The noni fruit, whose scientific name is Morinda citrifolia, is originally from Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Polynesia, which is popularly used in these countries because of its supposed medicinal and therapeutic properties.
Although it can also be found both in its natural form and in the form of juice, the industrialized versions of the fruit are not approved by FDA, due to the lack of human studies demonstrating the fruit's benefits, as well as the possible toxicity of the fruit, its consumption is not recommended.
Possible benefits of this fruit
So far there are few studies done with noni fruit, however, its composition is already well known and, therefore, it is possible to assume the possible benefits of this fruit.
So, the substances that may have some impact are:
- Vitamin C and other natural antioxidants:can help fight aging and prevent the onset of chronic diseases;
- Polyphenols, or phenolic compounds: usually have a strong antibiotic and anti-inflammatory potential;
- Carbohydrates and proteins: are important sources of energy;
- Beta-carotene and vitamin A: can help in the production of collagen, which can have benefits for the skin, hair and nails, and can strengthen the immune system and protect vision;
- Minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and phosphorus: are important to maintain an adequate function of all organs;
- Other phytonutrients such as vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, E and folic acid: can reduce free radicals and regulate the body's metabolism.
However, it is important to remember that these benefits are not yet proven in humans, since there are not enough studies to prove their action, dose, contraindications and safety. For this reason, fruit consumption should be avoided.
The noni fruit has physical characteristics very similar to graviola and the fruit of the count, however, these fruits should not be confused, since they have very different properties.
Why isn't noni approved
Although it has the potential to have several health benefits, noni fruit is not approved by the FDA, and they haver alerted manufacturers about health claims that aren’t backed up by facts. This is for two main reasons: first, because there are no human studies to prove that the fruit is safe for humans to consume and also because there have been some reports in 2005 and 2007 of severe liver damage after ingesting noni juice.
This side effect was mostly observed in people who consumed on average 1 to 2 liters of noni juice over a period of approximately 4 weeks, but for safety reasons it is not recommended you consume this fruit in any quantity.
Therefore, noni fruit should only be approved by the FDA as soon as there are studies that prove its safety in humans.
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Does noni fruit fight cancer?
In popular culture noni fruit has the potential to cure many diseases, including cancer, depression, allergies and diabetes, but its use is unsafe and can put your health at risk. For this reason, the consumption of noni is not recommended until there is concrete evidence of its safety and efficacy, with tests performed in humans.
At this time a substance called damnacanthal, a compound extracted from the roots of noni, is being studied in several researches against cancer, but there still isn't satisfactory results.
Can noni fruit help you lose weight?
Despite frequent reports that noni fruit helps with weight loss, it is still not possible to confirm this information, as more scientific studies are needed to prove this effect and what the effective dose is to achieve it. In addition, it is normal to have a rapid weight loss when your body is sick, and it is more likely that the weight loss is not a result of the consumption of Noni but due to the development of liver diseases.