Health Benefits of Noni Juice
What are the natural health benefits of noni juice and the noni fruit?
The popularity of noni fruit and noni juice took off in the 1990s as if it were a never before discovered wonder drug, but in actuality it has been used by islanders as well as those of Southeast Asia for years.
This plant, a type of mulberry, flowers all year round a strong smelling, bitter fruit. The juice, marketed as a natural product, is the most widely used portion of the plant, though the leaves and roots can be used as well.
Noni fruit is a great source of many natural nutrients needed by the human body, such as vitamins A and C, calcium, niacin (vitamin B3), and potassium. Actually, the nutritional health benefits of noni juice include 18 amino acids, 10 essential vitamins, 7 dietary minerals as well as organic acids, xeronine, and anthroquinones.
A fruit powder made from the fruit and juice is high in carbohydrates (71%) and dietary fiber (36%). It also contains about 5% protein and 1% fat - and this does not include scant amounts of macronutrients (chemical elements needed by plants for growth and development, such as potassium, nitrogen, and carbon). These go a long way in our endeavor toward a more natural way of ensuring health.
Of course, the health benefits of noni juice are tied to the benefits of noni fruit, and noni fruit contains several phytochemicals, polysaccharides (complex carbohydrates), flavonoids, fatty acids, and alkaloids. Noni fruit has been demonstrated to increase physical endurance as well as proven successful in herbal use for weight loss.
A researcher at the University of Hawaii (in the study of xeronine) believes, when taken on an empty stomach, noni, by turning its proxeronine into xeronine, has the potential to aid in a number of health areas, including high blood pressure, arthritis, atherosclerosis, menstrual cramps, mental depression, gastric ulcers, and pain relief. Logically, the health benefits of noni juice should also mirror these effects, in a more concentrated manner.
For those suffering from mood or anxiety conditions, the University of Hawaii's Biomedical Sciences Department has shown that extracts of noni contain a natural component which has the ability to activate serotonin receptors in the brain as well as throughout the body. Serotonin is a brain neurotransmitter which plays an important role in hunger, sexual behavior, temperature regulation, and sleep. Its deficiency has been linked to a number of disorders, such as obesity, migraine headaches, depression as well as Alzheimer's disease.
Again, we can probably take it that the health benefits of noni juice parallel these potential healthful properties of the fruit.
One of the best claims of noni users is its ability to work and achieve results much the same as Prozac for anxiety disorder, without the side affects. It can apparently help with symptoms and conditions such as insomnia, nausea, weakness, headache, diarrhea, loss of appetite, drowsiness and, if you can believe it, even anxiety and nervousness. Not only that, but moderate doses of noni have been shown to measure about 75% as effective as morphine sulfate in equivalent dose in the relief of pain.
Could the health benefits of noni juice be as impressive, too?
For those suffering unstable blood sugar levels - hypoglycemic or diabetics - noni has been reported to help. It improves digestive function as well as acts as a cleansing agent. Many irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) sufferers have found relief through the use of noni, as have those suffering related symptoms such as ulcers, constipation, and diarrhea.
Because of its high potassium content, some people are advised against its use; these include those with kidney related diseases and women who are pregnant or nursing.
So, are the health benefits of noni juice really as potent as they are widely hyped to be? Chances are, there is a degree of exaggeration of its healthful properties. The basic principle of a healthy diet is the consumption of a wide variety of foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables; in that regard, the noni fruit and noni juice certainly have a role to play as part of an overall health-promoting dietary protocol.
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