Nutritional qualities and Benefits
Noni is a truly exceptional source of Vitamin C. Just 100 grams of noni fruit powder can provide your body with ten times the recommended daily intake of this powerful antioxidant, plus significant amounts of Vitamin B3, iron and potassium, and moderate amounts of Vitamin A, calcium and sodium.
Vitamin C protects us from disease and aging. It enables us to live longer and enjoy a better quality of life. We need it to grow and repair our tissues; develop our skin, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels; repair our cartilage, bones and teeth; and heal our wounds. It blocks the damage done to our bodies by free radicals and by cigarette smoke and other pollutants which over time leads to aging and the onset of diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
The Vitamin B3 or niacin found in noni and other food items is necessary for a healthy nervous system and for healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver. It helps us turn our food into fuel and energy, improve our circulation and lower our cholesterol levels. Just 100 grams of noni fruit powder also provides us with more than half (55 percent) of the carbohydrates and a hundred percent of the dietary fiber that we need every day. Since both Vitamin C and B3 are water soluble, they cannot be stored in our bodies and we have to ensure that we take in enough through food and if necessary, supplements.
Both the National Center for Complementary and Alternate Medicine and the National Cancer Institute have shown interest in exploring noni's properties in relation to tumors and cancers. Some studies suggest that noni has antioxidant and anti-tumor properties. Traditional medicine as practiced by Pacific Islanders and Asians has made use of almost every part of the tree-dried leaves as a rudimentary medicinal tea for pain and fever, leaves as poultice, roots for infections, the fruit for lesions, etc.