You may have heard of the many health benefits of Morinda Citrifolia, commonly known as Noni fruit. You may not have heard that raw, unpasteurized noni juice is available as a potentially healthier alternative to other types of noni products.
What chemical constituents are available in raw, unpasteurized noni juice?
Just in case you need a refresher…raw, unpasteurized noni juice has been attributed with a wide range of healthy benefits, a few of which include: inhibiting tumor growth, alleviating depression and sleep disorders, boosting the immune system and lowering blood pressure. According to the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii, here are the main chemical constituents found in noni fruit and noni fruit juice which attribute to its beneficial effects.
Polysaccharides: (contributing immune-stimulatory, immune-modulatory, anti-bacterial, anti-tumor and anti-cancer effects)
Scopoletin: (dilates vasculature and lowers blood pressure, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, histamine-inhibiting, as well as effects on arthritic conditions, allergies, sleep disorders, migraine headaches, depression and Alzheimer’s disease)
The alkaloid Xeronine: (In theory, xeronine enhances enzyme activity and protein structure, although additional research is needed to further substantiate its effect.)
Vitamins and Minerals: (Magnesium, iron, potassium, selenium, zinc, copper, sulfur and ascorbic acid (vitamin C))
Lactic Acid Bacteria: Research has also shown that fermented noni juice contains lactic acid bacteria, which may improve the nutritional value of the food and the digestion of lactose, as well as help control intestinal infections, some types of cancer and serum cholesterol levels.
Why might noni juice be healthier if it’s raw and unpasteurized?
As raw food enthusiasts know, heating kills live vegetative cells. Fruits and vegetables retain the highest amounts of healthy nutrients and enzymes in their raw, natural state. Heating and processing food is one of the quickest ways to reduce the quality of its nutritional components.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of noni products which are commercially available are created using a pasteurized and processed noni puree or noni powder, which is then reconstituted with water or fruit juices.
This method of noni preparation significantly reduces the amount of nutrients and healthy enzymes which the raw, unpasteurized noni juice contains.
Ensure the quality of raw, unpasteurized noni juice before you buy
Drinking raw, unpasteurized noni juice has incredible potential to benefit your health. That said, not all noni juices are created equal. Here are some important quality indicators to look for before you buy raw, unpasteurized noni juice:
Aside from ensuring that your noni juice is made from 100% pure, raw noni fruit, you should also pay attention to the method used to process the juice. The highest quality noni juice is created by selecting a raw noni fruit in the perfect stage of ripeness, using traditional methods to ferment it for 3-6 months, then utilizing cold-pressing technology to create the noni fruit juice. Minimal processing should be used, in order to preserve the powerful healing properties of the noni plant.
Obviously, all noni products you use should also be organic, and preferably, grown by USDA certified organic farmers. The noni provider should be licensed by the FDA branch of their state Department of Health, and all noni products they produce should be processed in a certified organic handling and processing facility.
Ideally, the noni fruit juice should be made in small batches, with careful attention paid to FDA food preparation requirements. Noni drinks should be bottled in glass containers, to best retain their health properties and to preserve freshness.
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