Noni Juice – A life encyclopedia from the Morinda citrifolia fruit
One hundred and fifty health-promoting substances, perfectly matched, in one fruit! What’s in it, in the exotic Noni juice? And above all, what’s the point of the many controversies about noni juice? Noni juice does not taste, but should be healthy. On the most beautiful islands in the world, it is an integral part of the diet. Interesting enough to look deeper into the (juice) glass.
The Noni fruit, botanical, historical and geographical
Originally the noni tree, Morinda citrifolia, probably comes from Australia. From there it spread across the Indian Ocean, Polynesia and Hawaii. Here this tree, about 2,000 years ago,missed its now known name, Noni. Meanwhile, Noni grows sometimes as a tree, sometimes as a shrub, also in Central America, in parts of Asia and Madagascar. In the English-speaking world it is known as “Indian mulberry” (Indian mulberry tree).
The noni tree belongs to the familyRubiaceae. The islanders used to use the bark to make red paint. From the fruits and leaves of their Aukimi nonii they made pastes for external application and noni juice for the treatment of various diseases. Among the peoples of the Pacific archipelago, Noni was called the “Queen of Plants” and “Miracle Fruit of the Gods”.
The noni tree can reach a high of up to nine metres. He doesn’t seem to like growing in plantations. He thrives stubbornly only where it suits him. That’s what they say. He constantly produces many white, small flowers, from which the egg-sized, green Noni fruits grow. When they are fully ripe, the color changes to a pale green, almost white. A fruit is a composite of small stone fruits, each with a dark stone in the middle. There are many subspecies of noni trees and shrubs. When it comes to the Noni juice, the fruits all come from Morinda citrifolia. The only species with this variety of valuable ingredients.
Although the fruits are anything but delicious, taste bitter and smell of rancid cheese, they have always been highly valued by the natives of the islands. This may well be an indication that the fruits must have valuable ingredients. In Europe, this fruit was only noticed around 2000, bursting into the middle of the new European novel food regulations. As you will learn, this is a major reason why there is so much discussion about the Noni juice to this day.
From Noni Fruit to Noni Juice
Among the islanders, it was not only the fruits of the Noni tree that were very popular. She also knew how to use the roots, leaves and bark for herself. Here in Europe, it is mainly about the noni juice from the fruits.
If you drink Noni juice for health reasons, you should look for direct juices. Noni fruit juice drinks, mixed with other fruits, taste much better, but they contain, with luck, only traces of the Noni fruit.
The direct juices distributed in this country are mostly from Haiti, Hawaii or the Fiji Islands. The Noni tree prefers to find its own location, so it is hardly grown in plantations. For this, a year-round harvest, a good twelve times a year, is possible.
The fruits are picked by hand. Immature nonis come to a dark, air-dry place for three to five weeks until they are ripe enough for pressing. On site, it is pressed, filtered, pasteurized and bottled. The Noni juice then reaches the European online retailers, natural food shops and health food stores. Noni juice from ripely harvested fruits, which are pureed, is rated better in quality. Some manufacturers store the Noni juice for reripe in barrels for some time. This should make the taste a little softer. On a case-by-case basis, the manufacturing processes are difficult for the consumer to verify.
Noni Juice, a Pugnacious Juice
“Noni juice tastes like rancid cheese and is advertised as a miracle cure.” Either way, most articles start skeptical of the hipe around the noni juice. As far as the culinary factor of this fruit is concerned, one can only agree. However, it is worth taking a more nuanced look at the benefits of this fruit. In fact, some researchers are already eager to isolate and study substances from the Noni fruit.
It was not until 2003 that the first Noni juice from a manufacturer was approved as Novel Food. At first of all, this means that this food does not harm health. In 2006, the safety of Noni Juice was re-examined and confirmed by EFSA (European Food Safety Athority).
In Europe, the Noni juice was only noticed late. The EU Novel Food Regulation has been in place since 1997. Among other things, it states that new foods or new compositions of food are considered novel foods. Novel Food must be subject to a scientific safety test before it can be placed on the market. Other foods, such as ginseng, which have long been known in Europe, have not had to endure such a test.
In any case, the Noni juice was intensively tested and tested. Finally, the Noni Juice has passed all safety tests, is considered non-toxic and may be distributed within the EU. However, there is no proof of its health benefits. A favorable accompanying effect was that the Noni juice got a lot of attention, especially from the scientific side. A lot of vital substances have been discovered in the fruit, which are still the subject of many studies and publications to this day.
The fact that the Noni juice is so controversial seems to be due to the increased attention rather than its ingredients themselves. Basically, it is the old gap between experience-based medicine and scientific medicine. Like all other “controversial” natural products, medicine also examines and analyzes the noni fruit for pharmaceutically recyclable substances, while at the same time smiling at the noni juice, as a health elixir.
Links to scientific papers on the subject:
- Studies of the University of Hamburg on the estrogenic potential of morinda Citrifolia
- Another study by the University of Hamburg
Noni juice, the vital substances
The pharmacologist and toxicologist at the University of Hamburg Eppendorf, Prof. Dr. Johannes Westendorf, has made the analysis of the ingredients, and the associated benefits of Noni juice for health, a topic. He became aware of the fruit by working on the safety report for the Novel Food Ordinance. He emphasizes that it is not the amount of substances, but their particular combination, that is decisive for the health-promoting effect of the noni.
Here are the most important, well-known vital substances in the Noni juice:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin W
- Folic acid
- Pantothenic acid
- Trace elements (chromium, iodine, iron, copper, selenium, zinc)
- Minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus)
- phytochemicals (iridoids, xeronin, damnacanthal)
- as well as six essential and non-essential amino acids
- fatty acids (e.g. linoleic acid)
Together, these substances complement each other perfectly and promote a variety of enzymatic and hormonal processes. This promotes protective, building and energy-producing processes in the body.
Is this xeronin available, isn’t it?
In connection with the Noni juice ingredients, one often comes across a substance called xeronin. This is the issue of particular debate. Wikipedia is called “hypothetical alkaloid”. This substance first appeared in 1985 in connection with pineapple and its health-promoting enzymes. We cannot resolve this scientific discourse here. It can only be said that this is probably a group of compounds that has not yet been explored in detail. This should rather inspire the ambition of science. If you want to try the Noni juice for yourself and your health openly and curiously, this discussion will not touch any further.
What does Noni Juice bring to your health?
To put it bluntly, there is (yet) no recognised scientific evidence on the effectiveness of noni juice. The health benefits of Noni Juice mentioned here therefore come from testimonials and observations by therapists and users. However, since the Noni juice has been officially certified as harmless to health, everyone can have their own experience with the Noni juice.
The accusation that Noni Saft caused severe liver damage in some people has been officially resolved. In 2006, the Noni juice was tested by EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) and continued to be declared safe. Noni juice is not a recognized remedy. In case of serious illnesses, it is essential to consult a doctor. Similarly, the consumption of Noni juice should be stopped immediately if there are intolerances or inexplicable side effects that may be related to the consumption of Noni juice. Basically, However, Noni Juice is very well tolerated and there seem to be many health benefits.
In general, many people report:
- more vitality
- increased performance
- better sleep quality
- low susceptibility to infection
- improved wound healing
- positive effects for the skin image
- better ability to relax
- positive effect on digestion, metabolism
- less hunger for hot ness
- Pain relief
In traditional medicine, including Traditional
(TCM), Noni juice, tea or mus has long been used:
- to balance the meridian energies
- for headaches
- if you want to have children,
- as a toning agent
In the discussion
Some experiences with Noni Juice make experts pay attention. The effects of Noni juice are discussed in the following areas and are waiting to be scientifically provenby clinical studies:
- Diabetes: Noni juice probably increases the effect of insulin.
- Depression: According to testimonials, Noni Juice is supposed to soften the tips during depression.
- Rheumatism: Noni juice seems to have an anti-inflammatory potential.
- Menopause symptoms: Phytoestrogens in the noni juice partially compensate for the drop in estrogen levels.
- Cancer: Active substances with antioxidant properties have been found in noni juice. There is evidence that with Noni juice, accompanied as a palliative, chemotherapy is better tolerated.
- Also for smoking cessation and in the treatment of skin diseases, some sufferers were able to report a positive effect due to the regular consumption of noni juice.
Purchase of Noni Juice
Since the trade in Noni juice was released for the European area, there are numerous suppliers. Here it is important to take a close look and to find out the origin and the manufacturing process. For a better taste, other juices from grapes or berries are often added to the Noni juice. However, those who are promising health benefits should opt for 100% direct juice.
A noni juice of ripe fruit and pureed fruit, is higher quality than ripened and then pressed fruits.
Noni juice can be ordered through a certified online retailer or you can buy it in natural food shops and health food stores. A litre of direct juice usually costs 20 to 30 euros. At a recommended average dosage, one litre bottle of Noni juice lasts about a month.
Application and Dosage of Noni Juice
In order to benefit from the health benefits mentioned above, a longer duration of use is required in any case. Noni juice should therefore be drunk regularly, daily, for at least two months to several years.
On average, the recommendations for a daily dose of noni juice are for a glass of liquor (40 ml). Start with one or two tablespoons, spread throughout the day, and slowly increase the dose.
Tips for the practical application of Noni Juice:
- Store the broken bottle in the refrigerator
- there it keeps fresh for up to 4 weeks
- the best way to take it is on an empty stomach
- that means half an hour before the meal and three hours after the last meal
- even if it is difficult: spew the Noni juice in the mouth for a few seconds, for a more effective absorption
- then drink water, half a litre is optimal. How the Noni juice quickly enters the intestine
External use of Noni Juice
The pure Noni juice is also recommended for external use in case of skin problems or neurodermatitis. Simply soak a clean cloth or cotton wool with the juice and spread it over the affected areas. The effect can be increased by fixing the soaked cloth at this point with a light bandage and letting it act overnight.
The leaves of the noni tree have also made it into European trade, as dried tea leaves, as extract and jelly. The main areas of application are in the external area for the treatment of wounds or rashes. The tea is especially appreciated by women during menopause because of its phytoestrogenic properties.
Although there is an official certificate of safety for the Noni juice, it is not recommended to consume in the following cases:
- for kidney disease
- for liver diseases
- for heart disease
- pregnancy and lactation
Noni juice is also contraindicated in combination with certain medications. For example, in potassium-saving diuretics, ACE inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor blockers.
Basically, anyone who suffers from a serious illness and needs to take medication regularly should seek medical advice before consuming Noni Juice.
As you have read, the evidence for the effectiveness of Noni juice is thin. But this shouldn’t stop anyone from having their own experiences with Noni Juice. A fruit that tastes and smells so horribly and yet has been highly valued by natural peoples for thousands of years cannot be so ineffective. Many health-promoting substances have already been discovered in the Noni fruit. Among them a lot of enzymes and enzymatic precursors, far more than are known from the pineapple. The active ingredients of many plants and parts of plants were successfully used in the West as vital and therapeutic products long before their ingredients were even known. Anyone who sees the Noni juice as an additional offer for health and not as a miracle cure for certain diseases will be able to make his own experiences relaxed.