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The benefits of noni fruit for he alth have been known for a long time. Although it has a very bitter taste, not a few Indonesian people use this fruit to treat various diseases, ranging from headaches, flu, to diabetes
Morinda citrifolia (Morinda citrifolia) is a green fruit that is commonly found in Australia, India, and Southeast Asia, including Indonesia. This fruit is quite popular for consumption as herbal medicine and supplements.
In the noni fruit, the following various nutrients are contained:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
Noni fruit is also rich in antioxidants, such as flavonoids and saponins, as well as various anti-inflammatory and antibacterial substances.
In addition to being believed to be able to treat various types of diseases, noni fruit is also believed to be able to moisturize the skin and disguise fine wrinkles on the face. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of the noni fruit still requires further research.
The Benefits of Noni for He alth
The noni fruit does have a pungent smell and a bitter taste. However, the benefits of noni fruit for he alth are very diverse, including:
1. Prevent and repair body cell damage
The body's cells and tissues can be damaged quickly when the body is often exposed to free radicals that come from various sources, such as cigarette smoke, pollution, toxins, and excessive exposure to radiation or sunlight.
If exposed to too many free radicals, the body's cells will be damaged quickly and this can increase the risk of various diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Noni fruit is known to reduce levels of free radicals and repair damage to body cells caused by exposure to these substances.
However, to maximize the benefits of this noni fruit, you also need to live a he althy lifestyle, namely by not smoking, reducing stress, exercising regularly, and getting enough rest time.
2. Maintain cholesterol levels in the blood
A research shows that noni fruit extract or noni fruit juice can lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides, so it is good for preventing the buildup of cholesterol in the blood vessels that can cause cardiovascular disease, such as stroke and heart disease.
This effect is thought to be due to the high content of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances in the noni fruit.
3. Reducing joint pain
Noni has been used traditionally to relieve pain and relieve inflammation in the body. This fruit extract is also known to be efficacious for reducing pain and swelling in the joints, for example in people with osteoarthritis.
4. Boost the immune system
One of the benefits of the noni fruit which is no less important is to strengthen the body's resistance or immune system. With a strong immune system, the body can be stronger against bacteria and viruses that cause disease so that you don't get sick easily.
5. Lowering blood sugar levels
High and uncontrolled blood sugar levels can lead to type 2 diabetes over time.
Therefore, to prevent this disease, you need to live a he althy lifestyle by limiting sugar consumption, exercising regularly, and increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables.
A research shows that noni fruit can lower blood sugar levels and keep it stable. This effect is thought to be due to its ability to increase the effectiveness of the hormone insulin in regulating blood sugar levels.
6. Maintain ideal body weight
A small-scale laboratory study shows that noni fruit is beneficial in maintaining weight and preventing obesity. This effect is thought to be due to the ability of the noni fruit to reduce cholesterol and fat, as well as increase metabolism.
However, until now, there has not been much research showing the effectiveness of the benefits of the noni fruit in humans. Therefore, to lose weight, you can't just rely on noni fruit. You also need to exercise regularly and have a he althy diet.
In addition to the various benefits above, there are many other benefits of noni fruit, such as controlling blood pressure, reducing the risk of cancer, reducing nausea, and increasing stamina.Unfortunately, the various claims for the benefits of the noni fruit still need to be investigated further.
Things to Pay Attention to Before Consuming Noni Fruit
Like fruits in general, noni fruit is relatively safe for consumption as food or supplements. However, although it is rare, herbal supplements containing noni fruit extract are also known to cause side effects, such as stomach upset, diarrhea, dizziness, and headaches.
In order to avoid dangerous side effects, you should be careful before taking herbal medicines, including noni fruit, especially if you have the following conditions:
Pregnant or breastfeeding
Noni fruit is not recommended for consumption by pregnant women because of the risk of causing interference with fetal growth and development. This fruit should also not be consumed in excess by nursing mothers because its effect on breastfed babies is not yet known clearly.
High potassium levels in the blood
Consumption of noni fruit can increase potassium levels in the body, so this fruit is not recommended for consumption by people who have hyperkalemia, namely high levels of potassium in the blood.
This condition can cause various symptoms, such as fatigue, nausea, difficulty breathing, and chest palpitations. If not treated, hyperkalemia can cause complications in the form of nerve and kidney function disorders, as well as heart rhythm disturbances.
Noni fruit is also not recommended for consumption by people who have kidney disease. This is because excessive consumption of noni fruit or in high doses can damage the kidneys more quickly.
Disorders of the liver
Various types of medicines and herbal supplements, including noni fruit supplements, can cause liver damage or liver disease. This effect is more at risk for people who consume noni fruit in the long term or in excess.
In addition, noni fruit can also cause drug interaction effects, when consumed together with certain drugs.
The benefits of noni fruit for he alth are many and varied. However, to be safer, you should consult a doctor first before deciding to use noni fruit, especially if you want to use it as a treatment.