Is Noni Juice Good For You?

Is Noni Juice Good For You?
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What the peer-reviewed scientific literature has to say about noni juice.

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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.

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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.

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Doctor's Note

For more on noni juice toxicity, see Safety of Noni and Mangosteen Juice.

For some context, check out my associated blog posts: Is Noni or Mangosteen Juice Safe? and Soy milk: shake it up!

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  1. 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.

  2. 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

    1. Noni contains a chemical called Anthraquinone, which is toxic to many organs including the liver. This is the reason why it should not be consumed long-term.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. “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

  6. 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!

    1. So does an avocado that costs less than a buck. Whole fruits and vegetables give you more than just potassium. They give you a verity of essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, fats, etc, and they are way more delicious and better for you than a 40-dollar a bottle, highly processed juice. If a person eats a balanced diet, there is no need to dish out gazillions of dollars for a juice that has not been conclusively proven to provide any more benefit than a 30% placebo effect. 40 dollars a bottle are too much to pay for that!

      1. Catherine,

        Whole foods should always be your first choice, and yes the hype and cost of some highly touted, processed items, many with limited human studies and or isolated cell info, are way down the list for good nutrition and cost effectiveness.

        Dr. Alan Kadish moderator for Dr. Greger http://www.Centerofhealth.com

    1. The study used whole noni fruits — flesh, peel, seeds, fats — and not highly processed juices most people buy. Oranges are healthy but not necessarily the reconstituted fruit juice sold in cartons and bottles. Same thing.

  7. just like studies with small samples do not demonstrate effectiveness, isolated liver failure may not be actually caused by the fact someone is consuming a product. more background info is required. With $28B being spent on juice supplement using isolated cases of liver failure to demonise a product is as unrepresentitive as a dodgey sponsored study. However don’t think I support the miracle juice industry as I expect it is of little actual benefit when compared to product cost. Dr Gregor it would be great if you didn’t just point the finger at mlm companies like they are evil; as a couple of rotten apples don’t mean all apples are bad.

    How many die from taking prescribed pharmaceutical products each year in the US or die in hospital as a result of medical errors?

  8. I love your videos in general but this is a bit to pat for my taste. I’m not questioning the possibility that there’s some scammy juice concoction out there with toxic ingredients (noni isn’t too sweet so many formulations mix it with other juices) BUT to make a broad blanket statement like that with no real clinical data is a bit much.
    I had a severe ulcer a few years back (from NSAIDS) a good brand of pure noni juice brought me much relief and back from the brink so I could eat again.
    Later on a dear friend hooked on opiates (from surgery) asked me if I knew a painkiller that wasn’t addictive and I recommended noni for her. She grabbed a few bottles (of a cheaper not as expensive brand) and it worked like a charm. Less pain and she eased of the pills and into better comfort and health.

  9. Pubmed published recent research in May of 2016 that showed Noni leaf superior to a specific chemo drug for lung cancer. However the study was done on rats and only the leaf ,not the fruit was mentioned

  10. Noni does not cause liver damage, if you stop any medications you are using its because the noni causes the medication to be stronger.

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