The Noni Miracle: A Plant for All Reasons

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Imagine the ancient Polynesian seafarers traveling thousands of miles in uncharted seas on the vast South Pacific Ocean in search of new islands to settle. Without maps, compasses, or navigation tools, theses courageous explorers were guided only by their ancient knowledge of the stars, following the path of migrating sea birds and their adventurous spirit.

The sea-traveling Polynesians made their long ocean journeys in gigantic, double-hulled canoes that carried their essential items necessary to sustain life for long periods of time at sea as well as for life in their new lands. Each canoe carried 12 to 15 people along with their water, food, seeds, tools, livestock including pigs, chickens, and dogs.

These giant canoes were made with floating gardens which allowed the seafarers to grow their food as they sailed. Some of their most precious cargo included live plants, famously known as canoe plants. These plants were considered essential to meet their needs for food, fibre, building materials, and medicine.

Of all the canoe plants, the Polynesians revered the Noni plant most of all. It had so many important uses: meat was wrapped and then cooked in its leaves, the leaves were also made into a tea to treat malaria, reduce fever, or act as a pain reliever. A Noni poultice was applied for tuberculosis, sprains, deep bruising, rheumatism, fever, stings from stonefish, bone fractures, and dislocations. The stem was used in canoe parts, paddles, axe and adze handles. Stems were also used as digging sticks, firewood, and made into a red pigment used to dye clothing. Seeds were used as a scalp insecticide and insect repellent and flowers for sties.

With all of to its uses, it is no wonder the Polynesians honoured Noni as the “The Queen” of all their canoe plants.

Fast forward to the 21st world. Noni still reigns as a queen amongst medicinal plants. In fact, our modern world needs Noni more than ever! Our fast-paced lifestyle has made stress a household word. Ongoing stress is acknowledged as a primary cause of lowered immunity as well as one of the major causes for so many chronic illnesses.

What you need during times of stress (and lets face it, most of us live with stress on a daily basis) is the help of a powerful adaptogen! In case that you haven’t heard of the word “adaptogen” before, it is the term used for specific plants that are able to restore, harmonize and balance your body’s systems when dealing with stressful times. This includes daily frustrations, ongoing physical or emotions stress or even demanding physical exercise.

In the world of adaptogenic plants, Noni is one of the most powerful and scientifically proven adaptogens. In fact, Noni has a long and honoured history by cultures throughout the world and throughout the centuries as a medicinal plant that bestows endurance, resilience, and healing.

Just what makes Noni a superstar adaptogen providing so many varied health benefits?

The reason lies in Nature’s intelligent design which endowed the Noni fruit with extraordinary and unique nutrients.

Noni has been found to contain many different kinds of phytonutrients. Noni contains a rich assortment of vitamins and minerals, especially potassium, vitamin C, carotene, vitamin A and fatty acids. For instance, the Noni fruit has twice the naturally occurring levels of vitamin C than an orange!

But what really sets Noni apart from all other medicinal plants is a unique micro- nutrient called pro-xeronine.

Scientists have discovered that pro-xeronine is a building block of an alkaloid called xeronine which is present in every cell of all humans, animals, and plants. It has been discovered that xeronine is a vitally necessary nutrient because it is essential to activate all the body’s enzymes and proteins required for life.

So, let’s look at some of the stress-related health issues that Noni has been proven to help. As an adaptogen, Noni can assist with balancing blood sugar, relieve constipation, circulation, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, resolve ulcers, enhance indigestion, improve immunity, help chronic fatigue, and improve asthma.

It’s also great to know that Noni is a great relaxer! It not only encourages the nervous system to calm down but helps to improve sleep. Noni is known for its ability to release your own “natural high” endorphins, the natural inner chemistry that creates a profound sense of wellbeing!

We all want a sharp memory and an alert brain, but did you know that stress is one of the leading causes of cognitive impairment? Not to worry! Noni to the rescue once again! Studies have shown that the regular consumption of Noni offers protection to your brain as well as helps to fight against cognitive decline.

Stress plays havoc with one other critical aspect of your health – digestion.

As far back as 2500 years ago, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said, “All disease begins in the gut!” We now know just how profound gut health is to our overall wellbeing. As it turns out, the gut is responsible for much more than just digestion. In recent years, growing evidence has shown that the gut is responsible for up to 80 percent of your immune system function and even impacts your risk for obesity and chronic disease.

Beside its critical role in digestion, gut bacteria produce hundreds of neurochemicals that the brain uses to regulate basic physiological processes as well as mental processes such as learning, memory and mood. For example, gut bacteria manufacture about 95 percent of the body’s supply of serotonin, which influences both mood and GI activity. In addition, the research into serotonin has found that it plays a major role in maintaining your overall health. Serotonin affects a wide range of mental and physical responses in the body including the regulation of emotions, cognition, pain, and sensory motor function.

Once again, nature has imbued Noni with the ability to strengthen and heal your digestive system, improving nutrient absorption, stimulating the release of digestive enzymes, ensuring regularity, and cleansing the colon. Noni juice also has an extremely high ability to bind with serotonin, proving the Noni is a safe and effective way to naturally increase mood-enhancing serotonin levels. This is certainly great news for everyone seeking the greatest health and wellbeing!

The ongoing research into Noni’s many amazing healing benefits continues to reveal that Noni enhances your wellness in so many ways. As an adaptogen, Noni can insure optimal regulation of all your body systems. As the guardian of your digestive system, Noni enhances absorption of nutrients, optimizes immunity, and increases serotonin levels for an overall sense of wellbeing.

If you are seeking greater health, optimal wellness and vitality, Noni juice, without a doubt, should be part of your daily nutritional routine. You really can’t beat nature as the supreme healer! We now can agree with the Polynesian seafarers that Noni truly deserves the title “The Queen” of healing plants.

 

Sherrill Sellman, ND is a naturopathic doctor, psychotherapist, author, podcast host and
international lecturer. www.drsherrillsellman and fb/sherrillsellman

 

 

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