I am 61 and I have Lupus, back pains and arthritis in my knees and hips. The heat and the humidity in Florida aggravate my condition, making me very tired and achy. I take about 2 ounces per day and my husband really notices it when I am not taking it regularly. The Hawaiian Herbal Blessing Noni juice is very beneficial to me.

Before, it was hard for me to be active at all, including doing simple things like housework and making dinner. Now that I am taking the noni, I don't ache and can swim for exercise 3 or 4 times per week. I have also noticed my moods have improved and my blood pressure is down. I was taking 240mg of Verapamil, a blood pressure medication, and my doctor has now reduced the dosage to 180mg..... Sally Crowley, 61, Florida

Why Noni?

Millennia ago Hawai'i Loa led his people to what was to be named after him as "The Hawai'ian Islands." They took along with them the essential items for rebuilding their lives in the new lands. Twenty seven plants (often referred to as the "Canoe Plants") accompanied them. Fourteen were food and included taro, nui (coconut) and 'ulu (breadfruit). Others were for wood, tapa (cloth) and healing. Of these few healing plants that made the voyage one was the NONI la'au. Noni la'au has been part of Hawai'ian healing traditions ever since. We at Hawaiian Herbal Blessings continue the tradition.

Three stages of noni growthNoni is the common Hawaiian name for Morinda citrifolia, also known as Indian Mulberry. The plant, indigenous to India, Malaysia, and Southeast Asia, is a type of evergreen ranging in size from a small bush to a tree 20 or 30 feet high. Approximately the size of a potato, the noni fruit has a lumpy appearance and a waxy, semi-translucent skin that ranges in color as it ripens from green to yellow to almost white. Native Hawaiians recognize it, sight unseen, because of the fruit's rancid smell when fully ripe. This smell decreases as the fruit is fermented and the juice is prepared. The taste is also improved during this processing.

Noni is receiving more and more attention from modern herbalists, medical physicians, and high-tech biochemists. Scientific studies within the last few decades lend support to the Hawaiians' and Polynesians' claims of its unusual healing power. Some of the health-related ingredients of Noni fruit that have been isolated are Morindone, Morindine, Acubin, Terpene compounds, L. Asperuloside, various Anthraquinones, Alazarin, Caproic Acid, Caprylic Acid, Scopoletin, Damnacanthal, and Alkaloids.

Alkaloids are colorless, complex, bitter bases, and they are essential to maintaining healthy stasis in the body. Dr. Ralph Heinicke, a respected biochemist formerly at the University of Hawaii, has dedicated himself to the study of one alkaloid in particular found in Noni called xeronine. The body produces xeronine in order to activate enzymes and to regulate and give structure to proteins. According to Dr. Heinicke, without xeronine, life would not exist. However, extracting xeronine from the human body has been impossible to date. The body's protein molecules consume the alkaloid immediately after it is created; and therefore, there is never an appreciable, insoluble amount in the body.

Bee On Noni FruitEven though the noni fruit has only negligible amounts of xeronine, the juice does contain very large amounts of a precursor to the essential alkaloid called proxeronine. Proxeronine is a colloid that, unlike most colloids, contains neither sugars, amino acids, nor nucleic acids and thereby has been overlooked by most biochemists. This compound initiates the release of xeronine in the intestinal tract after it comes in contact with a specific enzyme which is also contained in the noni juice. This particular chemical combination is believed to significantly affect cellular function, which can determine a whole host of physiological reactions. The enzymatic reactions that occur with taking noni juice on an empty stomach are what Dr. Heinicke believes set cellular repair into motion.

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