09 Aug The health-giving benefits of noni
MEDICINAL USES OF NONI
In traditional medicine, noni has a staggering number of uses. Ancient healers found success in using every part of the noni tree for everything from pain relief to treating viral and bacterial infections. It’s almost impossible to go into every traditional use for the plant, but here are a few of the most well-known medicinal uses of noni in traditional medicine.
We all wish there was a magic cure for colds, flu, cough, and other viruses, but that simply isn’t the case. Noni, however, has been used as a natural remedy to viruses of all kinds, and can help relieve discomfort and speed healing.
Noni has been known not only as “the cheese fruit”, but also as “the painkiller fruit”. Its painkilling properties have been most effective for arthritic and joint pain, but it can also be effective for headaches and other types of pain. Before drugs were commonplace, this remedy helped many ease their pain. Though the claims have not been extensively studied, noni is thought to help reduce joint breakdown due to arthritis.
Noni fruit has been shown to be an effective preventative measure against type 2 diabetes, reducing the risk of developing the disease and enhancing insulin sensitivity.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Due to its content of phytochemicals, selenium, and vitamin C, noni can help prevent damage to blood vessel walls, while scopoletin is thought to lower blood pressure. Noni has been used for centuries to treat high blood pressure.
Noni has a positive effect on both serotonin and melatonin, two hormones that help regulate mood. Noni may help improve symptoms of mood disorders like anxiety and depression by regulating these hormones and improving overall mood.
Though it has not been formally studied, traditional healers have used the noni fruit as a cancer treatment since ancient times. Noni contains high levels of phytochemicals, similar to pineapple, and have anti-cancer properties, weakening the cancer cells and inhibiting further growth. Tests on mice and cervical cancer cells have shown that noni does have positive effects on cancer cells, and could help keep the deadly disease at bay.
CUTS, INFECTIONS AND BURNS
Noni’s healing and cellular support have made it an ideal treatment for all types of external wounds. Cuts, infections, burns, deep bruises, and other wounds have been successfully treated with noni, which offers cellular repair benefits. The plant can also reduce blood sugar and encourage collagen formation, resulting in accelerated wound healing. Because of its versatility, noni has historically formed the basis for the majority of natural healing formulas created by Asian and Polynesian healers.
Parasites can cause a wide range of health problems, but noni has been shown to help prevent parasitic disease, and has been used for many different parasitic illnesses, including intestinal worms and malaria (leaves prepared as a tea).
Noni has a high fiber content, which has made it effective in treating stomach discomfort, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Not only does the fiber in noni help to regulate digestion, the vitamins and minerals it contains help to maintain healthy intestines.
BEAUTY BENEFITS OF NONI
Today, noni is most often consumed as a fruit leather or juice to unlock its medicinal benefits, but it is also used as a powerful ingredient in beauty products. For many people who are interested in improving their skin and hair, noni can be a key ingredient in solving many cosmetic concerns. Here are just a few key beauty benefits the noni fruit has to offer.
Noni is a fantastic source of antioxidants, which help to repair damaged and mutated skin, leading to smoother, more youthful skin. Wrinkles under eyes, sagging skin, and other signs of aging are all reduced as noni gets to work, improving cellular repair and helping kickstart collagen production.
FIGHTS FREE RADICALS
Free radicals are found in the atmosphere, and they can have a major negative impact on the skin. Free radicals damage skin at the cellular level, and even mutate cells for more significant damage. The antioxidants in noni fight these free radicals, leading to healthier skin, improved healing, and more youthful, beautiful skin overall.
UNEVEN SKIN PIGMENTATION
The sun has a major negative impact on the skin, due to the UV (ultraviolet) rays it emits. These rays cause collagen to break down in the skin, melanin (skin pigment) to overproduce, and cells to become damaged. Freckles, age spots, and hyperpigmentation are all common issues for people who spend a lot of time in the sun, but topical noni extract use can help lighten and regulate the skin pigment, even preventing some damage that can cause uneven skin pigmentation.
HAIR LOSS TREATMENT
Hair loss is a common problem, but it can be very distressing for people when they first start to notice their hair falling out. For some (especially women), hair loss is even more troublesome than other signs of aging, like wrinkles under eyes! The good news is that noni is a great option for treating hair loss naturally. In many cases, hair loss is triggered by scalp problems—problems that noni can help regulate when the extracts are included in shampoos and conditioners. The noni extracts work to detoxify the scalp, promote cellular renewal, and promote healthy skin and hair, which can help prevent hair loss. The antioxidants found in the fruit also help to repair and stimulate the scalp to produce healthy skin cells.