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.
Noni’s Journey to the Hawaiian Islands: The story of Hawaiian Noni begins sixteen-hundred years ago with inquisitive ocean explorers who came from the fruits original home in the Marquesas (mär-kā’zəs) Islands in what is now French Polynesia.
The twenty-four-hundred mile journey to the Hawaiian islands spanned over one third of the earths surface and was only completed after many attempts and over many generations. The guide and inspiration for these ancient mariners was migrating sea birds making a seasonal journey towards what would one day be the Hawaiian Islands.
Each fall travelers followed the birds out to sea using the stars and ocean currents to mark their position along the way; moving closer towards an unknown destination in the endless blue of the south pacific with each attempt.
By passing on navigational knowledge from tribal elders to new youth, each generations’ sojourn reached out further from home and closer to Hawaii. Long distance sailing brought many new challenges to the Polynesians. Food, water and other life necessities had to be refashioned for travel as did the basic goods needed to rebuild a new life once they had arrived.
Eventually fleets of better vessels were made with floating gardens allowing them to grow food as they sailed, and while still limited to the essentials, also now carried live plants (known as canoe plants) and seeds for native fruits and vegetables, building tools and materials, and a single cherished fruit for medicine.
The medicinal fruit was Noni and was known as the “queen” of all canoe plants for its healthful properties and its essential role in establishing new villages. So in 400 A.D., Hawaii Loa, a Polynesian chief brought Noni as one of the canoe plants on the 2,400 mile journey from Tahiti to a new island chain that eventually took on his name, Hawaii.
Today Dragon Noni is working to continue this inspiring tradition by bringing the benefits of Noni to new parts of the world through a line of refreshing drinks that taste great and keep you energized for your long journey. Organic Hawaiian OLA is made without any unnecessary sugars or stimulants, and is fair trade, GMO-free and here to support the local farmers of Hawaii.
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.