I tuned-in late, but Dr. Oz featured a segment about a potent Asian anti-oxidant, noni juice, on his television show today. He was discussing its anti-aging and anti-cancer properties. Here is a brief overview about noni I found on a site called NutruSanus.com:
Officially known as Morinda citrifola, Noni is a type of mulberry. It flowers year round producing a pungent and somewhat bitter fruit and juice. The juice is the most widely used by-product but in some cultures the leaves and roots also find use. The fruit is an excellent source of nutrients including Vitamin C, niacin, potassium, Vitamin A, calcium and sodium. Research has identified the presence of 10 essential vitamins, 7 dietary minerals, and 18 amino acids. Noni also contains a mixture of anthroquinones, organic acids, and xeronine.
It is xeronine that some researchers believe holds the key to Noni’s potential. Noni contains significant amounts of proxeronine a precursor to the alkaloid xeronine. An enzyme in the body helps convert proxeronine into xeronine. This effect happens most frequently when noni is taken on an empty stomach. A University of Hawaii researcher who has studied xeronine for years believes Noni with its proxeronine content has potential to aid some types (although not all types) of high blood pressure, menstrual cramps, arthritis, gastric ulcers, atherosclerosis, pain relief, mental depression…and several types of cancer.
Much more study is obviously needed to to help us understand if this is all a “hoax,” or if noni is truly a “wonder fruit.”
But seeing Dr. Oz so infatuated with noni got my attention. Dr. Oz sees noni as an anti-aging, anti-cancer anti-inflamatory. That’s a lot of “anti’s!”
Pattie and I will keep our eyes and ears open to see what we can learn about noni to share with our readers.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat