Morinda citrifolia is a fruit-bearing tree in the coffee family, Rubiaceae. Its native range extends across Southeast Asia and Australasia, and was spread across the Pacific by Polynesian sailors. The species is now cultivated throughout the tropics and widely naturalized.
Noni juice is a globally popular health beverage originating in the tropics. Traditional Tahitian healers believe the noni plant to be useful for a wide range of maladies, and noni juice consumers throughout the world have similar perceptions.
Polynesian healers have used noni fruits for thousands of years to help treat a variety of health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, aches, pains, burns, arthritis, inflammation, tumors, the effects of aging, and parasitic, viral, and bacterial infections. Ancient healing manuscripts cite the fruit as a primary ingredient in natural healing formulations. Today, fruit preparations are sold as juice, in dried “fruit-leather” form, and as a dry extract in capsules.
Noni has traditionally been used for colds, flu, diabetes, anxiety, and high blood pressure, as well as for depression and anxiety. All plant parts are used for a variety of illnesses in Samoan culture, and noni is one of the most frequently used Hawaiian plant medicines.
Here are a few things Noni is widely known for:
Immune system booster – Noni activates macrophages and strengthens the immune system, which then produces more lymphocytes.
It also contains antibacterial agents that fight infectious bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli.
Analgesic – Noni has the nicknames of “The Tree For Headaches” or “The Painkiller Tree”.
Studies have shown that noni reduced pain compared to the drugs tramadol and hydrocortisone, making it effective for arthritis and other joint pains
Antidepressant/sedative – Noni stimulates serotonin and melatonin, two very important hormones. Serotonin affects mood, emotions, and sleep; an imbalance in levels of serotonin may contribute to depression.
Melatonin regulates the Circadian rhythm, which helps you sleep; keeping this regular will help you get a good night’s rest, also improving your mood.
Skincare/hair – Noni’s properties are used on skin and scalp conditions such as eczema and ringworm; also rubbed on scalp for lustrous hair; and will keep your skin young.
I can personally attest to the wonderful benefits of ingesting this fruit.