Noni, also known as Morinda Citrifolia, is a small, flowering, everbearing shrub native to the equatorial Pacific islands, Polynesia, Asia, and Australia. As a close relative to the coffee plant Noni grows to a height of up to 10 feet, and the leaves are a rich green and oval shaped. From a budding flower head the fruit can take over a year and a half to fully mature; eventually ripening from a bright green cluster to becoming a heavy yellow fruit with a distinct aroma.
In traditional Polynesian use as a medicine, Noni fruit has been used to treat many health conditions, such as upset stomach, skin inflammation, infection, and even treating cuts and wounds topically with its leaves. It has a ‘unique’ odor and taste when taken raw, so it is believed to be a last resort food source by many cultures. Today, OLA Noni juice is carefully blended with other natural super fruits and juices to bring out its best hidden flavors while still preserving its powerful health benefits.
Noni juice, like the juice of many other fruits, is a great a source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The antioxidants may help to prevent certain diseases and even slow age-related changes in the body. To learn more about the powerful health benefits of Noni check out Dr Oz on Noni.
Anti-Aging secrets of the Noni Fruit. Dr Oz says “one of the goals of the show is to put things that seem exotic or unique on the map”. In this episode, Oz teams up with Chris Kulham a “medicine hunter”, who searches the globe and foreign cultures identifying traditional remedies. Chris believes nature provides a natural cure for everything. When he was little he became so sick that his family thought he was going to die. His grandmother began giving him fresh juice made from the Noni plant and he believes it brought him back to good health.
As a traditional Polynesian remedy, “Noni’s health properties can help us on the inside and out” says Dr. Oz – and through the fruit’s potent anti aging properties that can help you look younger and live longer too. Mr. Kulham says the Noni Berry lowers inflammation, is really good for your immune system and can also be good for skin ailments which could be a natural effect of the plants powerful phytochemicals, including alkaloids, polysaccharides, flavonoids, fatty acids, and catechin just to list a few.
After extensive research both Chris and Dr Oz agree that many over zealous claims have been reported about Noni on the internet and other sources. Chris says that contrary to these claims Noni is not a cure for diabetes or cancer; however Noni is very good for you and has measurable benefits for your heart, pancreas, and joints through its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and blood-sugar stabilizing compounds.
Watch a clips from the original episode on Youtube.