Frank MiuccioIT Director
Samantha CloseAlex ForbessJin HuangJillian KwongWilliam McClainLin ZhangEditorial Research Staff
Morinda citrofolia has become popularly known the world over as noni juice, extracted from the noni fruit which is believed to have tremendous health benefits to the body.Red Smoothie Detox Factor The most significant feature of the noni fruit powder is its high carbohydrate and fiber content. An experiment made at the University of Manoa showed that a 100 g sample of noni powder contained 71 percent carbohydrate, 36 percent fiber, 5.2 percent protein and 1.2 percent fat. It is also rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, calcium and sodium.Noni juice's world-wide popularity can also be attributed to its outstanding phytochemical content that include flavonoids, fatty acids, oligo- and polysaccharides, catechin, alkaloids, iridoids, scopoletin, beta-sitosterol, damnacanthal, and lignans. These phytochemicals are potentially beneficial to the body because of their unique characteristics that synergistically work in harmony to make the body function properly.
Most phytochemicals exhibit antioxidant properties, substances that protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals, and delays the process of oxidation The phytochemicals flavonoids, catechins and lignans are antioxidants that are found naturally in fruits and vegetables. Catechins are abundantly found in the leaves of the tea plant Camellia sinensis and in small amounts in chocolates, red wine, berries, and apples.The scopoletin content provides noni juice the ability to regulate blood pressure, protect against gastro-intestinal diseases, diseases of the respiratory tract infection, pneumonia, asthma and strep throat. It also demontrates anti-inflammatory properties and is believed to contain the hormone serotonin, a "feel-good" hormone responsible for fighting off anxiety and depression.