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Photo of a pale yellow-green fruit shaped like an oval.
Noni fruit (Morinda Citrifolia) is a tropical medicinal plant.
Source: Tom Rulkens, Flickr. May 8, 2010. License: CC BY-SA-2.0

Noni is a tropical fruit that is used by some people to try to improve their health, with noni juice being a popular way to take noni.[1] Noni may be used for general aches and pains, infections, constipation, arthritis, although these uses aren't necessarily supported by research findings.[1]

Alternative names[edit | edit source]

Noni is also known as:

  • Ba Ji Tian
  • Bois Douleur
  • Canarywood
  • Cheese fruit or Rotten Cheese Fruit
  • Great morinda
  • Hai Ba Ji
  • Hog Apple
  • Hawaiian Noni or Tahitian Noni Juice
  • Headache tree
  • Jus de Noni
  • Luoling
  • Mengkudu
  • Menkoedoe
  • Mora de la India
  • Morinda or Morinda Citrifolia
  • Mulberry (although this may refer to a different plant), Beach Mulberry or Indian Mulberry
  • Mûre Indienne
  • Nhau
  • Nono or Nonu
  • Pau-Azeitona
  • Ruibarbo Caribe
  • Ura
  • Wild Pine
  • Wu Ning
  • Yor[2][3][4]

Theory[edit | edit source]

Noni is a traditional medicine with a long history of use for health benefits.[1]

Evidence[edit | edit source]

Photo of a bottle and noni juice with two noni fruits.
Noni juice is a popular traditional medicine.
Source: Jencu, on Flickr. Feb 26, 2012. License: CC BY-2.0

Noni is known to be a good source of potassium.[2]

Risks and safety[edit | edit source]

Noni is considered possibly safe when taken used as a food or drink, or applied to the skin as an ointment.[2] Up to 750ml of noni juice per day is generally considered safe, also sellers suggest 30ml as a typical dose,[5] and it is not considered any less safe than other fruit juices.[1]

It is sometimes mixed with other fruit juices, sugar, additives or preservatives, which may have negative effects on health [1]

Costs and availability[edit | edit source]

Noni is only grown in certain countries but can be imported.[2]

Costs depend on the brand, purity, and the form (juice, supplement, ointment, etc). Pure noni juice prices are around $20 USD for 16oz (473ml) of pure noni juice in the United States, but significantly less if bulk amounts are bought.[5]

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