Noni, a flowering plant found in the Pacific, has been used since before recorded history, and its uses go beyond health benefits. In the Marquesas Islands, it helped in the process of tattooing, which at one time was so painful and dangerous that many died. Survivors used elements of the noni plant to assist
in their recovery, and then offered noni to the gods in sacred ceremony.
Native legends from Tonga include tales of the godess of death killing the demigod Maui. Maui was brought back to life in a sacred ceremony in which the leaves of the noni tree were placed on his body.
In America, noni juice is consumed for its variety of health benefits. Advocates of the drink include basketball star Chauncey Billups, though there's no word if he uses it to bring demigods to life to help beat the Spurs. Seriously, noni juice contains;
Phytonutrients: Natural chemicals that provide nourishment to cells, tissues, and organs, fight free radicals, ward off disease, and may even reverse the effects of aging and pollution. They are also believed to block the processes that lead to cancer.
Polysaccharides: Important compounds that stimulate and modulate the immune system and its response to cancer. Profoundly influences anti-cancer activity on the molecular level.
Selenium: This antioxidant and trace element preserves the skin's elasticity, thus slowing the aging process. Selenium also increases oxygen flow to the heart and may prevent blood clotting and hypertension.
Xeronine: An alkaloid believed by early researchers to stimulate cell function and regenerate damaged cells.
Anthraquinones (Damnacanthol): These antiseptic and anti-bacterial plant chemicals have been shown in laboratory tests to kill pre-cancer cells, Lewis Lung carcinoma, and prevent DNA damage. It stimulates the immune response to cancer by activating the body's T cells, or "Cancer Killers." These
are extremely important for people suffering from diseases that compromise the immune system.
Glycosides: Newly discovered compounds that scavenge free radicals, which damage cells.
Scopoletin: This chemical compound of noni juice has many health benefits. It is anti-flammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial. It regulates serotonin, the body's "feel good" hormone, which helps to ward off fellings of anxiety and depression. It is a vasodilator and lowers blood pressure. It binds to melatonin and helps to regulate sleep, hunger, and body temperature, and is also an analgesic.
Terpene: Rejuvenates cells and rids the body of toxins.
Limonene: A bitter cancer-fighting compound commonly found in noni juice and citrus fruits.
Unfortunately, the taste of noni juice won't be confused with a chocolate milkshake. At best, it's an acquired taste, so it is perfectly fine to use homeopathic noni .
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