During a recent visit to Daily Juice, in Austin. Also, my first visit since moving here. I noticed on the punch cards they hand out they refer to noni as, “nature’s aspirin.” This peaked my interest since I had a large mason jar full of noni powder that had just been sitting around for a long time. I ended up finding out a lot of interesting things about this unique fruit.
Noni is a fruit native to Australia, all the way to Southeast Asia. The noni plant is a small evergreen shrub or tree that grows from three to six metres. The noni plant has a straight trunk, large elliptical leaves, white tubular flowers and ovoid yellow fruits of up to 12 cm in diameter. The ripe noni fruit has a not so pleasant taste and odour. (1)
The fruit is full of nutritional goodness. The fruit is high in vitamin C, carbohydrates, and fiber. It contains approximately 71% carbohydrates and 31% fiber. Making it a great additive to smoothies for athletes. The carbohydrates are also complex carbs, so they are best used when carb loading before a big race or day at the crag. It is best consumed in powder form because of the valuable macronutrients lost in the juice format that is most commonly marketed to consumers.
Additional nutrients are vitamin B3, potassium, vitamin A, calcium, and sodium. The fruit is indeed known to have pain killing properties in addition to help with colds, cancer, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, skin infection, high blood pressure, mental depression, atherosclerosis and arthritis. (1) The Polynesians fist discovered the medicinal uses of this super fruit some 2,000 years ago, amazing huh? I find it interesting that before modern medicine we found cures strictly through foods and herbs.
I have been consuming noni daily in my smoothies since my bicycle accident. I have a lot of skin abrasions and pain from the accident. It definitely seems to be helping the skin abrasions heal faster. I can’t fully speak for the pain killing properties yet though as I had been on prescription pain killerrs and have been taking a lot of over the counter anti inflammatories in addition to some all natural supplements. So, I can’t totally say I notice a difference, but I believe it’s highly likely it has been helping.
Noni, powder can be purchased from almost any online store carrying health supplements and other all natural health food products. Just shop around to make sure you get a good deal.