweeter. Because of this, excess noni juice may increase the risk of metabolic diseases, including type 2 diabetes.