Noni Side Effects
About the Side Effects of Noni
Put simply, there are no side effects of Noni. Noni, the Hawaiian name for Morinda citrofolia, is most often used as a health supplement. If you are worried about any hidden side effects that this fruit may have, then you need not. Noni has no side effects. The more important point is not about the side effects of Noni, but the lack of effects of Noni juice altogether. Again, put simply, Noni juice has hardly any positive or negative effects.
Morinda citrofolia, or the Noni plant as Hawaiian’s call it, has many names throughout the world, but the bitter taste of the fruit and the fact that it is only eaten by those most desperate for some kind of sustenance, has given it the monikers of “Starvation Fruit” and more vividly, “Vomit Fruit.” This is because the plant in its natural form is extremely unpleasant tasting.
Health Benefits of Noni
In its natural form, however, the fruit has quite a number of health benefits. The pulp packs, for example, a heavy carbohydrate punch. If you can get by the taste, it is actually a very good source for energy. In fact, three quarters of the fruit is made up of carbs.
In addition, the fruit is also high in fiber, which means that it could be a great colon cleanser and that it could help prevent heart disease. Fiber, as you may know from the media blitz about its benefits in the 1980s and early 90’s is one of the best things you can take to help clear your veins of cholesterol and your colon of bile. It may even have some positive cancer preventing effects given these properties.
In addition, the Noni fruit also contains niacin, potassium, and iron in moderate amounts and a bit of calcium and sodium as well. Many health nuts also tout its Vitamin C content as well.
Researchers are currently investigating whether extracts from the Noni plant may actually have antioxidant effects that may aid in preventing cancer—especially breast cancer. Despite this plethora of beneficial side effects of Noni, it turns out that the form of Noni that most mainlanders ingest does not carry most of these positives.
Health Benefits and Side Effects of Noni Juice
Unfortunately, the juice from the Noni plant does not carry the same benefits as the Noni pulp and plant does. As it turns out, when you juice a Noni plant, the only benefit that carries over into its liquid form is Vitamin C and even that is about half of what most people could get from an orange.
Despite this, the companies that sell the product tend to tout the properties of the plant rather than what is known about the juice. In addition, because the plant has several uses in traditional native cultures in addition to what we know about its actual properties, Noni juice also gets wrapped up in these sorts of exotic associations. In these cultures, the Noni fruit was believed to help women during their “moon time,” relieving the cramps and crankiness that accompany this time of the month. It was also believed that it could help ease the pain of infections having to do with urination. No scientific evidence backs up these claims.
In the final analysis, we might say that it is unlikely that Noni juice will have any great effect on your health either in a positive or in a negative direction. If you happen to live in Hawaii, of course, you could probably get more benefit from eating the Noni fruit itself—but given the awful taste, you would really have to be committed to it. If you go at night, you might even be joined by fruit bats—they love the “Vomit Fruit.”