[NAFEX] Re: Noni Fruit
longdistshtr at shtc.net
Thu Mar 11 10:07:35 EST 2004
NOTE: Might want to show this to your physician. I remain un-committed to
Noni's medicinal value. Laboratory animals don't have the capacity to lie
but observers do, especially for "golden handshakes". "Hope springs
Chemical Constituents of Noni (Morinda citrifolia)
Following is a partial list of chemical constituents isolated from noni, and
their proposed or documented medicinal qualities or cultural significance.
The table was assembled from the literature presented in the “Noni
Bibliography” on this web site.
There are reportedly numerous other compounds isolated from the noni plant
that may have significant biological activity and are currently under
Noni Plant organ(s) Compound(s) Proposed or documented effects of compounds
Discussion & Notes
FRUIT and FRUIT JUICE Alkaloids (xeronine) In theory, xeronine enhances
enzyme activity and protein structure *According to some authorities, the
existence and the proposed effects of the so-called alkaloid, xeronine,
and/or the compound, pre-xeronine, have not been substantiated.
Polysaccharides (glucuronic acid; galactose; arabinose; rhamose;
glycosides; trisaccharide fatty acid ester) Immuno-stimulatory;
immuno-modulatory; anti-bacterial; anti-tumor; anti-cancer. A promising
area for research and a highly beneficial set of compounds.
Scopoletin Dilates vasculature & lowers blood pressure; anti-bacterial &
anti-fungal; anti-inflammatory; analgesic; histamine-inhibiting; arthritic
conditions; allergies; sleep disorders; migraine headaches; depression;
Alzheimer’s disease. Potentially wide applications.
Vitamins and Minerals: magnesium; iron; potassium; selenium; zinc; copper;
sulfur; ascorbic acid (vitamin C). The positive medical effects of the
vitamins and minerals in noni juice are well documented. For any questions
or medical and health concerns, consult a physician or dietician. Noni juice
is an excellent source of vitamin C.
FOLIAGE & CELL SUSPENSIONS Anthraquinones (damnacanthal) Antiseptic &
antibacterial effects in digestive tract (Staphylococcus, Shingela,
Salmonella). Internal application.
Glycosides (flavonol glycoside; iridoid glycoside, “citrifolinoside”)
Anti-cancer effects: (DPPH free radical scavenging activity; inhibition of
UVB-induced Activator Protein-1 activity in cell cultures. Discovery
reported in 2001.
ROOTS Anthraquinones (damnacanthal) Inhibits formation of lung carcinoma in
mice. Research from University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Morindin and Morindone Dyes, yellow and red colorants used for tapa cloth;
anti-bacterial. Culturally significant.
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