Posted in Beauty on April 13, 2009


What is Noni?

Mengkudi, Morinda citrifolia, more commonly known as Noni, is a small flowering shrub typically found in Polynesia, Asia and Australia.  The shrub itself can grow up to 10 feet in height with leaves that are oval shaped of dark green color.  Plants usually start yielding fruits in less than two years after planting.   Once mature, the fruits are yellow color with a strong odor.

The Noni fruit is full of healthy carbohydrates, lean proteins.   It is low in fat and has tons of vitamin C, niacin and other vitamins and antioxidants.  The antioxidants may help to prevent certain diseases and help slow age-related changes in the body.  Noni may improve a persons cholesterol, enhance the immune system, improve asthma, increase energy and even help fight cancer.

Noni fruit have been used in traditional Polynesian medicine for quite some time for health conditions such as constipation, diarrhea, skin inflammation, infection and mouth sores.  The leaves are also used topically for healing wounds.  The fruit does however have an unpleasant odor and taste.

Before you run to the store looking for noni juice, keep in mind that manufacturers today sweeten noni juice to improve the taste.   Also, when Noni fruits are made into juice, it loses much of its nutritional value in the processing.  Between the pasteurization process and the filtering out fo the juice pulp, only a little bit of all the nutrients and vitamins of the original fruit is left.