What Is Noni Used for?

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Morinda citrifolia, more commonly known as Noni, is a fruit indigenous to the Pacific tropics. Used as a dye in some cultures, it now is used worldwide as a general nutritional supplement and aid to certain health conditions.

Identification

  • Noni is most commonly consumed as a drink. It is bottled either pure, or in combination with other juices such as grape, apple or pear. Noni also can be found in tea, tablet or capsule forms.

Components

  • As with many juices; noni is comprised of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Properties

  • Current studies show noni to have antioxidants, tumor growth inhibitor and immune function-enhancing properties.

Reported Benefits

  • Noni is promoted as beneficial for health issues including cardiovascular and cancerous conditions, digestive disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, sinus problems and wound healing.

Significance

  • Because of the studies being conducted by the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine and the National Cancer Institute, potential benefits for use in cancer treatment are hopeful.

Warning

  • Noni is relatively high in potassium and this should be taken into consideration by those on potassium-restricted diets. Consulting with a health care provider is advised.

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