Morinda Citrifolia is a native fruit of Southeast Asia and Australasia, and is commonly known as great morinda, Indian mulberry, nunaakai (Tamil Nadu, India), mengkudu (Indonesia and Malaysia), kumudu (Bali), pace (Java), dog dumpling (Barbados), apatot (Philippines) and beach mulberry, cheese fruit, or noni (Hawaii). Green at first, it later on turns yellow as it ripens, giving off a strong pungent odor. Since weaver ants are naturally attracted to it, they protect the plant from plant-parasitic insects.
More commonly sold and consumed in a juice form, it comes in tastes such as sweetened, unsweetened, diluted with grape juice or other berry juices, noni powder mixed with water or juice. The best flavour is the unsweetened one with pulp. The pulp contains majority of the nutrients. Noni has had a bad reputation of being a spam, due to ads claiming it to be an all-cure product. Although many products in the market are more harmful than helpful, Noni isn’t one of them.
Noni has been proven to be a great pain relief product and this also happens to be an effective immunity booster. Here are 10 most important benefits of this fruit.
- Immune system booster
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome/constipation