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Noni

Plant Part Used

Fruit juice.

Introduction

Noni is found in many parts of the tropics, including the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, India, and the Philippines. Noni fruit was used by the ancient Hawaiians, and it is still used by the local population in Hawaii for diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and other chronic disorders. In the past, there has been little clinical data to support the use of noni fruit in these and other conditions, although some recent research suggests that the noni fruit juice may in fact have some modern medical uses.

Interactions and Depletions

Interactions

Dosage Info

Dosage Range

30-180ml daily taken on an empty stomach, either ½ hour before or 1 hour after meals. Dilute in favorite beverage.

Most Common Dosage

30ml (1oz) daily taken on an empty stomach, either ½ hour before or 1 hour after meals. Dilute in favorite beverage.

Standardization

Standardization represents the complete body of information and controls that serve to enhance the batch to batch consistency of a botanical product, including but not limited to the presence of a marker compound at a defined level or within a defined range.

Not applicable.

Reported Uses

According to one study, noni contains a sugar compound that may have anti-tumor properties. The authors concluded that while noni may stimulate a number of immune functions that help the body fight cancerous cells, more research on these potential benefits are needed. (1)

Other research suggests that noni may help sooth the body’s aches and pains while also working as a mild sedative. (2)

Toxicities & Precautions

Introduction

Be sure to tell your pharmacist, doctor, or other health care providers about any dietary supplements you are taking. There may be a potential for interactions or side effects.

General

This dietary supplement is considered safe when used in accordance with proper dosing guidelines.

Side Effects

Side effects are possible with any dietary supplement. This dietary supplement has been reported to cause high potassium levels in the blood in one individual. (3) If you have had kidney problems (4) or have had problems with blood potassium levels in the past, talk to your doctor before taking this dietary supplement.

Pregnancy/ Breast Feeding

To date, the medical literature has not reported any adverse effects related to fetal development during pregnancy or to infants who are breast-fed. Yet little is known about the use of this dietary supplement while pregnant or breast-feeding. Therefore, it is recommended that you inform your healthcare practitioner of any dietary supplements you are using while pregnant or breast-feeding.

Age Limitations

To date, the medical literature has not reported any adverse effects specifically related to the use of this dietary supplement in children. Since young children may have undiagnosed allergies or medical conditions, this dietary supplement should not be used in children under 10 years of age unless recommended by a physician.

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  1) Botanical Info

  2) Cultivation

References

  1. View Abstract: Hirazumi A, Furusawa E. An Immunomodulatory Polysaccharide-rich Substance from the Fruit Juice of Morinda citrifolia (noni) with Antitumour Activity. Phytother Res. Aug1999;13(5):380-7.
  2. View Abstract: Younos C, Rolland A, Fleurentin J, et al. Analgesic and Behavioural Effects of Morinda citrifolia. Planta Med. Oct1990;56(5):430-4.
  3. View Abstract: Mueller BA, Scott MK, Sowinski KM, et al. Noni juice (Morinda citrifolia): Hidden Potential for Hyperkalemia? Am J Kidney Dis. Feb2000;35(2):310-2.
  4. View Abstract: Mueller BA, Scott MK, Sowinski KM, et al. Noni juice (Morinda citrifolia): Hidden Potential for Hyperkalemia? Am J Kidney Dis. Feb2000;35(2):310-2.

 

 

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