If you haven’t tried noni fruit, you’re missing out on a superfood that could boost your health and wellness. Eating noni fruit doesn’t always occur to people. Why? Because it’s not well-known for its health benefits, at least in modern times. While the tree is a fairly uncommon sight in Singapore these days, it’s plentiful in Malaysia and Indonesia, and has been prized for its medicinal properties for centuries.
Noni is an evergreen plant with fruit, shoots, and leaves that can be eaten or used externally for many different purposes. Curious about how (and why) to eat noni? Here are the facts about this powerful fruit!
AN ANCIENT REMEDY
Noni has been used for centuries to help cure a variety of ailments. It has been known as the “painkiller fruit” for its ability to reduce inflammation and control pain, but the benefits don’t stop there. Generations of islanders were eating noni fruit as part of their everyday diet, increasing their consumption when they fell ill, to help them recover and improve their health. It was also used to help mothers recover after birth, control diabetes, and adjust blood alkaline. Though modern studies have not yet been extensive, it’s clear that this ancient remedy has major benefits to our overall health.
WHAT DOES NONI CONTAIN?
Noni is a powerful source of antioxidants, and some research suggests that the specific antioxidants contained in noni fruit could help prevent cancer. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which damage cells, leading to aging, cancer, and other problems.
Noni is also an anti-inflammatory, and yields many anti-aging benefits. It is rich in vitamin C, and can help improve irregular skin pigmentation and acne problems.
THE PARTS OF THE NONI PLANT
What most people notice about noni right away is the bright green fruit and the delicate white flowers that bloom from the plant. The fruit, once removed from the tree, ripens and turns white, indicating it is ready to be eaten (though some advocate eating noni fruit while it is green). Once this occurs, the fruit must be used quickly, or it will soon begin to rot and ferment. Noni trees are a tropical evergreen shrub of medium height and have large, shiny green leaves.
HOW TO EAT NONI
Intrigued by the potential benefits of noni? There are several ways to eat the fruit, shoots, and leaves of the noni plant. Some people use the leaves as a wrapping for cooking fish, but the most common use of the plant is to eat the fruit (in its green or white stage) raw or cooked.
Raw noni fruit will provide the greatest benefit, but it can be added to stir-fries or other savory dishes and eaten cooked. To eat raw, noni is best used in an Ulam salad or blended into a smoothie. The fruit should be peeled before using. Some people even eat raw noni with oatmeal or yogurt. Many people don’t enjoy the strong taste, and have trouble eating noni in its pure form, especially in sweet dishes. Opinions vary on the taste—like durian, many people find the smell and taste “funky”, while others think it tastes a bit like smoky coconut. If you don’t like the taste of noni, eating noni fruit in a smoothie can be a way to help mask the natural flavor of the fruit. Others have even been known to use it as a blue cheese substitute!
IS NONI JUICE WORTH IT?
As with most fruits, the biggest benefits that can be gained from noni can’t be obtained through drinking noni juice. Noni’s most potent healing properties are in the pulp, and the juice is often diluted, sweetened, and contains little of the nutritional value of fresh noni fruit. Juice and fermented noni are popular because they are very convenient and have a better shelf life than fresh noni, which tends to go bad quickly. Despite this inconvenience it is worth the extra effort to use noni in its raw form.
NONI FOR SKIN HEALTH
Biconi’s products rely heavily on the noni fruit, which is the basis for the Biconi Noni Enzyme, a powerful ingredient in many of the Biconi products. How does noni benefit the skin? Antioxidants help to fight free radicals and give skin a glowing, youthful complexion. The best option for your well being? Try eating noni fruit raw, and use all-natural skin and hair products containing noni—like the Hair Revitalising Shampoo Bar—to gain the benefits inside and out.
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