What is Noni: Uses and Benefits
For folks from Polynesia, the Pacific Islands or the southern part of Asia, asking what is noni is a no brainer. The noni plant is also known as the Indian mulberry and it is native to those parts of the world. Although it is more popular in its fruit form where it originates, however, outside of those regions, it is better known as a juice or powder. What’s even more interesting are the benefits that come with this fruit. Noni fruit benefits have been extolled as being capable of combating a plethora of ailments. Let’s look closely at the uses and benefits of the noni plant. First off though, let’s get more familiar with the noni fruit.
What Does the Noni Fruit Look Like?
Noni is not exactly the prettiest fruit. Oblong shaped and dotted with ‘eyes’ similar to that of peeled pineapple, if there ever was a case for not judging a fruit by its look, the noni is it. Completely green at first, the noni fruit gradually takes on a yellowish hue as it ripens; furthermore, as it ripens so also does its aroma – there is no doubt that this interesting fruit gives off a rather strong smell.
Wondering how to eat noni fruit? That part is easy. Simply slice open a ripe and washed noni fruit, slice into small pieces and stuff it into your mouth, skin and all. Noni fruit has some seeds in it which are edible. You can go the whole hog and chew them all or just spit it out. Prefer drinking instead? Put the noni fruit into a blender, blender till smooth, sieve all the pulp then drink.
A fruit as pungent as the noni often has folks wondering as to the noni fruit tastes. We can give a heads up with that. The taste is quite strong and fermented. Little wonder why many people that eat it prefer to the ‘edge’ off the taste a little by putting some honey into the juice or eating the fruit itself with some salt or even cheese.
Uses of the Noni Plant
The noni plant is a truly versatile one with all parts of it being used to treat ailments including the leaves, bark, roots, stem and of course the fruit itself.
- Cholesterol Control – Drinking noni juice has been said to keep cholesterol levels under control in high cholesterol sufferers. Noni fruit inhibits the absorption of bad cholesterol reducing the clogging of the arteries. Noni powder derived from the noni fruit itself can also be used to combat this ailment. Simply mix some of the powder into your breakfast cereal/grits or even mix with water to form a noni juice. Sometimes, noni powder is made into capsules which can be swallowed as a pill.
- High Blood Pressure – The noni plant comes in handy in controlling high blood pressure. For years long before the advent of blood pressure medications, Polynesians have eaten the noni in its fruit form to check this condition using natural means. You can enjoy its blood pressure control properties by ingesting the fruit as noni tea. What better way to have your morning tea yet treat your ailments all in a go?
- Bacteria Control – the noni plant and bacteria, viruses or fungus simply do not go hand in hand. Have you been battling a recurrent bacterial infection or some stubborn acne or eczema that just won’t quit? If that is a yes, you need to introduce noni into your diet ASAP. As this fruit comes loaded with anthraquinones, viruses or bacteria do not stand a chance with noni in your system. The options in which to ingest the noni whether in its fruit form, as noni tea or noni powder are many. Pick one that best suits you and watch its antibacterial properties kick in.
Noni Fruit Benefits
Noni fruit benefits are numerous and this fruit has been used for treating wounds, fungal and viral infections, nausea, headaches and even depression to name a few. Even if you are in good health and you do not suffer from any major ailment, this fruit will still be very beneficial to you in the long run. Use of the noni tea or noni powder, in fact, the entire noni fruit in any of its forms, should be incorporated into our diet for overall improved health. See below some of the noni fruit benefits.
- Boosts the Immune System
Even an otherwise healthy immune system could always do with the boost that the noni plant provides. Imagine how much more effective it is when introduced into an immune system compromised by cancer. Nitric Oxide is a substance invaluable in controlling the growth of cancerous tumors and cells. Noni fruit aids the body’s production of nitric oxide. The noni fruit contains noni –ppt, a substance filled with immunomodulatory polysaccharides that are major cancer busters. Consistent use of the noni fruit has been known to slow down the spread of cancer and in some cases totally eradicate it.
- Source of Essential Amino Acids
Although our bodies are doing a great job of producing fatty acids, truth is there are some essential fatty and amino acids our bodies just do not produce. That is where the noni plant comes in. Noni tea or noni powder is chock full of essential amino acids including potassium and iron.
- Memory Retention
Folks with memory lapses perhaps due to stroke, early-onset dementia or Alzheimer’s do well to keep noni juice close. Ingesting noni tea helps reduce the buildup of cholesterol to the brain’s arteries. A healthy, unclogged brain receiving a free flow of oxygen will have no trouble with retaining memories.
- Excessive Bloating
Does it seem like every food you eat ends up with you constipated and uncomfortably bloated? If that is a yes, then noni tea really should be a part of your breakfast regimen. High in fiber, the noni plant is very intestine friendly keeping your stools nice and soft, easy to pass without strain.