NONI Fruit: The ancient superfood that lowers cholesterol, regulates blood glucose, and rejuvenates the skin
It is essential to include this type of product in the daily diet in order to maintain a healthy diet. Noni is a fruit to which antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties are attributed… Although the research carried out so far does not scientifically assure its health benefits.
Superfoods have become one of the basic pillars of our gastronomy and although they have accompanied mankind for thousands of years, their popularity has increased considerably relatively recently. And all because the multi-properties, they offer are beneficial to the body, so including them in our daily diet is essential to have a healthy diet, in addition to physical exercise.
Among the best-known superfoods are aloe vera, nuts, cauliflower, salmon, yogurt, cinnamon, or spinach, but we can also expand the range and dare with new flavors and textures. In this group are, among others, Aronia, very useful to combat urinary tract infection; fonio, to end constipation; okra, to reduce fatigue and improve memory; moringa, to lose weight; maca, to enhance the libido; amaranth, if you want to improve the health of your hair and kalé if you feel tired and without energy.
Another one of them is noni, a tropical fruit typical of Polynesia. Its outer layer is pale green and its interior may remind of the custard apple, with white flesh and full of stones. Although it is a tropical fruit, it is not very tasty, that is why it is taken in the form of juice mixed with sugars or honey.
Noni belongs to the rubiaceae family, like coffee, and many properties are attributed to it, largely due to one of its components, proxeronine. In fact, native cultures, such as those of Polynesia, have been using it for millennia to improve their health.
According to the publication, there are studies that claim that Noni juice prevents the formation of DNA adducts, that is, the binding of DNA to chemicals, which would cause cancer cells.
It seems that Noni extract enhances the effect of certain drugs commonly used to treat cancer.
Many studies have focused on investigating noni and the prevention or improvement of cancer. The American Association for Cancer Research presented a work where it was demonstrated that a special extract of Noni had a clear anticancer effect in mice (its life was prolonged in 75% of cases). Other studies have shown that Noni juice is capable of curing 25% to 45% of animals affected by sarcoma.
Lowers cholesterol and blood glucose levels
Noni’s antioxidants reduce cholesterol and prevent arteriosclerosis. They also help regulate blood glucose and blood pressure.
Noni extract has sedative and analgesic properties. Since ancient times, this fruit has been used to heal wounds and bruises, as well as to cure toothache and reduce fever.
Antibacterial and antiviral
Native cultures have also used it for centuries due to its antibacterial, antiviral, and antiparasitic properties. These are due to its content in l-asperuloside and alizarin, two anthraquinones with a positive effect in the treatment of tuberculosis, salmonella, or Staphyloccocus aureus, among others.
Rejuvenates the skin
It is also rich in vitamins and minerals, but above all in antioxidants (selenium, xeronine, lignans, scopoletin, anthraquinone, and terpenes), according to the publication, which gives it a purifying and regenerating effect on the skin and cell membranes.
Finally, Noni is effective in healing ulcers and gastritis and is indicated against intestinal worms. In addition, the juice of its root has laxative properties due to its richness in anthraquinones, which increase peristaltic activity.
What is the best way to eat Noni?
The best way to consume Noni is in the form of juice.
Because the taste of the fruit is not too tasty, it is best to drink its fermented juice, which is usually mixed with lemon juice and a natural sweetener, such as maple syrup, panel, or honey.
Nutritional composition of Noni juice
Although it does not have a very remarkable nutritional composition, Noni has proxeronine. This is a component that, once in the organism, is converted into xeronine, an alkaloid that regulates the metabolism and different biological functions and to which many health benefits are attributed.
|Per 100 g juice||Per serving|
|Calories from fat||0.0|
|Total fats (g)||<0.1|
|Saturated fats (g)||<0.1|
|Trans fat (g)||<0.1|
|Total carbohydrate (g)||3.4|
|Dietary fiber (g)||<0.2|
|Vitamin A (IU)||<5|
|Vitamin C (mg)||33.65|
|Beta carotene (IU)||<5|
Contraindications: Do not take Noni if…
Although Noni has many benefits, it also has some contraindications. For example, it is not advisable to consume it during pregnancy, since it is anti-estrogenic and, even in small doses, it could stop conception or even cause miscarriage.
In addition, its regular consumption is not recommended for prolonged periods without consulting a professional. It is also not advisable to take Noni in case of liver, kidney, or heart disease due to its high potassium content.