What exactly is noni juice?
Miranda Kerr drinks it by the truckload. Well, almost. And if noni juice is good enough for this ultimate slashie (read: supermodel/mum/health nut/natural skin care advocate), surely it’s good enough for us.
But what exactly is noni juice? And what are the benefits of drinking it on a daily basis? Let’s find out...
WHAT IS NONI JUICE?
Noni juice is derived from the noni fruit (pictured), which is also called Morinda Citrifolia or Great Morinda, and it grows in the Polynesian islands, Southeast Asia and Australasia. The juice itself does have a strong taste; one that is not always seen as palatable, but an acquired taste. It is generally described as a bitter tasting fruit juice, but can be mixed with grape juice for a more pleasant tasting drink.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF NONI JUICE?
Oh, there are many. For starters, noni juice rich in phytochemicals, which are known to help prevent diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. It’s a mood-booster, can help build bone strength, and even assist those who suffer from sleep-related disorders. Noni juice also acts as an antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory, and lowers allergy-related reactions thanks to its ability to stimulate the immune system. Add healthier skin and hair into its mix of benefits because of the antioxidant value of the grape seed extract within the juice, and you’ve got one incredible natural health drink.
IS NONI JUICE BENEFICIAL WHEN APPLIED TOPICALLY?
Of course! Noni juice is wonderfully effective at relieving burns, while also contributing to a faster healing time. It’s also handy for reducing eczema, and can be applied to the scalp to promote shiner, more lustrous hair and a healthy scalp. (Try Miranda Kerr's skin care line KORA Organics if you're looking for products containing this natural wonder ingredient.)
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PURCHASING NONI JUICE?
Noni juice is obviously a little bit of a buzz product in the health industry right now, so be careful when making a purchase as many brands have tried to jump on the so-called bandwagon. Obviously, fresh noni juice is a richer source of nutrients than the bottled variety, but if fresh isn’t possible, beware of variants that have been diluted or contain artificial sweeteners as they both can affect its nutrient level. Always look for residue at the bottom of the bottle – good noni juice always has plenty of it – and a strong brown hue also indicates purity.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS FROM DRINKING NONI JUICE?
Yes, there are a few. Because regularly consuming noni juice acts as a detoxification process, it can create diarrhoea, gas, headaches and not-so-nicely-scented breath. But this is all part-in-parcel of your body ridding itself of toxins. Drinking plenty of water will help lessen these side effects.
Have you heard of noni juice? Do you ever drink it? Did you know it has so many health benefits?