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Noni

Also indexed as:Morinda citrifolia
Noni: Main Image © Martin Wall
Botanical names:
Morinda citrifolia

Parts Used & Where Grown

Native to Polynesia, the noni plant (also known as Indian mulberry) is a small tree that usually grows to a height of ten feet. The fruit, which starts out green and turns yellow, is used medicinally.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Immune Function
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Studies show noni to have some immune-enhancing activity.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Traditional Polynesian healers have used the fruit of the noni plant for just about everything—from a tonic drink to mending broken bones—but it is said that because of its strong, unpleasant odor and bitter taste, a person won’t take it until they are too sick and desperate. The bark yields a red dye while the root yields a yellow one. Both colors were used in the ceremonial outfits of Hawaiian chiefs. In the early 1990s, noni juice became heavily marketed in the United States primarily through network marketing companies. However, despite tremendous claims and testimonials, there is little scientific documentation on noni.

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