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THE HEALING POWER OF THE NONI PLANT

Common Name: Noni

Scientific Name: Morinda citrifola

Noni plant, a shrub tree, has its origin from Asia and Australia. The plant has green leaves, white tubular flowers, and white-yellowish-green fruits, with a rough surface. The fruit when ripped has a pungent odor.

It is normally sold in juice form. The best kind would be the juice with the pulp. Adding sweeteners and preservatives will invalidate the effects it has on your body. Other forms include; dry leaves, bark of the stem, root and the flowers. Some people have described noni as a cure-all plant, which is not true.

Nonetheless, noni has many benefits that cannot be disputed. Here are 8 important benefits this fruit has in detail.

Pain-relieving – Studies have shown that noni has effectively reduced pain compared to certain pain-killers, making it an active option for the treatment of arthritis and other joint pains.

Immune system booster – Noni activates macrophages and strengthens the immune system, which then produces more lymphocytes. It also contains antibacterial agents that fight infectious bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli.

Antidepressant/sedative – Noni stimulates serotonin and melatonin, two very important hormones. Serotonin affects mood, emotions, and sleep; imbalance in levels of serotonin may contribute to depression. Melatonin regulates the Circadian rhythm, which helps you sleep; keeping this regular will help you get a good night’s rest, also improving your mood.

Skincare/hair – Noni’s properties are useful to the skin and scalp conditions, such as eczema and ringworm; also rubbed on scalp for lustrous hair; and will keep your skin young. Just rub some juice on affected skin/scalp, leave on for 15 minutes, rinse off. Ingestion of juice may help your nails to grow stronger.

Hypertension – Noni is high in phytonutrients, selenium, and vitamin C, which fights free radical damage on blood vessel walls; scopoletin, a compound that may lower blood pressure; it is alkaline, which keeps bodily fluids from becoming too acidic, therefore hurting free radicals.

Cholesterol – Noni prevents the absorption of LDL cholesterol, thus reducing plaque in arteries, keeping you healthy and alive longer.

Memory – Noni, as mentioned before, prevents absorption of cholesterol by way of its large amount of phytosterols. This directly helps your brain stay healthier, and plaque does not build up in arteries feeding the brain, keeping it properly oxygenated.

Constipation – Noni is high in soluble fiber, vitamins and minerals, which helps ease the strain on the intestines, softens stool, and keeps the intestines healthy.

WRITER- Jacob  K. Amengor-Snr. Content Creator & Environmentalist, threesityGh.

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REFERENCES

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