The nutritional supplement industry seems to have an exceptionally short attention span. Witness how they move from one new super-food to the next. In the last year or two, you’ve probably heard and read about acai berries, hoodia, mangosteen, thelmak root, goji and probably a few others besides, all in quick succession. Each of these foods is hailed as the healthiest thing ever discovered; but of course, it’s hard to get a handle on exactly which of these foods can do what for you, since it seems the industry quickly moves on to the next nutritional discovery.
Now they’ve moved on to Noni juice benefits. That’s not to say that Noni juice (or any of the other products mentioned above) is bad for you. To the contrary, all of these products have extensive benefits but we’ve gotten tired of the hype, particularly when it comes to Noni juice benefits.
In case you haven’t read much about it yet, Noni (aka Great Morinad) is a tree which grows in many areas of south-eastern Asia and on many islands in the South Pacific. This is a very prolific tree, blooming and producing fruit all year. Noni fruit has a very strong odor while ripening, something which has led to its gaining the nickname “the cheese fruit”. The pulp of the Noni fruit is used in some Indonesian dishes as well as in other Asian and Micronesian cuisines. Noni juice benefits make up part of the traditional medicine of the South Pacific.
Like many fruit juices, Noni juice is rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and phytochemicals, with an antioxidant content roughly equivalent to an ounce of grape skins. A glass of Noni juice contains slightly less calories than a glass of orange juice, but contains just as much vitamin C.
Now, these compounds all have benefits, they all exist in other food products. The specific Noni juice benefits come from the fact that you get them in one dose with fewer calories.
But you’re probably curious about the specific health benefits of Noni juice. Here they are:
First of all, like all foods high in Vitamin C, Noni has a noticeable impact in improving liver function and protecting the liver from damage. Similarly, it helps the body create more T-Cells and is a good immune system booster. There is anecdotal evidence from Linus Pauling that large doses of Vitamin C can also act to help ward off viruses.
The antioxidant compounds within Noni juice are the same ones that have been proven to help cardiovascular health in lab mice and lab rats; they’re also in the general category of ‘toxin removers’ that help eliminate free radicals, one of the things that promotes aging in the human body.
Because Noni juice has both anti-oxidants and a decent amount of fructose, it’s got the same “wake you up and clear fatigue” benefits that a lot of the ‘energy drinks’ on the market do. (Fructose is the most easily absorbed sugar; getting fructose and anti-oxidants at the same time helps the absorption process go more quickly). Related to this, it appears that Noni juice (like a lot of other fruit juices) triggers serotonin release in the brain, making it a mood elevator.
These Noni juice benefits make the juice something worth incorporating into your diet. However, drinking Noni juice doesn’t mean that you’ll never get sick again nor is this fruit juice the fountain of youth in a bottle. It’s just a healthy juice which provides some nutritional benefits; which should be enough reason to make this healthy tropical fruit a part of your diet.