Medicinal plants

Noni

Noni

Morinda citrifolia is a plant belonging to the Rubiaceae family native to south – east Asia, tropical areas with a temperate – warm climate. The name of the genus “Morinda” comes from the Latin and from the fusion of two words: Morus and India. The word “Citrifolia” instead indicates the shape of the leaves that resemble those of lemon plants (citrus). Morinda Citrifolia is the scientific name of these plants but the most common name used to indicate them is “noni”, the name has Polynesian origins. The noni is an evergreen tree of not very large size, usually reaches heights ranging between three and six meters, rare are the trees that reach ten meters. Its leaves are quite large (they vary in size between 20 and 45 centimeters) and are ovate or elliptical. Its flowers are made up of 5 petals (sometimes even 6) and have globose inflorescences, moreover, they are made up of both the male and the female apparatus. The fruit of these plants is a syncarp, or the fusion of many small fruits put together and they are born on the same branch with different timing. Noni is one of the few plants that produces flowers in the presence of fruit and that produces fruit at any time of the year.

Therapeutic properties


Many properties have been recognized to Noni plants and every single element contained within it carries out a beneficial action for our body. Noni is rich in vitamins and mineral salts, it contains vitamin A and vitamin C which are very important for biochemical activities, for the immune system and for antioxidant activities. Contains mineral salts such as calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, sodium, selenium, zinc and copper. Another key element it contains is proxeronine, an alkaloid that produces xeronine. Xeronine is a substance that acts as a metabolic regulator and promotes the absorption of minerals, vitamins and amino acids in the intestine. Noni plants also contain antibacterial substances such as scopoletin which protects the cardiovascular system by normalizing blood pressure. Among the properties contained within it we also find terpenes and tepernoids which have an antioxidant action, polysaccharides which act as immunostimulants, damnacanthal which increases the immune defenses by producing macrophages and serotonin which performs important actions such as mood regulation. and the stimulation of hunger in the central nervous system.

Benefits of the juice

From the fruits of these plants, juices are obtained that are well known for the therapeutic properties they contain and for the benefits they bring to our body. The juice has a thick consistency, a rather strong smell, an acid taste and a dark brown color. This juice is used against fatigue since it gives strength and energy by fighting weakness thanks to enzymes that assimilate amino acids, mineral salts and vitamins. It is used against headaches or pains of other types due to the pain-relieving properties that are contained in the juice, it is used against insomnia since it stimulates melatonin and therefore improves the quality of sleep. The juice also contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial substances, in fact it is also used for skin improvement. Research has shown that this juice is also very effective against high blood pressure and therefore is used against hypertension. Furthermore, Noni juice decreases the risk of cancer in cigarette smokers.

Intake and side effects

Noni juice should be drunk on an empty stomach and at least 30 – 40 minutes before eating so that no interference with food is created and maximum effectiveness of the product is guaranteed. As for the doses to be taken, it is advisable to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer but, usually, it is enough to take two tablespoons of juice a day. Avoid drinking this juice together with coffee, milk, tea or alcohol because you risk compromising its absorption actions. The juice should not even be combined with smoke and therefore nicotine. If the juice is used in the right quantities there is no risk of side effects, only at the first assumptions it could happen to have stomach upset. Despite being a safe and reliable product, in some cases, its use should not be recommended. The intake of this juice during pregnancy and breastfeeding should be avoided, it is said that it was used to cause abortions. It is not recommended to use it for people suffering from kidney diseases since Noni is rich in potassium, it is also not recommended for those who suffer from liver disease. The use of Noni juice is particularly recommended for those who overcome with difficulty the particular moments caused by stress, it is indicated to improve and, perhaps, increase concentration and mood, even if its abuse is not recommended as the the effect may prove to be too “strong” and cause damage in the other direction. It is not recommended to use it for people suffering from kidney diseases since Noni is rich in potassium, it is also not recommended for those who suffer from liver disease. The use of Noni juice is particularly recommended for those who overcome with difficulty the particular moments caused by stress, it is indicated to improve and, perhaps, increase concentration and mood, even if its abuse is not recommended as the the effect may prove to be too “strong” and cause damage in the other direction. It is not recommended to use it for people suffering from kidney diseases since Noni is rich in potassium, it is also not recommended for those who suffer from liver disease. The use of Noni juice is particularly recommended for those who overcome with difficulty the particular moments caused by stress, it is indicated to improve and, perhaps, increase concentration and mood, even if its abuse is not recommended as the the effect can be too “strong” and cause damage in the other direction.

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