The noni tree, morinda citrifolia, is native to Asia and Australia. Its fruit and leaves are both used medicinally. Polynesian cultures traditionally made extensive use of this tree to treat conditions such as diabetes and urinary tract infections. The leaves are sold in a powdered capsule form as a nutritional supplement. Talk to your doctor before using noni to prevent, treat or cure any condition.
Noni capsules may help you if you are suffering from cancer. In a study published in December 2009 in the "Journal of Dietary Supplements", patients with cancer who took noni leaf capsules reported having reduced pain and fatigue. The effective dose was found to be in the range of 6 to 8 grams daily. However, some of the study participants withdrew prematurely because of their inability to swallow 3 to 4 pills to achieve that dose.
Taking noni leaf pills may help heal your wounds faster, according to preliminary evidence stemming from animal studies. Noni decreased wound healing time in rats in a study published in 2009 in" eCAM." In this study, the researchers fed the rats an extract taken from the leaves of the noni tree, 150mg for roughly every 2.2 lbs of body weight.
Noni leaf pills may protect women from cervical cancer. In vivo, noni was found to kill cervical cancer cells in a study published in 2010 in the "Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health." According to the researchers, noni leaf has antioxidant properties meaning that it helps protect healthy cells.
Noni leaf capsules are generally safe and suitable as a supplement, according to a study published in 2008 in the "European Food Safety Authority." However, the authors suggest more testing is warranted to determine if liver toxicity can occur with noni capsules. The potential for liver toxicity is a concern with many herbal products. Talk to your doctor before taking noni capsules.
- "Journal of Dietary Supplements"; Using Quality of Life Measures in a Phase I Clinical Trial of Noni in Patients With Advanced Cancer to Select a Phase II Dose; Brian F. Issell, M.D., et al.; December 2009
- "eCAM"; Evaluation of the Wound-Healing Activity of Ethanolic Extract of Morinda citrifolia L. Leaf; B. Shivananda Nayak et al.; 2009
- "Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health"; Anti-Proliferative and Antioxidant Activities of Thai Noni/ Yor (Morinda Citrifolia Linn.) Leaf Extract; Wasina Thani et al.; 2010
- "European Food Safety Authority"; Safety of 'leaves from Morinda citrifolia L.' 1Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies; Jean-Louis Bresson et al; 2008