An awful taste yet huge benefits…. the amazing Noni.
The history of Noni is unique. Noni was distributed from Asia and now throughout the Pacific Islands. For centuries Noni was served as food and also medical purposes. Now the health benefits of the plant are used all over the world.
Biological Description of Noni
The scientific medical name of Noni is Morinda citrifolia in the family Rubiaceae. There are a few other common names which are Indian Mulberry, Beach Mulberry, Morinda, Noni Fruit, Noni Juice, Tahitian Noni, Mengkudu, Hog apple, Wild Pine, Meng Koedoe, Mora de la Indi and Ruibarbo Caribe.
It is a tropical evergreen tree that grows to about 3 to 6 meters. It has a 4-angled stem and wide, glossy, dark-green opposite shiny leaves with a creamy-white flower. Noni bears a fruit about the size of a potato that starts out green, and then ripens into yellow with lots of seeds inside that are edible when roasted.
The fruit has a pungent odor when ripening. It smells absolutely terrible! That is why Noni is known as “cheese fruit” or even “vomit fruit”. When eaten you really want to throw up. The leaves taste terrible too!
Many unique health benefits of Noni
If one has inflammation, swellings, high blood pressure and conditions of aging, Noni can help to cope. In some researches it has also shown very promising anti-cancer activity. Noni also serves as prevention to different cardiovascular diseases. The plant is generally a pain reliever. Some researches state that Noni can help when you have depression, addiction, and headaches. However there is no reliable clinical evidence available in the medical literature to support these claims.
In different countries Noni is used for different sickness. In India the plant is mainly used as a remedy for asthma and dysentery. In the U.S. Noni juice becomes popular as a dietary and nutritional supplement, general tonic, stress reliever, and facial and body cleanser.
In Malaysia Noni serves as coughs, nausea, or colic relievers and even as a remedy for head lice. In China, Samoa, Japan, and Tahiti different parts of the plant is used as tonics and to contain fever, to treat eye and skin problems, gum and throat problems as well as constipation, stomach pain, or respiratory difficulties.
On the Indonesian island of Java, the trees are cultivated for dye purpose. In Surinam and different other countries, the tree serves as a wind-break, as support for vines and as shade for coffee trees.
Noni for sure has many great benefits. The plant grows at many places in Malaysia, and even on our small tropical rainforest island Langkawi UNESCO Geopark. Paul Penders Co is interested to do research on the beautifying elements of this truly wonderful plant…