For many centuries, noni juice has been a medicinal superstar. It’s made from the fruit the noni plant, or Morinda citrifolia L. It goes by many names: Indian mulberry in India, ba ji tian in China, and nono in Tahiti. The most common name is noni, which is Hawaiian. All parts of the noni plant can be used, but the fruit makes a wonderful healing juice.
This juice isn’t consumed like apple or orange juice, though. It’s very potent, so it’s taken by the spoonful. Here are five remarkable health benefits and uses of noni juice.1
5 Benefits Of Noni Juice
1. Antioxidant Activity
Noni juice has amazing antioxidant properties. Specifically, it activates a process called the Nrf2 pathway. This mechanism is the top most important regulator of antioxidant defense. Without this pathway, your body won’t be able to protect itself from cancer, diabetes, and chronic diseases. Cell regeneration and wound healing will also take a hit.
Noni juice can keep the Nrf2 pathway going. This will fuel antioxidant enzymes and combat foreign chemicals in the body. Even dangerous toxins will be neutralized, thanks to this powerful pathway.2
This antioxidant influence will also benefit your skin. Because cell regeneration and wound healing will improve, minor cuts won’t stand a chance. Acne, which is technically an infection, will also heal much faster.
2. Improved Brain Function
A decline in brain health is a normal part of aging. In some people, this can progress into neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Noni juice can protect your brain, though. It prevents brain cells from dying by helping mitochondria function properly. Therefore, the juice has a therapeutic effect on neurodegeneration.3
The antioxidants in noni juice also have benefits for brain function. Oxidative stress can take a toll on neurons, causing mental decline. But antioxidants can pump the brakes on neurological deterioration. These effects have been observed in a variety of diseases, from Alzheimer’s and HIV to multiple sclerosis.4
3. Healthy Heart
Aging is also associated with a higher risk of heart disease. Over time, the endothelial cells – or the cells of the blood vessels and heart – begin to deteriorate. This triggers hardening of the arteries called atherosclerosis. However, according to BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, noni can put a stop to this.
It works by blocking the interactions needed to kill endothelial cells. These benefits are all thanks to the antioxidants found in pure noni juice.5
4. Immune System Boost
Noni fruit juice and concentrates will enhance your immunity. It activates receptors that are linked to your immune system, making sure it’s in tip-top shape. Noni juice even suppresses a cytokine called IL-4, which harms the ability of T-cells to do their job. Because of these health benefits, noni juice may help when the immune system isn’t responding properly.6
5. Bone Regeneration
Healthy bones are usually linked to calcium and milk. But according to a study in Nutrition, noni leaf tea can also help! This improves bone strength by boosting size and structure. Plus, it can suppress inflammation, making way for bone-forming cells called osteoblasts. This makes it especially useful for menopausal women who are at risk for bone problems like osteoporosis.
Noni tea isn’t the same as the juice. Regardless, these benefits certainly prove its powers. To reap the benefits of noni tea, make a cold version and drink it like a juice. The result will be a healthy, refreshing drink.7
While noni juice has many health benefits, too much can be dangerous. Chronic intake has been linked to liver toxicity.8 For example, a study in World Journal of Gastroenterology reported that a woman developed hepatitis after drinking two liters of noni juice over three months.9
While noni toxicity is rare, it pays to be careful. Avoid noni juice if you have a history of liver disease. Follow the instructions on the packaging and take the suggested serving size. The usual recommendation is 2 tablespoons daily.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, don’t take noni juice. It may harm your baby’s liver.
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|1, 2.||↑||Senger, Donald R., and Shugeng Cao. “Diabetic Wound Healing and Activation of Nrf2 by Herbal Medicine.” Journal of nature and science 2, no. 11 (2016).|
|3.||↑||Kishore Kumar, S. Narasimhan, Jayakumar Deepthy, Uthamaraman Saraswathi, Mohan Thangarajeswari, Sathyamoorthy Yogesh Kanna, Pannerselvam Ezhil, and Periandavan Kalaiselvi. “Morinda citrifolia mitigates rotenone-induced striatal neuronal loss in male Sprague-Dawley rats by preventing mitochondrial pathway of intrinsic apoptosis.” Redox Report (2016): 1-12.|
|4.||↑||Shor-Posner, G., A. Campa, M. J. Miguez-Burbano, G. Castillo, and G. Moreno-Black. “Antioxidants and brain function in HIV/AIDS.” The spectrum of neuro-AIDS disorders: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment (2009): 219-230.|
|5.||↑||Ishibashi, Yuji, Takanori Matsui, Fumiyuki Isami, Yumi Abe, Tatsuya Sakaguchi, Yuichiro Higashimoto, and Sho-ichi Yamagishi. “N-butanol extracts of Morinda citrifolia suppress advanced glycation end products (AGE)-induced inflammatory reactions in endothelial cells through its anti-oxidative properties.” BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 17, no. 1 (2017): 137.|
|6.||↑||Palu, Afa K., Anne Hirazumi Kim, Brett J. West, Shixin Deng, Jarakae Jensen, and Leland White. “The effects of Morinda citrifolia L.(noni) on the immune system: its molecular mechanisms of action.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology 115, no. 3 (2008): 502-506.|
|7.||↑||Shalan, Nor Aijratul Asikin Mohd, Noordin M. Mustapha, and Suhaila Mohamed. “Noni leaf and black tea enhance bone regeneration in estrogen-deficient rats.” Nutrition 33 (2017): 42-51.|
|8.||↑||Shalan, Nor Aijratul Asikin Mohamad, Noordin M. Mustapha, and Suhaila Mohamed. “Chronic toxicity evaluation of Morinda citrifolia fruit and leaf in mice.” Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology 83 (2017): 46-53.|
|9.||↑||Stadlbauer, Vanessa, Peter Fickert, Carolin Lackner, Jutta Schmerlaib, Peter Krisper, Michael Trauner, and Rudolf E. Stauber. “Hepatotoxicity of NONI juice: report of two cases.” World journal of gastroenterology 11, no. 30 (2005): 4758.|