What’s Up With Noni?

It seems like a lot of people are talking about noni these days. If you’re not quite sure what they’re talking about, don’t feel left out. This fruit is fairly new to the international scene and, in many ways, has been one of the best kept secrets of Polynesia, Southeast Asia and other areas where it grows naturally. Here are some quick facts about this super fruit and how you can capitalize on its many benefits.

What's Up With Noni?

Noni may be a little fruit, but it offers some big health benefits.

The History of Noni

According to Little Fruit, Big Benefits: Introducing Noni, this fruit as a rich history of use for general health and medicinal purposes. In fact, noni has been used in Southeast Asia for more than 2,000 years as both a food and a medicine.

All parts of noni have historically been used for a variety of purposes, including the bark, leaves, roots and fruit. The naturally bitter, fermented taste of noni didn’t deter ancient people from using it. They believed the unpleasant taste kept illnesses away. The introduction of noni to other countries is fairly recent and, as other nations have learned of the fruit’s benefits, its popularity has exploded.

The Fruit’s Characteristics

As mentioned above, noni’s natural flavor is bitter, with a slightly fermented taste. Its exterior is a mix of darker and lighter green tones with characteristic raised circles covering the surface. The fruit is slightly larger at the base and tapers to a thinner stem.

On the inside, noni’s flesh is a mix of white and tan. The fruit’s seeds create an outline around the outer end of the flesh, with a solid middle portion. The fruit is fairly easy to cut, with a thin rind.

Noni as a Health Aid

Noni has been used as a health aid for centuries in regions where it grows naturally. Noni is often consumed as a juice and is currently being researched for its pain relief effects. For those with chronic pain from arthritis or other join problems, noni may offer pain relief comparable to prescription pain killers.

Use in Hair and Body Care Products

A recent evolution in the use of noni is of incorporating it into hair and body products. As a poultice, it seems to combat joint swelling and pain. These benefits are linked to the fruit’s anti-inflammatory properties.

In hair care products, this fruit can help reverse the effects of hair loss. It can also help to strengthen existing hair. But, be sure that you’re investing in a hair product that has properly incorporated the fruit into its ingredient list. A natural and ethically made hair product will deliver more of the natural benefits of noni.

In many ways, noni has been one of the best kept secrets of Polynesia and other areas where it’s a native fruit. But word is spreading and many are now experiencing the benefits of this super fruit. From acting as a digestive aid to reversing the effects of hair loss when used in hair products, there are many uses of noni. Learn more about the fruit and capitalize on its benefits today.

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