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Is Noni Juice Good For You?

What the peer-reviewed scientific literature has to say about noni juice.

September 1, 2010 |
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Okay, berries are great but what about more exotic fruits like Noni? It may not be the prettiest fruit but for $40 a bottle it better be good for us right? Well, it is a fruit so it's got some antioxidants, but no more than apples or oranges or even bananas. What's more important though is that it may kill us. Noni juice seemed to shut down this poor 24 year old woman's liver.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

For some context, please check out my associated blog post: Soymilk: shake it up!

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/veguyan/ Veguyan

    Noni may kill us. After that, it is not clear what you are saying.

    • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

      That’s about it! Just that the risks may outweigh the benefits so we should steer clear and spend our hard earned money on fruits that don’t have the potential to damage our liver. Tragically there was another case reported last month: “Acute hepatotoxicity after ingestion of…Noni…juice in a 14-year-old boy.

  • Woodstufhp

    Question: you say Noni Juice……you are talking about the bottled noni juice ($40. a bottle!)  What about the fruit fresh off the tree…….juice rendered and consumed.  I know of a 75 year old man in perfectly good health that eats the fruit like apples….Others say that the fresh noni juice can be consumed for a month or two then should not be for 5 or 6 months.  Can you offer input?  It might just be the processings of the $40 a bottle Noni Juice.

  • Ruthhodsonreed

    Where is the research on Noni juice?  I have been affiliated with them for about 15 years never heard of these claims, they do have a research staff that claim it is totally safe, and in fact boosts immunity.  I am shocked and want the truth please.   Thanks

  • Lillis

    You should investigate Noni more. Especially from the company Morinda (TNI), as their Noni Juice is in Europe classified as a safe novel food:
    http://www.nutraingredients.com/Regulation/Noni-firm-wins-third-EU-novel-foods-approval

    And about the acute hepatotoxicity I found an interesting article:
    Ingredients other than noni may be culprits in acute hepatotoxicity in 14-year-old boy.

    http://journals.lww.com/jpgn/Fulltext/2011/10000/Ingredients_Other_Than_Noni_May_Be_Culprits_in.27.aspx

  • PIRKASH GANGLANI

    We would appreciate it if you could mention any studies done for a particular fruit, called guyabano and its benefits, i think they call it graviola, thank you very much.

  • Lillis

    “Hepatotoxicity and subchronic toxicity tests of Morinda citrifolia (noni) fruit.

    Abstract
    Morinda citrifolia (noni) fruit juice has been approved as a safe food in many nations. A few cases of hepatitis in people who had been drinking noni juice have been reported, even though no causal link could be established between the liver injury and ingestion of the juice. To more fully evaluate the hepatotoxic potential of noni fruit juice, in vitro hepatotoxicity tests were conducted in human liver cells, HepG2 cell line. A subchronic oral toxicity test of noni fruit was also performed in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats to provide benchmark data for understanding the safety of noni juice, without the potential confounding variables associated with many commercial noni juice products. Freeze-dried filtered noni fruit puree did not decrease HepG2 cell viability or induce neutral lipid accumulation and phospholipidosis. There were no histopathological changes or evidence of dose-responses in hematological and clinical chemistry measurements, including liver function tests. The no-observed-adverse-effect level (NOAEL) for freeze-dried noni fruit puree is greater than 6.86 g/kg body weight, equivalent to approximately 90 ml of noni fruit juice/kg. These findings corroborate previous conclusions that consumption of noni fruit juice is unlikely to induce adverse liver effects..”

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19797868

  • Jason

    Doctors and pharmaceutical industry must hate noni juice because
    noni juice works like wonder on hypertension. It lowers blood pressure big time! We know how much money medical industry makes with hypertension drugs!

  • Thinkabouddit

    Natural News just printed that noni stimulates the immune system to reject tumor cells: http://www.naturalnews.com/041651_noni_immune_system_tumor_cells.html

  • barbarabrussels

    I think the 40 bucks per bottle would kill me even faster.