The benefits of noni fruits for health 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.
Noni (Morinda citrifolia) is a green fruit that is commonly found in Australia, India, and Southeast Asia, including Indonesia. This fruit is quite popular consumed as herbal medicine and supplements.
The noni fruit contains the following various nutrients:
Noni fruit is also rich in antioxidants, such as flavonoids and saponins, as well as various anti-inflammatory and antibacterial substances.
Besides being believed to be able to treat various types of diseases, noni fruit is also believed to moisturize the skin and disguise fine wrinkles on the face. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of the noni fruit still requires further research.
Benefits of Noni Fruit for Health
Noni fruit does have a pungent odor and a bitter taste. However, the benefits of noni fruit for health are very diverse, including:
1. Prevent and repair body cell damage
Cells and body tissues can be quickly damaged when the body is often exposed to free radicals from various sources, such as cigarette smoke, pollution, toxins, and exposure to radiation or excess sunlight.
If too many free radicals are exposed, 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 healthy lifestyle, namely by not smoking, reducing stress, exercising regularly, and getting enough rest time.
2. Maintain cholesterol levels in the blood
A study 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. Reduce joint pain
Noni fruit 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 noni fruits that 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.