Noni juice, derived from the fruit of the Morinda citrifolia tree, has a long history of use in Polynesian folk medicine — spanning over 2,000 years. Known for its rich heritage of health applications, noni juice is now capturing the attention of fitness enthusiasts, including our very own Shilpa Shetty.
In a recent video, Shilpa Shetty shared her daily health secret — endorsing noni juice. She explained, “I have 4 concentrated drops of noni juice, and it gives me a lot of strength in the morning to do all of the crazy stuff I do for the rest of the day.”
Dr Raj Vardhan, OSD Chairman at Noida International Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Noida International University, supported the claims by acknowledging noni’s extensive range of applications. He highlighted its historical use in addressing diverse conditions such as diabetes, anxiety, colds, flu, high blood pressure, depression, and more. The versatile uses of noni involve various parts of the plant, including leaves, fruits, and roots.
Dr Priyanka Rohatgi, chief nutritionist at Apollo Hospitals, outlined the potential benefits of consuming noni, including:
- Antioxidant properties: Noni is a rich source of antioxidants that combat oxidative stress and protect cells from damage.
- Anti-inflammatory effects: Research suggests that Noni may possess anti-inflammatory properties, potentially beneficial for conditions related to inflammation.
- Immune system support: Noni may boost the immune system, aiding in the fight against infections.
- Pain relief: Traditionally, noni has been used for pain relief, especially for conditions like arthritis and joint pain.
However, Dr Rohatgi cautioned that noni consumption may carry certain risks, especially for individuals with pre-existing health conditions. These risks encompass factors like high potassium content, potential liver concerns, drug interactions, and allergic reactions. Anyone considering noni should consult a healthcare professional to weigh the potential benefits against these risks.
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According to Dr Vardhan, noni can be consumed in various forms, including juice, capsules, or as fresh fruit. It can also be applied topically for skin-related purposes. The choice depends on specific benefits, whether for internal consumption or topical application, and should be accompanied by the right dosage.
“It’s important to note that there is no standardised dosage for noni, and the appropriate amount can vary based on individual factors and the form of noni used. Therefore, consulting with a healthcare professional is crucial to determine the suitable dosage and form, which aligns with individual needs and health conditions,” Dr Rohatgi concluded.